Halloween Fare

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Haunted with the thought of a ho-hum Halloween? Never fear—trick-or-treaters will want more than just candy once they see your party table. Throw a fabulous Halloween party fit for little goblins or grown-up monsters with some devilishly good sweets. Try these easy party ideas from Wilton to make your Halloween spook-tacular.

Masquerade Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp. Imitation Almond Extract
Royal icing
Orange, Black, Green, Lemon Yellow, Brown and Violet Icing Colors, as desired
Orange, Yellow, Orange, Lavender and Black Colored Sugars, as desired
Halloween Jimmies, Nonpareils and Icing Decorations, as desired
Candy Melts® candy
Cookie sticks

Preheat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. In second large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour mixture to butter mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls.
On floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches in diameter by 1/8 in. thick. Dip eye and glasses cookie cutters in flour before each use. Arrange cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8-11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely on cooling grid. Decorate as desired using tinted royal icing, colored sugars and Halloween icing decorations. Use melted candy to attach sticks to backs of cookies; chill until set.

Pumpkin Pound Cake
Yield: 16 servings
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups canned 100 percent pumpkin (not pie filling)

Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare Dimensions Large Pumpkin Pan lightly with vegetable pan spray with flour. Place on baking sheet.

In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition; beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with pumpkin; mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake 70-80 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in pan. Turn onto cooling rack. Cool completely before serving.

Witch’s Brew Mocktail
Yield: 6 servings
3 cups ginger ale, chilled
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice, chilled
1/3 cup sweetened lime juice, chilled
Green gel food color or green icing color (optional)
Black Colored Sugar
Gummy Eyeball Skewers

In large pitcher, combine ginger ale, pineapple juice, sweetened lime juice and, if using, gel food color. To prepare glasses, dip rims of martini glasses in water, then in black sugar. Fill with drink mixture; add eyeball skewers.

Candy Corn Drinks
Yield: 8 servings
1 cup (half of 12-oz. pkg.) Bright White Candy Melts Candy®, melted according to package directions
1 cup (half of 12-oz. pkg.) Orange Candy Melts Candy®, melted according to package directions
1 package (12 oz.) Yellow Candy Melts Candy®, melted according to package directions
Orange flavored fruit drink, orange, peach or mango juice or other favorite drink

Fill disposable decorating bag with melted bright white candy. Divide evenly among cavities of 8-cavity silicone shot glass mold, taking care to not get any candy on sides of mold. Repeat process with orange and yellow candy. Refrigerate until candy is set, about 30 minutes. Carefully remove candy glasses from mold and set aside. Fill with orange drink.popcorn

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
Yield: 6 cups
6 cups popped kettle corn
2 cups mini pretzel twists
1 pkg. (10 oz.) Pumpkin Spice Candy Melts® candy
1 bottle (2.5 oz.) Pumpkin Mix Sprinkles

Spread popcorn and pretzels on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. In disposable decorating bag, melt candy in microwave at 50 percent power for 1 minute; remove bag and knead. Continue melting candy for 30-second intervals at 50 percent power until completely melted. Snip off end of bag and drizzle melted candy over popcorn mixture; immediately add sprinkles. Let stand until candy has hardened, about 20 minutes. Break into pieces to serve.

Caramel Apple Popcorn
Yield: 6 cups
6 cups popped popcorn, buttered and salted
3/4cup roasted salted peanuts
1 pkg. (10 oz.) Caramel Apple Candy Melts® candy
1 bottle (2.5 oz.) Spider Mix Sprinkles

Spread popcorn and peanuts on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. In disposable decorating bag, melt candy in microwave at 50 percent power for 1 minute; remove bag and knead. Continue melting candy for 30-second intervals at 50 percent power until completely melted. Snip off end of bag and drizzle melted candy over popcorn. Immediately top with sprinkles. Let stand until candy has hardened, about 20 minutes. Break into pieces to serve.

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