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Homemade Halloween Treats: Fun & Easy Halloween Recipes


by Jill Borash

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. Probably because of the sheer amount of sugar involved. As a kid (or adult for that matter), what other holiday can you dress up funny and stuff your face full of candy and sweets and not get yelled at? And then there are all of the fun (and sometimes absolutely disgusting) things that you can serve to your friends at Halloween gatherings that you would never dare to serve on any other holiday. The only time it is permissible and even encouraged to put worms, spiders, bugs, and bats in your food.

Chocolate Spiders
1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups (half a bag) miniature marshmallows
thin black licorice whips
mini M&Ms

Melt chocolate in the microwave just until melted. I usually put it the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well after every 30 seconds. The chocolate should not be too hot or else it will melt the marshmallows. Add the marshmallows to the chocolate and mix well, until the marshmallows are completely coated with the chocolate. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Before the chocolate sets, add the licorice "legs" and the mini M&Ms for eyes. (About 2 inch pieces of licorice work well for the spider legs.) For an added flavor, add some peanuts to the marshmallows. Makes about 20 spiders

Black Cat Cookies
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/3 cup water
2 eggs
1 package chocolate cake mix
M & M's or candy corn
Red hots

In a medium bowl, mix the peanut butter, eggs, and water together. Slowly add in the cake mix and mix well. Roll the dough into1-inch balls and flatten them. Pinch two ears into the top of each cookie. Add the M&M's or the candy corn for the eyes and use a red hot for the nose. Press a fork into the dough on each side of the cat's "face" to form the whiskers. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. A tasty and fun Halloween treat.

Sparkling Halloween Punch
4 cups apple cider
2 cups orange juice
2 cups pineapple juice
2 cups apricot nectar
6 cups chilled ginger ale
orange and lemon slices
gummy worms

In a large bowl, mix the apple cider, orange juice, pineapple juice, and apricot nectar. Refrigerate for 2 hours or more. Right before you are ready to serve it, mix in the gingerale and add the orange and lemon slices. Drape gummy worms over the sides of the bowl. For an added Halloween touch, put small plastic spiders in ice cube trays and fill with water. Put in the freezer and add the spider ice cubes to the punch.

Jill Borash is the owner of YourBakingStory.com, a website where she shares her passion for baking and helping people tell their stories. Jill is a native of Minnesota and many of the recipes on her site come from fond memories of her childhood in Minnesota. Jill currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her daughter, who continues to help Jill create more baking memories. You may submityour own baking stories here.

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