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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Bowers, Sharon.
Ghoulish goodies / by Sharon Bowers.
p. cm.
Includes index.
ISBN 978-1-60342-146-1 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1. Halloween cookery. I. Title.
TX739.2.H34B69 2009
641.5’68—dc22
2009007802

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Introduction, 2
Intr
CChapter One

Candy
C
and
dy aand Goodies, 13
Chapter Two

Cookies, 49
Chapter Three

Cakes and Cupcakes, 71
Chapter Four

Party Food, Snacks, and Drinks,
rink
ks, 1107
07
Chapter Five

Halloween Supper, 125
Chapter Six

Scary Party Food, 137
Postscript, 147
Index, 151

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chapter

6

You can make some party food scary simply by giving it a creepy
name. For instance, roasted chicken wings are much more fun to eat on Halloween if
a card placed near the serving dish identifies them as “Bat Wings,” and a “Sandwich
Graveyard” makes a platter of sandwiches much more Halloween-appropriate.
Other food actually looks kind of creepy, innocent as it is. While Worm Pie or Cup of
Worms might take you into sugar overload, they are just gummy worms, set in Jell-O
or buried in chocolate pudding and cookie crumbs. If you still enjoy eating gummy
worms — I find I can live without them quite nicely as the years go by, but my kids feel
differently — you probably won’t find these dishes off-putting in the slightest.
All bets are off, however, when it comes to the scary foodstuffs that people feel, rather
than eat. For a kids’ party, I trot out the goopiest, yuckiest stuff I can think of to represent things like witch’s guts (canned spinach) and intestines (soft manicotti stuffed with
sour cream). And some items, such as dried apricots or torn flour tortillas, feel quite
harmless in and of themselves, but when you hide them in a paper bag and call them
mangled ears and flayed skin . . . well, the possibilities are endless.

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Makes 36 bones

Funny Bones

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More fun with pretzels and melted chocolate! Like the pretzel
lollipop ghosts, these are a tasty mix of sweet and salty. With the white chocolate coating
on them, they are uniformly charming. For the best effect, heap and jumble the little
bones in a bowl rather than laying them on a plate. (Although I call for white chips, this
is one place where lower grade white “coating” chocolate or bark is so easy to work with
that it might be worth the trade-off in taste.)
1 (12-ounce) package white
chocolate chips (2 cups)
36 pretzel sticks and rods of various
sizes
72 mini-marshmallows (about 1 cup)

1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
2. Place the chips in a double boiler over just-simmering water and melt, stirring fre-

3.
4.

quently. As soon as the chips are just melted (there may even be a few solid ones left),
remove the pan from the heat and remove the top section of the double boiler so the
chocolate’s temperature doesn’t keep rising.
Stick marshmallows onto both ends of the pretzels, with the marshmallows’ flat sides
parallel to the pretzel.
Dip each pretzel in the chocolate and lift out with a fork, letting the excess drip back
in the bowl. Lay the bones on the baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes to
harden the chocolate. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or at a cool
room temperature.

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index
Page references in italics indicate
photos or illustrations.

A
Apples, Caramel, 33, 33–34

B
Bag O’ Dirt (party favor), 145
Bandaged Fingers, 110, 111
Bat Wings (chicken wings), 141
beef, ground
Haunted Shepherd’s Pie, 134
Unblinking Eye Halloween Meatloaf, 130
beverages, 107, 115–120
Bite-Your-Tongue Spiced Cider, 115
Ghoul-ade with Fly-in-My-Ice, 118, 119
Haunted Drinking Chocolate, 120
Screaming Red Punch with a Hand, 116, 117
Boo-rific Pumpkin-Seed Brittle, 16–17
Bread, Pumpkin-White Chocolate, 135
Brownies, Swirled Chocolate-Pumpkin, 68

C
cakes and cupcakes, 9, 71–105
Creature Feature Cupcakes, 102, 103–105
Ghostly White Cake, 75–76, 77
Hairy Eye Cupcakes, 99–100, 101
Halloween After-Cake, 148
Halloween After-Cupcakes, 150
I’ Scream Cake, 72, 73–74
Monster Cupcakes, 96, 97–98
platter for large cakes, 71
Pumpkin Spice Jack-O’-Lantern Cake, 84, 85–87
Spiderweb Pumpkin Cheesecake, 121–122, 123
Spidery Cupcakes, 88, 89–90
Tombstone Cupcakes, 91–92, 93
Whistling Past the Graveyard Cake, 78, 79–80
Witch’s Hat Sheet Cake, 81–83, 83

Wormy Cupcakes, 94–95
candy and goodies, 13–47
Boo-rific Pumpkin-Seed Brittle, 16–17
Caramel Apples, 33, 33–34
Chocolate Mice, 38, 39
Chocolate Spider Clusters, 42, 43
Funny Bones, 24, 25
leftover candy, recipes for, 147–150
Monster Eyeballs, 14, 15
Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Fudge, 32
Pumpkins in the Field, 40, 41
Rice Krispie Jack-O’-Lanterns, 35–36, 37
Rocky Road-to-Perdition Fudge, 31
Swamp Creature Toes, 22, 23
White-as-a-Sheet Ghost Lollipops, 28, 29–30
Worse-Than-Its-Bite Chocolate Bark, 26–27
Wrapped Caramels, 44–45
Candy Corn Pizza, 128, 129
caramel
Caramel Apples, 33, 33–34
Sticks and Stones Caramel Corn, 20–21
Wrapped Caramels, 44–45
cheese
Candy Corn Pizza, 128, 129
Cheddar Eyeballs, 112, 113
Witches’ Knuckles, 108, 109
Cheesecake, Spiderweb Pumpkin, 121–122, 123
chocolate/chocolate chips, 8
Bag O’ Dirt (party favor), 145
Choco-Bats, 66, 67
Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Bars, 69
Chocolate Mice, 38, 39
Chocolate Spider Clusters, 42, 43
Cup of Worms, 142, 143
Haunted Drinking Chocolate, 120
Monster Eyeballs, 14–15
Rocky Road-to-Perdition Fudge, 31
Swamp Creature Toes, 22, 23

