In addition to making the tasty recipes below, here are some other fun ways to turn ordinary munchies into something monstrously yummy.
• Make a bone-chilling witches brew by serving your favorite punch in a black cauldron. Use Halloween-themed ice cube trays to make ice shaped like bones or skulls.
• Turn a basic cream cheese fruit dip into a devilish slime dip by mixing in some neon green food coloring.
• Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut soft sandwiches and cheese slices into spooky shapes like ghosts, bats and pumpkins. You can use them to make homemade tortilla chips, too.
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Spooky Graveyard Pie
3 cups (about 32) finely ground chocolate sandwich cookies, divided
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
1¾ cups (11½-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons corn starch
8 chocolate-filled vanilla wafer cookies
Black and purple decorator writing gels
Assorted Nestlé Halloween candies
Combine 1½ cups cookie crumbs and butter in 9-inch pie plate. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and upsides of pie plate. Set aside remaining 1½ cups crumbs for dirt topping.
Whisk together evaporated milk, egg yolks and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in morsels until completely melted and mixture is smooth. Pour into crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1½ cups cookie crumbs. Press crumbs down gently. Refrigerate for three hours or until set. Decorate cookie tombstones with writing gels as desired; let set. Insert tombstones around edge of pie. With spoon, mound cookie crumbs to form “fresh graves.” Decorate graveyard with candy to make the pie as spooky as you want it to be. Makes eight servings.
Nutrition Information per serving: 560 calories; 260 calories from fat; 29g total fat; 16g saturated fat; 90mg cholesterol; 350mg sodium; 70g carbohydrate; 2g fiber; 44g sugars; 10g protein; 15 percent calcium; 10 percent iron.
2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
1/3 cup powdered sugar
3 cups toasted rice cereal
Heat morsels and ¾ cup peanut butter in small, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth; remove from heat. Add sugar; stir vigorously until smooth. Place cereal in large bowl. Add 1 cup melted chocolate mixture; stir until evenly coated. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Using small metal spatula, shape into 10-inch circle with slightly raised 1-inch-wide border. Pour remaining chocolate mixture in center of circle; spread to border. For Spiderweb, place remaining peanut butter in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe concentric circles on top of chocolate. Using wooden pick or tip of sharp knife, pull tip through peanut butter from center to border. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Cut into wedges. Makes 12 servings.
Nutrition Information per serving: 320 calories; 170 calories from fat; 19g total fat; 7g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 150mg sodium; 32g carbohydrate; 3g fiber; 19g sugars; 7g protein; 15 percent iron.
Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com. – Courtesy of Family Features