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Kitchen Adventures: Sweet treats for Halloween

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Food column by Becca Owsley

By Becca Owsley

Some people like Halloween for ghosts and ghouls. Others, like me, are in it for candy and treats.

I remember when you could bring homemade treats to school parties. Cookies, candy, popcorn and caramel apples also were a welcome treat.

While schools have limited what homemade goods can be served in classrooms, you still can whip up tasty treats at home. Some are goodies the entire family can have fun making together. 

A simple idea that is easy to do with kids is to make witch hats out of fudge stripe cookies and chocolate kiss candies. The recipe has three ingredients, no baking and easy instructions. Even toddlers can help.

Place a round fudge cookie upside down and attach the chocolate to it with frosting. The recipe calls for orange and green frosting. Normally you can mix red and yellow food coloring to get orange but my box of food coloring was missing yellow. For some reason, I had purple coloring paste and because purple is a popular Halloween color, I went with it.

The Oreo Spider Cookies were more challenging.

Local stores don’t seem to be carrying Halloween-themed Oreos this year, so I used regular Oreos. Black string licorice also is hard to find and thicker licorice wouldn’t work. I went with the pull-and-peel version of Twizzlers for the spider legs, but the fruity taste did not go well with Oreos. If you plan to make these, you’ll want to plan ahead and find a store that carries thinner black licorice for the legs.

Regardless, kids can have fun making a cookie spider.

The third recipe makes a highly addictive treat. At least that’s what my co-workers told me.

This Halloween-themed candy bark includes something salty and something sweet, combining pretzels with caramel, white chocolate candy coating and the taste of candy corn.

The most difficult part of this recipe is the caramel step. Depending on the consistency of your caramel, it might not drizzle well and if you try to spread it over the pretzels, it can get sticky. Also, some of the caramel stiffened. The result was some candy pieces were just like any other candy bark and some were sticky with caramel. Both tasted great.

This recipe isn’t as kid friendly to prepare, but they’ll enjoy eating it when it’s finished.

Skip the ghouls and instead drool over treats this Halloween. 

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270- 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Witch Hat Cookies
Fudge stripped shortbread cookies
Chocolate kiss candies
Orange or green frosting

Using a plastic zipper bag or pastry bag, pipe a nickel sized circle of frosting on top of cookie. Place chocolate kiss on top of frosting, pressing lightly so frosting slightly oozes out from underneath.  

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Oreo Spider Cookies
Black string licorice
20 orange cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
Chocolate ready-to-spread frosting
40 miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces

For each cookie, cut eight 1 1/2-inch pieces of licorice for legs. Insert four pieces into filling on each side of each cookie.

With frosting, attach two miniature chocolate pieces to top of each cookie for eyes.

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Salted Caramel Candy Corn Bark
1 bag of waffle style pretzels 
1 (16 ounce) package vanilla candy coating
1 (11 ounce) package caramel bits
1 (9 ounce) bag candy corn M&M's or regular candy corn

Line a baking sheet with wax paper and then place the pretzels in the pan side by side. Melt caramel in a microwavable bowl according to package directions. Stir caramel until smooth and then spoon caramel over each individual pretzel. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Melt the vanilla coating in the microwave according to package directions. Pour the coating over the caramel and spread evenly. Allow to cool for a minute and then place M&M's or candy corn on top. Allow candy to harden and then cut into pieces. Peel the wax paper from the caramel.

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