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chocolate/chocolate chips (continued)
Swirled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies, 68
Tombstone Cupcakes, 91–92, 93
Worse-Than-Its-Bite Chocolate Bark, 26–27
Cider, Bite-Your-Tongue Spiced, 115
Colcannon, 131
Cold-as-a-Witch’s-Hat Cones, 46, 47
coloring food, 6, 36
cookies and bars, 49–69
Choco-Bats, 66, 67
Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Bars, 69
Dem Bones (Ossi di Morti), 59
Gingerbread Jack-O’-Lanterns, 50–51
Glowing Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies, 53–54, 55
Halloween After-Cookies, 149
Ladies’ Fingers, 62, 63
Monster Toes, 52
Perfect Sugar Cookie Ghosts, 60–61
Spiderweb Sugar Cookies, 56, 57–58
Spooky Shortbread Tombstones, 64–65, 65
Swirled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies, 68
Creature Feature Cupcakes, 102, 103–105
Cup of Worms, 142, 143

D
Dem Bones (Ossi di Morti), 59
desserts, 142–146, 144
Bag O’ Dirt (party favor), 145
Cup of Worms, 142, 143
Jiggly Eyeballs, 144
See also cakes and cupcakes; cookies and bars

H
Hairy Eye Cupcakes, 99–100, 101
Halloween After-Cake, 148
Halloween After-Cookies, 149
Halloween After-Cupcakes, 150
Haunted Drinking Chocolate, 120
Haunted Shepherd’s Pie, 134

I
ice cream
Cold-as-a-Witch’s-Hat Cones, 46, 47
I’ Scream Cake, 72, 73–74
icing, 9, 61, 78, 80

J
Jiggly Eyeballs, 144

L
Ladies’ Fingers, 62, 63
Lollipops, White-as-a-Sheet, 28, 29–30

M
Meatloaf, Unblinking Eye Halloween, 130
Monster Cupcakes, 96, 97–98
Monster Eyeballs, 14, 15
Monster Toes, 52

O
Orange Popcorn Balls, 18, 19
Orange Rice with Bacon (Pumpkin Risotto), 126

F

P

Feeling Scary (scary things to touch), 138
fudge. See under candy and goodies
Funny Bones, 24, 25

Party Sandwich Graveyard, 139
peanuts and peanut butter
Boo-rific Pumpkin-Seed Brittle, 16–17
Monster Eyeballs, 14, 15
Monster Toes, 52

G
Ghostly Mashed Potatoes, 132, 133
Ghostly White Cake, 75–76, 77
Ghoul-ade with Fly-in-My-Ice, 118, 119
Gingerbread Jack-O’-Lanterns, 50–51
Glowing Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies, 53–54, 55

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Perfect Sugar Cookie Ghosts, 60–61
Pie, Worm, 146
Pizza, Candy Corn, 128, 129
pointers for success, 6–11
popcorn
Orange Popcorn Balls, 18, 19
Sticks and Stones Caramel Corn, 20–21
1
potatoes
Colcannon, 131
Ghostly Mashed Potatoes, 132, 133
Haunted Shepherd’s Pie, 134
pumpkin and pumpkin products
Boo-rific Pumpkin-Seed Brittle, 16–17
Chocolate-Chip Pumpkin Bars, 69
Orange Rice with Bacon (Pumpkin Risotto), 126
Puking Pumpkins, 140
Pumpkin Pie Spice, Make Your Own, 87
Pumpkin Seeds, Spicy and Sweet, 114
Pumpkin Soup with Cheese Croutons, 127
Pumpkin Spice Jack-O’-Lantern Cake, 84, 85–87
Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Fudge, 32
Pumpkin-White Chocolate Bread, 135
Spiderweb Pumpkin Cheesecake, 121–122, 123
Swirled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies, 68
Pumpkins in the Field, 40, 41

R
Rice Krispie Jack-O’-Lanterns, 35–36, 37
Rice with Bacon, Orange (Pumpkin Risotto), 126
Rocky Road-to-Perdition Fudge, 31
Royal Icing, 61

Sticks and Stones Caramel Corn, 20–21
Swamp Creature Toes, 22, 23
Swirled Chocolate-Pumpkin Brownies, 68

T
Tombstone Cupcakes, 91–92, 93

U
Unblinking Eye Halloween Meatloaf, 130

W
Whistling Past the Graveyard Cake, 78, 79–80
white chocolate, 8
Funny Bones, 24, 25
Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Fudge, 32
Pumpkin-White Chocolate Bread, 135
White-as-a-Sheet Ghost Lollipops, 28, 29–30
Worse-Than-Its-Bite Chocolate Bark, 26–27
Witches’ Knuckles, 108, 109
Witch’s Hat Sheet Cake, 81–83, 83
Worm Pie, 146
Wormy Cupcakes, 94–95
Wrapped Caramels, 44–45

S
Sandwich Graveyard, Party, 139
Screaming Red Punch with a Hand, 116, 117
Shepherd’s Pie, Haunted, 134
Spiderweb Pumpkin Cheesecake, 121–122, 123
Spiderweb Sugar Cookies, 56, 57–58
Spidery Cupcakes, 88, 89–90
Spooky Shortbread Tombstones, 64–65, 65

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