Make-your-own Halloween treats
A trio of recipes from Sharon Bowers's cookbook Ghoulish Goodies.
Sun Sep 20 2009
Chocolate Spider Clusters
Chocolate Spider Clusters
Makes about 24
Gleaming, red candy eyes add creepy appeal. Before the chocolate sets, pull a few chow mein noodle “legs” upward from each cluster as if they were waving.
1 cup (about 6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chow mein noodles
1/4 cup Red Hots or red mini M&Ms
(1) Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper or parchment.
(2) Put the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and melt the chocolate in the microwave: Heat on high for 60 seconds, then stir well. If it’s not quite smooth, heat again in two or three 10-second bursts, stirring well after each. Or melt the chocolate in a double boiler, over just-simmering water, stirring frequently. Avoid overheating, which can cause chocolate to seize up into a stiff mass.
(3) Stir the chow mein noodles into the melted chocolate, and drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Press 2 red candies onto one edge of each cluster to make eyes, and lift a few chow mein “legs.” Refrigerate to cool and harden, about 20 minutes, and serve chilled. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
These little confections make for a fun party activity. There are no set quantities: Make as many or as few as you like, depending on how many eager little hands are waiting. If you can’t find licorice strings, look for Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel and separate some into strands.
Green ice cream, either pistachio or mint--chocolate chip
Red or black licorice whips
Pointy sugar cones
(1) Line a baking sheet with wax paper or parchment and place rounded scoops of ice cream on it. Freeze until firm, at least one hour.
(2) Allow each child to decorate a scoop of ice cream with licorice strings on top for hair, candy corn for a nose, chocolate chips for eyes and red licorice for a mouth. Press a sugar cone on top for a hat, and grin at how cute it is. Flip over and eat immediately!
Candy Corn Pizza
Makes 4 to 6 servings
It’s not made with candy, but made to look like candy corn—once you cut the hot pizza into triangles. Use either a prebaked pizza crust, such as Boboli, or the ready-made pizza dough that can usually be found in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. You can also use either jarred pizza sauce or a 6-ounce can of tomato sauce with basil, which is lighter tasting and has no added sugar. Pizza is so forgiving that whatever you use, it will be good.
1 large pizza crust (or 1 pound pizza dough)
1 cup pizza sauce
4 ounces mozzarella, shredded (1 cup)
8 ounces orange cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
(1) Preheat the oven to 450F. Put the pizza crust on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal (if using pizza dough, spread it into a round).
(2) Smooth the sauce over the crust. Scatter the mozzarella in a circle in the very center of the pizza. Scatter the cheddar around the remaining space, leaving a visible rim of sauce and crust. (Keep the two cheeses as separate as possible so they’ll melt into distinct rings of color for the best effect.)
(3) Bake for 10 to 15 minutes if using a prebaked crust, or 20 minutes if using pizza dough. Cut into candy-corn triangles and serve immediately.
Excerpted from Ghoulish Goodies. Copyright 2009 by Sharon Bowers