Looking for some spooktacular new Halloween ideas? Scare up even more fun this year with some sweet and chocolatey "tricks" in these creatively boo-dacious treats. When you shop, just buy a few extra bags of your favorite candies. Simply unwrap, chop and mix the candies into cookie and cupcake batter or ready-made pudding. Add that finishing touch of chocolate crunch or drizzle to your sandwich cookie filling, jack-o-lantern masterpiece or parfait. Then, watch as all these goodies disappear--Spooky!
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Scary Ghost Cookies
1 (11.4 oz) bag Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Fun Size
In food processor or blender, pulse 10 graham crackers and 1 bag Twix until fine. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Add peanut butter and confectioner's sugar to bowl and blend. Divide mixture into 16 pieces. Shape each piece into ghost. If too sticky, add extra confectioners' sugar as necessary. Place ghosts onto waxed paper and refrigerate 30 minutes. Heat frosting in microwave approximately 10 to 20 seconds, until thinned and looking slightly like whipped cream. Place ghosts on wire rack over sheet pan lined with waxed paper. Spoon heated frosting over ghosts until completely coated. If unused frosting begins firming up, simply reheat 5 to 10 seconds. Place 2 M&M'S on each ghost for eyes. Sprinkle ground chocolate cookies on serving plate like "dirt." Nestle ghosts in "dirt." Makes 16 treats.
Humongous Pumpkin Cupcakes
1 (14 oz) bag M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candies for Halloween
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 3 (12-cup) cupcake cups with paper liners. Beat cake mix with eggs, buttermilk and oil until blended. Roughly chop 2 cups (approximately 18) unwrapped Twix bars and fold into batter. Divide batter evenly between prepared cupcake pans. Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to wire rack and let cool completely. Tint vanilla frosting with orange food coloring. Arrange cupcakes snugly together into large pumpkin shape on 18-inch cake circle or platter. Follow this pattern--one row of 4 cupcakes, one row of 5, one row of 6, another of 5, another of 4. This leaves 2 cupcakes to be placed at pumpkin's top for stem (use photo as guide). Spread orange frosting over cupcakes, covering completely to look like one big cake. Use black M&M'S to outline pumpkin and to make eyes, mouth and nose. Fill in remaining areas of pumpkin with orange M&M'S. Makes 26 cupcakes.
Creepy Creature Cookies
1 (11.18 oz) bag Snickers Bars Fun Size
Preheat oven to 350 F. Knead cookie dough with cocoa powder and flour until smooth. (This will keep dough from spreading too much while baking.) Roll dough to 1/2-inch thickness. Using cutters or template, cut out creepy shapes, cutting at least 2 cookies per creature. Transfer to nonstick cookie sheet and bake 12 to 14 minutes. Once baked, remove and cool completely. Meanwhile, make creatures' filling. Unwrap and chop Snickers, and combine with marshmallow fluff or peanut butter. Spread filling over one of each pair of creature cookies. Place matching cookie on top. Frost tops of creatures with tinted vanilla frosting, and decorate randomly with M&M'S. Makes 10 cookies.
Wacky Web Cups
1 (11.4 oz) bag Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Fun Size or
Brightly tint pudding with orange food coloring. Set aside. Unwrap and chop Twix or Snickers bars. Beginning with Twix or Snickers, alternate layers of pudding and candy in plastic goblets. Unwrap 12 Dove chocolates and put in resealable plastic bag. Microwave about 1 minute, until soft. Snip small hole in 1 lower corner of bag. Then, squeeze chocolate onto top of each parfait in shape of spider web on top of pudding. To make spiders: Pipe short line of chocolate onto each goblet and use to attach 1 brown M&M peanut butter chocolate candy. Pipe "legs" onto M&Ms. Makes 6 cups.