Monday, October 29, 2012

.OREO-Pumpkin Cookie Balls.

OREO-Pumpkin Cookie Balls Halloween Recipe

6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (15.25 oz.) OREO Peanut Butter Creme Cookies, finely crushed
2 pkg. (6 squares each) BAKER'S White Chocolate, melted
1 cup orange colored sugar
10 pretzel sticks, each broken into 4 pieces

1. MIX cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended.

2. SHAPE into 40 (1-inch) balls. Dip balls in melted chocolate; roll in sugar to evenly coat. Place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. Insert 1 pretzel piece into top of each for the pumpkin's stem.

3. REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm.

How to Easily Dip Cookie Balls - To easily coat cookie balls with the melted chocolate, add balls, in batches, to bowl of melted chocolate. Use 2 forks to roll balls in chocolate until evenly coated. Remove balls with forks, letting excess chocolate drip back into bowl. Place balls in prepared pan; let stand until chocolate coating is firm.

(Source: Kraft)


.Monster's Toes.

Monster's Toes Halloween Recipe

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups flour
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Lime Flavor Gelatin
18 berry-shaped gummy candies

1. HEAT oven to 350°F.

2. BEAT butter in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Add flour and dry gelatin mix; mix well.

3. ROLL dough into 18 toe-shaped pieces; place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheet. Flatten 1 end of each. Use sharp knife to make crosswise slits in each toe for the knuckles. Flatten gummy candies slightly with rolling pin. Place 1 on flattened on end of each toe for the toenail.

4. BAKE 10 to 14 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet 5 min. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

(Source: Kraft)


.Frightening Witch's Finger Cookies.

Frightening Witch's Finger Cookies Halloween Recipe

1-1/4 cups PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, divided
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups flour

1. HEAT oven to 325ºF.

2. RESERVE 40 nuts for later use; process remaining nuts in food processor until finely ground. Beat next 5 ingredients in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in ground nuts. (Dough will be stiff.)

3. ROLL dough into 40 (3-inch) "fingers," using 1 Tbsp. dough for each. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Press 1 reserved nut into end of each dough finger for the fingernail. Use sharp knife to make 3 crosswise slits in top of each finger for the knuckles.

4. BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 3 min. on baking sheet; carefully transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

(Source: Kraft)


.Skeleton Cookies.

Skeleton Cookies Halloween Recipe

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Butterscotch Instant Pudding
2 eggs
2-1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. decorating icing

1. BEAT butter, sugar and dry pudding mix in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs. Mix all remaining ingredients except icing. Gradually add to pudding mixture, beating well after each addition. Refrigerate 15 min.

2. HEAT oven to 350°F. Place dough between 2 sheets of parchment or waxed paper; roll to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into halloween shapes with 3- to 4-inch cookie cutters, rolling dough scraps as necessary. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray.

3. BAKE 10 to 12 min. or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand on baking sheets 3 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely. Decorate with icing to resemble skeletons as shown in photo.

This recipe makes 24 cookies which makes it a great treat to bring to a party and share.

Make Ahead - Cookies can be baked ahead of time. Cool, then store in airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days. Decorate before serving.

(Source: Kraft)


.Candy Corn-Crispy Treats on a Stick.

Candy Corn-Crispy Treats on a Stick Halloween Recipe

3 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1 pkg. (10 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal
4 drops red food coloring
24 drops yellow food coloring, divided

1. MICROWAVE butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 sec. Add cereal; mix well.

2. PAT 1 cup cereal mixture into 3-1/2-inch circle on center of large cutting board sprayed with cooking spray. Add red food coloring and 12 drops yellow food coloring to 2 cups of the remaining cereal mixture; mix well. Tint remaining cereal mixture with remaining yellow coloring.

3. PAT orange-colored cereal mixture into 1-1/2-inch-wide ring around cereal mixture on cutting board. Repeat with yellow-colored cereal mixture. Cool completely.

4. CUT cereal mixture into 12 wedges. Insert wooden popstick into rounded end of each wedge.

(Source: Kraft)


.Cheesy Bones.

Cheesy Bones Halloween Recipe

1 pkg. (11 oz.) refrigerated soft breadsticks
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing
1 Tbsp. hot pepper sauce

1. HEAT oven to 375ºF.

2. SEPARATE breadsticks; cut each crosswise in half. Working with one piece at a time, stretch each to 5-inch length; tie knot at each end. Roll in cheese to evenly coat all sides.

3. PLACE, 2 inches apart, on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.

4. BAKE 8 to 10 min. until golden brown. Meanwhile, mix ranch dressing and hot pepper sauce.

5. COOL breadsticks slightly. Serve with dressing mixture.

For a spicier dipping sauce, mix the dressing with more hot pepper sauce.

Make Ahead - These breadstick bones can be made ahead of time. Reheat in microwave just before serving.

(Source: Kraft)


.Cheesy Jack-o'-Lantern.

