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Friday, October 8

More Halloween Goodies

A good friend's teenage daughter is having a Halloween party this year, and I promised I'd put a few more gross but yummy recipes up so that they can have LOTS of fun!!  Of course, I've included pictures...mwahahahaha!!

These really are simple to make, and make for one OUTLANDISH looking table!!  To make floating ice "hands" for the drink recipes, simply fill food grade plastic gloves with water and freeze.  Once needed, run under warm water for a few seconds, then peel the glove off.  You can also buy a package of those fake eyeballs or plastic bugs, and freeze those inside ice cubes...looks REALLY eerie staring out at you from a bowl!! 

This is one of those classic Halloween punch recipes that kids love. The black color is perfect for Halloween, and children love the flavor. For adults, this may be a little sweet. But if you're looking to serve this for an adult Halloween party, simply add some lemon vodka-- it really helps to tame all that sugar.  This black punch looks great in a creepy Halloween punch bowl.

1 pkg. (.13 ounce) grape drink mix (like Kool-Aid)
1 pkg. (.13 ounce) orange drink mix (like Kool-Aid)
2 C. white sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 bottle (1 liter) ginger ale, chilled
1 cup lemon flavored vodka (for ADULTS only)
In a large punch bowl, combine grape and orange drink mixes, sugar, and water. Stir until combined and dissolved.  Chill thoroughly.  Just before serving, pour in the ginger ale.

This is one of those gross-looking Halloween punch recipes that will surprise your guests with its great taste. Sure, it looks like a bacteria-ridden swamp, but it tastes fresh and lemony. This is another recipe that can be adapted both to kids and adults. For grown-ups, add the bottle of rum. For the kids, keep it rum-free (unless you want them running into walls!). You don't need a fancy Halloween punch bowl for this recipe... it looks best served up in ugly containers. I like to use a brand new (but ugly) plastic bucket for effect.
2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen lemonade concentrate, partly thawed
2 cans (12 oz. each) frozen lime-ade concentrate, partly thawed
1 bottle (750 mL) light rum (optional)
2 bottles (2 liters each) lemon-lime soda (like Sprite or 7-Up)
2 quarts of lime sherbet
In a large punch bowl, stir together the lemon and lime-ade concentrates. Add the soda.  Pour in optional rum. Stir.  Float scoops of lime sherbert on top. For an even grosser, grey-tinged look, you can use rainbow sherbert (this gives your punch a dirty, swampy look, and is popular with lots of Halloween punch recipes.)
Severed Witches Finger Cookies are one of the most popular Halloween sugar cookie recipes out there. They're fun to make (let the kids help!) and you can make them as gross or funny as you like.  When it comes time to decorate this spooky Halloween cookie recipe, the sky's the limit. Some people like to make them subtle and not-too-scary. Others like to make them as realistic-looking as possible. For an extra dose of realism, stick a sliver of almond in the "severed" end of your fingers before baking to make a severed bone-- very realistic. Decorate severed ends and under "nails" with red food coloring or red gel decorator's frosting. Makes 5 dozen cookies.

2 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 C. butter, softened
1 C. powdered sugar
2/3 C. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3 1/3 C. all-purpose flour
3/4 C. (or so) whole almonds, blanched
Red food coloring OR red gel decorator's frosting
In a small bowl, combine the two egg yolks, the two whole eggs, the vanilla extract, and the almond extract.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, powdered sugar, sugar, and salt until well combined. Beat in the egg-vanilla mixture.  Spoon dough out onto a length of plastic wrap. Wrap up tightly and refrigerate until firm, about 30-40 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
When firm, cut about 1/4 of the dough to work with and leave the rest chilling in the refrigerator.  Divide your piece of dough into 15 pieces. Rolling between your hands or on a floured surface, make each piece a thin cylinder.  Shape cylinder into a finger, leaving ridges for knuckles. Because this Halloween sugar cookie recipe puffs during baking, you want to make the fingers skinnier than you want the final product to be. The fingers don't have to be perfect-- the crooked ones often look the creepiest.  Using a small knife, cut a few small ridges for knuckles.  Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining dough.  Right before baking, press a blanched almond into the fingertip, pointy end up.
Bake until golden, about 12 minutes. Cool completely-- they will be fragile until they cool.  Decorate around fingernails and severed "stub" end with red food coloring or red gel frosting.

How can something as good as guacamole be so gross? To make this grossest of Halloween party recipes, carve a small pumpkin as if he were puking. Serve your favorite guacamole recipe (or a package of store bought) as the puddle of puke in front of him. Place the whole thing on a plastic Halloween tray surrounded by blue and red tortilla chips. Laugh at the expressions of disgust on your guests' faces. If they're grossed out enough, you get to eat it all yourself!
These, along with the first post, will give some really creepy fun to ANY Halloween celebration.  ENJOY!!

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