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Halloween recipes that are SCARY good!

It's the most frightening time of the year; Halloween!  On Halloween, trick or treating yields tongs of delicious candy and snacks, but you don't have to just enjoy sweets from the stores.  With a little creativity, you can make your own fantastic Halloween treats!  

halloween recipes
Posted 10-30-2017 by Nick Eugenis

Here are just a few popular recipes that are easy to make and will be the delight of everyone you share them with.

Toxic Macaroni & Cheese

Sure to delight even the most picky of ghouls in your home, this delicious recipe has a gross name, but an amazing flavor.  It's a spin on your traditional mac and cheese dish with a little extra food coloring to bring out the "ick" factor!

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 1/2 Cups milk or half & half 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 Tablespoon dry mustard powder pinch cayenne pepper 8 Ounces sharp white cheddar cheese Package frozen spinach (thawed and drained) green food coloring (optional) 1 Pound box pasta, cooked and drained 1 head fresh cauliflower (steamed**)

Directions
  • Melt butter in a large pan/Dutch oven over medium-low heat.
  • Add the flour and whisk to combine. Simmer, stirring constantly for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the milk and whisk to combine and remove all lumps.
  • Add the salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, and mustard, stir to combine.
  • Continue cooking until mixture starts to simmer, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add the grated cheese. Stir until melted and completely combined.
  • Add the drained spinach, stir to combine. Add a few drops of green food coloring if desired.
  • Add the drained pasta and stir until completely coated.
  • Stir in the steamed cauliflower, and serve immediately.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These creepy, but delicious cookies are sure to be a huge treat!

Ingredients 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 2 tbsp milk 1 tsp vanilla 1 3/4 cup flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup sugar for rolling 48 miniature Reese's cups unwrapped and frozen 96 candy eyes 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • In a large bowl, beat together shortening, peanut butter, egg, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture and beat until blended.
  • Form into 1" balls.
  • Roll in sugar and place a couple of inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  • Immediately, gently press an upside down frozen peanut butter cup on top of each cookie and move to wire rack to cool.
  • After placing and moving all of the cookies on the wire rack, put in place the candy eyes while chocolate is still slightly soft.
  • Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow cookies to firm.
  • Put chocolate chips in the corner of zippered sandwich bag.
  • Microwave for 20 seconds, knead and repeat until chocolate has melted.
  • Clip tiny piece off of the corner of bag to allow for piping and draw eight legs on each spider cookie.
  • Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes to allow legs to set.

Pumpkin Bread

There's nothing wrong with going with the old reliable, yet always delicious, pumpkin bread.  It's a simple recipe, but you can spook things up a bit by topping it off with some red frosting, or green frosting to make it look extra spooky.

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree 4 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup water 3 cups white sugar 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
  • Pour into the prepared pans.
  • Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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