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The Cottage October/Samhain Issue
Ghoulish Treats


Frightening Foods for Fun

There is nothing like a ghastly meal to send our trick or treaters back home with tales of the unbelievable. You can spice up a Halloween party with some of these recipes that are sure to strike up conversation. There is such a variety of grossed out meals that make children laugh and parents upchuck. You really need a sense of humor to enjoy these treats, none the less they are all delicious and they are all made for fun, so come along and join us in the Funky foods of Halloween.



Kitty Litter Cake


1 spice or German chocolate cake mix
1 white cake mix
1 large pkg vanilla instant pudding mix
1 pkg vanilla sandwich cookies
Green food coloring
12 small Tootsie Rolls
1 new (and definitely unused) kitty litter pan
1 new plastic kitty litter pan liner
1 new Pooper Scooper

Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans). Prepare pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in food processor, scraping often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4 cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using 5. When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. (Mix in just enough of the pudding to moisten it. You don't want it soggy. Combine gently).

Line new, clean kitty litter box. Put mixture into litter box. Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top.

Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top. (This is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter.) Heat 3 Tootsie Rolls in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake; sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Spread remaining Tootsie Rolls over the top; take one and heat until pliable, hang it over the side of the kitty litter box, sprinkling it lightly with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around.


Boogers on a stick

8 ounce Jar cheez whiz
3 or 4 drops Green food coloring
3 dozen pretzel sticks

Melt cheeze whiz in the microwave according to jar directions. Allow the cheese to cool slightly in the jar. Carefully stir in food coloring using just enough to turn the cheese a pale snot green. To form boogers: Dip and twist the tip of each prtezel stick into the cheese, lift out, wait twenty seconds, then dip again. When cheese lumps reach a boogerish size, set pretzels boogerd on wax paper to cool.


Gnarled Witch Fingers


1 C butter, softened
1 C sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 3/4 C flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup whole blanched almonds
red food coloring
1 tube red decorator gel

Makes About 5 Dozen Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine dry ingredients. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.In a large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla, beat in dry ingredients. Cover and refrigerate dough for 30 minutes.


Working with one-quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remaining dough refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoons full of dough into finger shape for each cookie. Press an almond firmly into one end for nail. Squeeze in center to create a knuckle shape and use a paring knife make slashes in several places to form knuckle. If you want to paint the nails, use some red food coloring that's been diluted with water and brush on with a clean artist's brush.


Place cookies on the prepared cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until pale golden. Let cool for three minutes. If desired, lift up almond and squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back in place so gel oozes out from underneath. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Note: Make cookies smaller than you think they need to be, as they spread when cooking. Our witch has fat fingers because we didn't heed our own advice.


Spider Dip


Here's a great appetizer plate for Halloween. Bean dip is topped with guacamole and sour cream forms a spooky spider web design. Serve with tortilla chips.You can easily make this a low fat snack by using our Low Fat Guacamole recipe, low fat sour cream and baked tortilla chips.

Double batch of Mexican-style bean dip
Dingle batch guacamole
Single batch low fat guacamole
1/4 C sour cream or low fat sour creamtortilla chips or baked tortilla chips

Spread a layer of bean dip over a large round plate. Carefully spread a layer of guacamole over this. Put sour cream in a pastry bag fitted with a small round tip and pipe concentric circles on the guacamole. Take a toothpick or wooden skewer and drag it through the sour cream from the center outward to make spider web design.Note: If you don't have a pastry bag, put sour cream in a small plastic Ziplock bag, cut off a small piece of the corner and pipe sour cream this way.