Cheesy Jack-o'-Lantern Halloween Recipe

3 green onions, divided
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1/4 cup finely chopped red peppers
2 slices OSCAR MAYER Pepperoni
RITZ Crackers

1. CUT 4-inch length from green end of 1 onion; slice remaining onions. Beat cream cheese and 1-1/4 cups Cheddar with mixer until well blended. Stir in sliced onions and peppers. Refrigerate 1 hour.

2. SHAPE into ball; roll in remaining Cheddar. Cut pepperoni into shapes for the jack-o'-lantern's eyes, nose and mouth; press into cheese ball to make face. Insert green onion piece into top for stem.

3. SERVE with crackers.

(Source: Kraft)


Sunday, October 28, 2012


FrankenMallows Halloween Recipe

6 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
25 JET-PUFFED Marshmallows, divided
Suggested decorations: BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut, food colorings, colored sugar, pretzel sticks, ring-shaped toasted whole grain oat cereal, decorating icing, chow mein noodles, PLANTERS Nuts, small candies

1. MELT chocolate as directed on package. Dip 20 marshmallows, 1 at a time, in chocolate, turning to evenly coat each marshmallow. Gently shake off excess chocolate. Place marshmallows, in single layer, on sheets of waxed paper. Reserve remaining melted chocolate for decorating. (NOTE: If decorating coated marshmallows with coconut hair, place 1/2 cup coconut in small resealable plastic bag. Add 2 drops each green and yellow food coloring; seal bag. Shake to evenly tint coconut. Arrange on tops of coated marshmallows. If desired, pinch coconut into a mohawk cut before placing on marshmallows.)

2. LET marshmallows stand at room temperature 2 hours or until chocolate is firm.

3. CUT each of the remaining marshmallows crosswise into 4 pieces with clean kitchen shears. Cut v-shaped notch out of each piece for the shoes. Dip cut-sides in colored sugar. Attach 1 notched marshmallow to bottom of each chocolate-covered marshmallow with a dab of the remaining melted chocolate.

4. DECORATE coated marshmallows with remaining decorations as desired. For bolts: Cut pretzels into 1/4-inch lengths. Insert 1 pretzel piece into each cereal ring; insert 2 pretzels into opposite side of each marshmallow, securing each with a dab of melted chocolate. For eyes, nose, scars and other hair styles: Decorate marshmallows with remaining ingredients as desired.

Ghastly Green FrankenMallows - Prepare using BAKER'S White Chocolate, blending 2 drops each green and yellow food coloring with melted chocolate before using as directed.

(Source: Kraft)


.Flowery Cake of the Dead.

Flowery Cake of the Dead Halloween Recipe

1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
1 cup water
1/2 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1 oz. BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 oz. BAKER'S White Chocolate
20 JET-PUFFED Marshmallows
3 Tbsp. assorted colored sugars

1. HEAT oven to 350ºF.

2. BEAT first 5 ingredients with mixer 2 min. or until blended; pour into 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 35 min. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Invert cake onto cake board or tray. Frost with COOL WHIP.

3. MELT chocolates as directed on packages. Draw 7x5-inch skull shape on piece of paper; tape onto piece of cardboard. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Trace around pattern with melted semi-sweet chocolate, then fill in pattern with remaining melted semi-sweet chocolate. (See Tip.) Refrigerate 10 min. or until firm. Remove plastic wrap and chocolate shape from cardboard; invert chocolate skull onto center of cake. Discard plastic wrap. Draw skull's face with melted white chocolate piped from separate bag.

4. USE clean kitchen shears to cut each large marshmallow crosswise into 5 pieces; dip cut sides in colored sugars. Decorate cake with marshmallow flowers, pressing 5 marshmallow pieces, cut-sides up, together to make each flower. Sprinkle remaining colored sugars onto centers of flowers. Keep refrigerated.

How to Pipe Melted Chocolate - Spoon melted chocolate into small resealable plastic bag. Press out excess air and seal bag. Cut small piece (about 1/8 inch) from one bottom corner of bag. Use to trace and fill in skull pattern with chocolates as directed.

How to Easily Cut Marshmallows - Use clean kitchen shears to cut marshmallows into pieces as directed, dipping shears in warm water and wiping dry with paper towel between cuts to prevent sticking.

(Source: Kraft)


.Candy Corn Marshmallow Crispy Treats.

Candy Corn Marshmallow Crispy Treats Halloween Recipe

1/4 cup butter
6 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
12 drops yellow food coloring
4 drops red food coloring
6 cups crisp rice cereal
2 cups candy corn

1. MICROWAVE butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring in food colorings after 45 sec.

2. ADD cereal and candy corn; mix well. Press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.

3. COOL completely before cutting into bars. Cut each bar diagonally in half.

Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients; continue as directed.

How to Press Cereal Mixture into Pan - Use waxed paper to press marshmallow mixture into prepared pan.

(Source: Kraft)


.Gooey Brain Cupcakes.

Gooey Brain Cupcakes Halloween Recipe

1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
14 OREO Cookies, coarsely chopped
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
1 cup cold milk
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1 to 2 drops red food coloring

1. HEAT oven to 350°F.

2. PREPARE cake batter as directed on package; stir in cookies. Spoon into 24 paper-lined muffin cups. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in pans 10 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.

