Saturday, October 31, 2009

BOO! Happy Halloween Treats!

Today's the spookiest of days so to help with the enjoyment (and be a little more creative than bite-sized chocolate bars and mini bags of potato chips) I thought I'd post a few fun recipes that kids - and adults - can love.

In the craziness of getting your ghosties ready for trick or treating, something make ahead is a real plus. And your kids will probably love chili - especially when you serve it with Breadstick Bones.


Get out your crock pot and mix together the following:

2 (16) oz cans kidney beans, drained
2 (14) oz cans diced tomatoes
2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
1 large onion
1 green pepper
1 red pepper

1 can kernel corn
2 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tbsp taco seasoning
2 teaspoons Tabasco

Simmer on low all day or on high for the afternoon.

The easiest way to make the breadsticks is to buy the premade ones from your grocery freezer section. Peel the dough on the marks and roll out into 12 inch strips. Then tie a loose knot at each end and bake according to directions!

For dessert, why not freak out the little beasts with some Witches Finger Cookies? A variation of almond fingers, they're fairly easy and sufficiently spooky.

1 cup (250 mL) butter, softened
1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar
1 egg
1 tsp (5 mL) almond extract
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
2-3/4 cups (675 mL) all-purpose flour
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
3/4 cup (175 mL) whole blanched almonds
1 tube (19 g) red decorator gel (blood for fingers)

In bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla; beat in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remaining dough refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoonful (5 mL) of dough into finger shape for each cookie.

Press almond firmly into 1end for nail. Squeeze in centre to create knuckle shape; using paring knife, make slashes in several places to form knuckle.

Place on lightly greased baking sheets; bake in 325°F (160°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until pale golden. Let cool for 3 minutes. Lift up almond; squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back into place, so gel oozes out from underneath. Remove from baking sheets; let cool on racks. Repeat with remaining dough.

And after the wee goblins are in bed and the doorbell has stopped ringing, kick back and relax with some well earned Butterbeer a la Harry Potter - the adult version.


Ingredients:1 cup butterscotch schnapps
7 cups cream soda (2 liter bottle)
Carefully mix just before serving, adding the schnapps to the soda then stirring gently to mix well, or the fizz will dissipate too soon.

Happy Halloween!

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  1. Thanks for the recipes!

    What a neat idea about twisting those breadsticks to make "bones"! Most excellent! Methinks I'll try that tomorrow! (Guess I'd better thaw out the ground beef right now....)

    Have a Spooky Halloween and thanks again!

  2. Love the recipes. Hope you have a great Halloween.

  3. I love the "fingers"! Great recipes. Have a good Halloween. Take care. Caroline x

  4. I like your blog and will visit often now I've found it. Thanks for sharing and all the very best.

  5. What are everyone's plans for Halloween?

    We have company arriving as well as one of the kids going trick or treating. Other kids is "too old" and handing out candy instead. Our Jack O'Lantern is carved and the pirate flag is flying.

  6. Oh, I'm going to make the chili, sounds wonderful.

    I'm still trying to recover from last night. Because there are two very large dogs in my home who bark at a moments notice, I decided to try the "Candy honor system". What a huge mistake, one which was very costly.

    Parents brought their tots and teens in by the van loads and within 30 candy! I purchased over 15 bags of very nice candy and all of it gone in one hours time. Boy have times changed.