Tip: Make Halloween shaped tortilla chips by using cookies cutters to cut shapes out of tortillas, then deep fry them until crisp. You can also make low fat tortilla chips by baking your cutouts in A 350 F oven. In either case, sprinkle with salt. Chips made of blue corn tortillas look especially spooky.
Serves 8




1 bag any color chocolate melts
Sucker molds of your choice
1 bag of sucker sticks
Disposable pastry bags
1 bag of sucker wrappers w/ ties


To melt the chocolate (Wilton's Candy Melts work great), follow the directions on the back of the bag. The easiest way is to use a disposable pastry bag. Fill it with the melts, tie off the open end and zap it in the microwave. Squeeze the bag every few minutes as it melts to mix it.


Cut off the tip of the bag and fill each sucker shape to the top. We used orange melts and jack-o-lantern molds. You can also melt some yellow and brown melts and fill in the jack-o-lantern face before you fill with orange. Just let the faces harden first, then fill.


When they are full, insert the sticks, you may have to work them into the chocolate a little and top it off to seal them in. They may look a little bumpy but they will level out as the chocolate settles. Place in your refrigerator to set.You can also look for different molds that have witches, skulls, etc. and fill them accordingly.


To remove after they are set, just lift by the stick, they should easily pop right out. If they don't come out, just bend the mold slightly, like getting ice from a tray. You can use candy paints or glazes at this time to add some color. Or use decorating gel or frosting to add faces!
For a Halloween party, serve on on a large serving tray or decorative plates. For treats, wrap individually in those little cellophane bags for suckers. You can find orange ones during the Halloween season.A very tasty little treat! I guarantee that they disappear faster then a ghost in a grave yard!


Pus Pockets

4 sm Pitas
8 oz Mozzarella cheese -- shredded
Spaghetti Sauce

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Slit open each pita along 1/4 of its edge to make a pocket, and spoon 1/2 cup shredded cheese, and spaghetti sauce to taste,into each one.
Place the stuffed pitas on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until the pitas turn golden brown.
Remove from the oven.
With a knife, poke a hole in the top of each pita. Carefully squeeze pitas, they'll be hot, until a little melted cheese oozes out of the hole.
Dab a little more spaghetti sauce around the hole and arrange on a platter.
Now you can not only pick your pimples, but you can eat them too!



Pumpkin Head Pizza

1 pre-made soft pizza crust
1 bag of pre-cut pepperoni
1 8 oz. bag mozzarella & cheddar cheese mix
1 container pizza sauce
1 Green pepper
Any other veggies you'd like.
Jack-O-Lantern cookie sheet

Following the instructions on the pizza crust tube for pre-baking the crust after you shape it to the Jack-O-Lantern pan. After the crust is done, cover it with the pizza sauce of your choice, add pepperoni and any veggies you want.
Cover liberally with the cheddar/mozzarella cheese mix, making sure to cover anything underneath it. Cut green peppers in to thin slivers, save a larger piece to make the stem. Lay pieces out to make the indentations of the pumpkin. Cut pieces of pepperoni to make the eyes, nose and mouth of the Jack-O-Lantern. You could also use a yellow pepper to do this for variation on a meatless pizza. Here's what mine looks like before baking.
Bake according to the instructions on the pizza crust wrapper, usually about 20 minutes, but you'll know when it's done. The cheese will be all bubbly and the crust will be golden! It looks so yummy, you won't be able to wait to taste itand, maybe, share with all my spooky friends!


Day Old Bath Water

12 ounce Can frozen lemonade
2 liters 7-Up
1/2 gallon Rainbow sherbert

Thaw sherbert for approximately 15 minutes and place in a plastic tub. Add lemonade (prepared according to directions) and 7-up. Sherbert will melt and turn mixture day old bathwater grayish-brown. Float a handful of green, yellow and white tiny after dinner mints (tiny bars of soap) on top of the scummy punch.


Witches Hats


You will need Keebler fudge striped cookies, Hershey Kisses and a tube of orange decorator icing. Turn cookies upside down so that the chocolate side is up. Use the orange decorator icing to pipe around the hole in the center of each cooke. Place an unwrapped Kiss on the icing circle. Finish by piping around the base of the kiss and drawing a little bow. (Thanks to Kathy Brown for this suggestion.)