October 24, 2014
Foodie Fresh

Eye-Popping Party Snacks

Are your intestines squeezing on emptiness?  Is your stomach squishing and growling? Well, perhaps these creepy treats from All Recipes will fill your tummy!

fingersSpooky Witches’ Fingers
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup whole almonds
1 .75-ounce tube red decorating gel

Directions
1. Combine the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl. Beat together with an electric mixer. Gradually add the flour, baking powder, and salt while continually beating. Refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

3. Remove dough from refrigerator in small amounts. Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon at a time onto a piece of waxed paper. Use the waxed paper to roll the dough into a thin finger-shaped cookie. Press one almond into one end of each cookie to give the appearance of a long fingernail. Squeeze cookie near the tip and again near the center of each to give the impression of knuckles. You can also cut into the dough with a sharp knife at the same points to help give a more fingerlike appearance. Arrange the shaped cookies on the baking sheets.

4. Bake until the cookies are slightly golden in color, about 20 to 25 minutes.

5. Remove the almond from the end of each cookie; squeeze a small amount of red decorating gel into the cavity; replace the almond to cause the gel to ooze out around the tip of the cookie.

Spooky Halloween Eyes
12 hard-boiled eggs peeled and halved
1/4 cup mayonnaise, or as needed
1 teaspoon red food coloring, or as needed
1 teaspoon blue food coloring, or as needed
1 teaspoon black food coloring, or as needed

Directions
1.  Place each egg, cut side down, into a muffin cup paper liner.
2. Spoon mayonnaise into a plastic re-sealable bag, and snip 1 of the bottom corners of the bag. Pipe mayonnaise through the opening around the base of each egg half.
3. Portion red food coloring into a small bowl, blue food coloring into a second small bowl, and black food coloring into a third small bowl. Dip a clean and sterile small-tip paintbrush into the red food coloring and paint small lines onto each egg to represent “veins,” making sure to get a little of the red food coloring into the mayonnaise.
4.  Rinse brush and make a blue circle on the top middle of each egg to represent the “iris.” Rinse brush and paint a black ring around the iris and put a dot of black in the middle of the iris for the “pupil.”

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Bon appétit!

Lisa W.

Photo Credit: Recipe Girl

 

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