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Deliciously Scary Treats for Goblins and Ghouls of All Ages

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Posted: Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 7:47 am, Fri Oct 25, 2013.

(Family Features) This Halloween, throw a wickedly wonderful fete for family and friends. With help from the Wilton entertaining experts, you'll have all the tricks to treat your guests to a spooky celebration that will leave them howling with delight. Halloween's not just for the kids anymore, so before you put on your costume, grab your baking and decorating supplies and get ready to let the creepy crawlers loose.

"Halloween is the one time of the year that you can take your decorating skills to the dark side," said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. "From finishing pumpkin cookies with ghastly grins to creating creepy cakes decorated like graveyard skulls, it's the perfect holiday to have some fun in the kitchen."

Try these tips from the Wilton test kitchen for tasty and terrifying treats:

  • Creepy Cupcakes: Transform traditional cupcakes into other worldly creations by decorating with eyeballs, spider webs or candy corn. Set up a decorating table during your Halloween party and let kids make their own creepy creations.

  • Trick the Treat: Swap out the standard packaged treats for homemade sweets. Wrap cookies, pumpkin cake pops and lollipops in decorative party bags for a fearfully fun take-home treat.

  • Mummy Wrap: Dress up your Halloween treats with themed baking cups. Pumpkins, mummies and ghosts are an instant way to give your party extra personality.

  • Stack the Skulls: Turn the crouque-en-bouche, a popular French dessert, on its head by replacing cream puffs with mini-skeleton skulls. To increase the scare factor, mix in bone-shaped cookies and antique the treats with Candy Melts candy and Color Mist food color spray.

Try these recipes for Pumpkin Cake Pops and Graveyard Crouque-en-Bouche for a spook-tacular Halloween party. For more unique decorating ideas and recipes visit www.wilton.com.

Tower of Horror Treats

Skull Cakes

Recipe: Skull Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • Buttercream icing

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Prepare Dimensions Mini Skull Pan with vegetable pan spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves and nutmeg. In small bowl, whisk together oil, eggs and applesauce. Add to dry ingredients, stirring until well combined. Fill each cavity about 2/3 full with 1/3 cup batter. Reserve remaining batter.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove to cooling grid and cool completely. Bake remaining batter as above.
  4. To assemble, cut the domes off of fronts and backs of skulls and sandwich with buttercream icing.

Makes 8 skulls

Cookie Bones

Recipe: Cookie Bones

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray Bones Cookie Pan cavities with vegetable pan spray.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg and extracts; mix well. Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture. Beat until well blended. Press dough into prepared pan cavities, filling 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan over; lightly tap pan to remove cookies. Cool completely on cooling grid.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Jolly Jack-o-Lantern Cookies

Recipe: Jolly Jack-o-Lantern Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Light Green, Black, Red and Orange Sparkle Gel

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray Easy Decorate Pumpkin Cookie Pan with vegetable pan spray.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg and extracts; mix well. Combine flour and salt; add to butter mixture. Beat until well blended. Press dough into cavities, filling 2/3 full.
  3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan over; lightly tap pan to remove cookies. Cool completely on cooling grid.
  4. Decorate cooled cookies with Sparkle Gel, using light green for stem; black for eyes, mouths and mustaches; red for tongue; and orange for remaining pumpkin areas. Let set, about 1/2 hour.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

Happily Haunted Lollipops

Recipe: Happily Haunted Lollipops

Ingredients:

  • White, Light and Dark Cocoa, Yellow, Black and Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice or Orange Candy Melts Candy
  • 11.75 inch lollipop sticks

Preparation:

  1. Melt Candy Melts candy as needed following package instructions. Pipe or brush details of Candy Corn/Pumpkin Lollipop Mold with melted candy; chill in refrigerator 5 to 10 minutes or until set.
  2. Fill candy mold cavities with contrasting melted candy. Place lollipop stick into mold, rotating the stick so it is completely covered with melted candy. Chill in refrigerator 10 to 15 minutes or until set. Remove from candy mold.

Each lollipop serves 1

Spirited Pumpkin Cake Pops

Recipe: Spirited Pumpkin Cake Pops

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (15.5 to 18.25 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • Water, eggs and oil to prepare mix
  • Orange, Black and White Candy Melts Candy
  • Black/White Colored Lollipop Sticks
  • Candy Eyeballs

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 12-cavity Silicone Petite Pumpkin Mold with vegetable pan spray.
  2. Prepare cake mix following package instructions; fill silicone mold cavities 2/3 full with cake batter. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from mold and cool completely.
  3. Melt orange Candy Melts candy following package instructions. Dip lollipop sticks in melted candy; insert into bottom of cakes. Using spatula or butter knife, spread melted candy onto backs of cakes; chill in refrigerator 5 to 10 minutes or until set. Place cooled cakes on cooling grid positioned over cookie sheet, candy side down; spoon or pipe melted candy over cakes until well coated. Chill in refrigerator 10 to 15 minutes or until set. Repeat if desired.
  4. Melt black Candy Melts candy in disposable decorating bag; cut small hole in tip of bag and pipe mouth, nose and eyebrows on pumpkins. If desired, pipe melted white candy teeth. Attach candy eyeballs with dots of melted candy.

Each pop serves 1

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