3. BEAT pudding mix, milk and sugar in large bowl with whisk 2 min. Stir in COOL WHIP and food coloring; spoon into pastry bag fitted with round tip.

4. PIPE pudding mixture in zigzag pattern on tops of cupcakes to resemble brains, starting in center of each cupcake before filling in sides. Keep refrigerated.

Make Ahead - Decorated cupcakes can be stored in refrigerator up to 8 hours before serving.

If You Don't Have a Piping Bag- Fill a resealable plastic food storage bag with pudding mixture; seal bag. Cut corner off bottom of bag, then squeeze pudding mixture from bag onto cupcakes.

(Source: Kraft)


.Snake-Bite Calzone.

Snake-Bite Calzone Halloween Recipe

1 can (13.8 oz.) refrigerated pizza dough
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup POLLY-O Original Ricotta Cheese
31 slices OSCAR MAYER Pepperoni, divided
1 egg white
1 drop each yellow and green food coloring, divided
2 manzanilla olives
1 cup pizza sauce

1. HEAT oven to 350°F.

2. UNROLL dough on lightly floured work surface; roll or flatten to 17x10-inch rectangle. Combine cheeses.

2. CUT 1 pepperoni slice to resemble a snake's tongue; set aside. Arrange remaining pepperoni slices over dough rectangle, leaving 1-inch border around all sides; top with spoonfuls of the cheese mixture. Roll up dough, jelly-roll fashion, starting at one long side; pinch seams together to seal. Place, seam-side down, in "s" shape on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray to resemble snake.

3. BEAT egg white and yellow food coloring lightly with fork; brush about half over dough. Add green food coloring to remaining egg white; brush randomly over dough to resemble a snake's splotched skin. Insert olives into one end of dough for the snake's eyes. Add pepperoni tongue.

4. BAKE 30 to 35 min. or until golden brown. Meanwhile, heat pizza sauce just until warmed.

5. SERVE calzone with the sauce.

Special Extra:: Mix 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning or dried oregano leaves to the cheese mixture before using as directed.

Frenchy Snake:: Omit ricotta cheese and pizza sauce. Substitute 1 can (11 oz.) refrigerated French bread dough (at room temperature) for the pizza dough, KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese for the mozzarella and 14 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Smoked Ham for the pepperoni. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 16x6-inch rectangle. Spread with 1 Tbsp. GREY POUPON Dijon Mustard to within 1 inch of sides. Arrange 7 ham slices down center of dough rectangle, overlapping slices as necessary; top with Cheddar and remaining ham. Roll up and continue as directed, adding the pimento strip from an additional olive for the tongue.

(Source: Kraft)


.Yummy Mummy Spinach Dip.

Yummy Mummy Spinach Dip Halloween Recipe

1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen pizza dough, thawed
1 egg, beaten
2 sticks KRAFT or POLLY-O Mozzarella String Cheese
2 black olive slices
1 cup BREAKSTONE'S Reduced Fat or KNUDSEN Light Sour Cream
1/4 cup KRAFT Lite Ranch Dressing
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, well drained
1 green onion, sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped red peppers
1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
WHEAT THINS Original Snacks

1. PAT dough into 12x6-inch oval on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Indent dough, about 3 inches from one end of oval, for the mummy's head. Let rise in warm place 20 min. or until doubled in volume.

2. HEAT oven to 375ºF. Brush dough with egg. Bake 18 to 20 min. or until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped lightly. Pull apart string cheese to make about 16 strips; arrange on bread for the mummy's wrappings. Bake 1 to 2 min. or just until cheese is melted; cool slightly. Press olive slices into bread for the mummy's eyes; cool completely.

3. MEANWHILE, mix sour cream and dressing in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in next 5 ingredients. Refrigerate 30 min. or until ready to serve.

4. USE sharp knife to remove bread from top of mummy's body; scoop out bread from center, leaving thin shell on bottom and side. (Reserve bread top. Discard removed bread or reserve for another use.) Fill bread with spinach dip just before serving; cover with top of bread. Serve with WHEAT THINS.

Serve with WHEAT THINS Crunch Stix or TRISCUIT Thin Crisps.

Substitute whole cloves, raisins or peppercorns for the sliced black olives.

Serve dip with cut-up fresh vegetables.

(Source: Kraft)


.Deviled Eyes.

Deviled Eyeballs Halloween Recipe


Batch of Deviled Eggs
Blue Food Coloring OR Guacamole/Avocado
Black Olives
Beet Juice


1. Make deviled eggs as usual.
2. If desired, add a drop of blue food coloring (or a dollop of guacamole), to give the eyeballs a greenish appearance.
3. Slice some black olives crosswise.
4. Place an olive slice in the middle of each egg.
5. Give the eyeballs a bloodshot look by dripping beet juice onto the white of each egg, starting from the center and moving outward toward the edge.

(Source: Top 50 States)