You don't have to be an accomplished cook or talented decorator to have a fabulous Halloween party.
Actually, the uglier and tackier things are, the more accolades you'll receive. Here are some recipes for your ghoulish bash. For more ideas, go to Nestlefamily.com and Wilton.com.
3 cups (about 32 cookies) finely ground chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs, divided
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 can (12 ounces) Nestlé Carnation evaporated milk
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 3/4 cups Nestlé Toll House milk chocolate morsels
8 chocolate filled vanilla wafer cookies
Black and purple decorator writing gels
Assorted spooky Halloween candies
Nestlé Butterfinger and Nestlé Crunch candy bars, crumbled
Combine 11/2 cups cookie crumbs and butter in 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and upsides of pie plate. Set aside remaining 11/2 cups of crumbs for dirt topping.
Whisk together evaporated milk, egg yolks and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in morsels until completely melted and mixture is smooth.
Pour into crust. Sprinkle with remaining 11/2 cups cookie crumbs. Press crumbs down gently. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.
Decorate cookie tombstones as desired with writing gels. Sprinkle crumbled candy bar topping over the top of the pie. Insert tombstones around edge of pie. With spoon, mound cookie crumbs to form "fresh graves." Decorate graves with gummies and "skulls & bones" (Found in bags of Wonka Haunted Mix) to make the pie as spooky as you want. Makes 8 servings.
Vampire fang cookies
Favorite roll-out cookie dough recipe
Lips cookie cutter
Black and red icing color
White spice drops
White candy-coated gum pieces
Red sparkle gel
Prepare and roll out dough. Cut cookies using lips cutter. Bake and cool.
Tint royal icing black and red. Use cake decorating tip 8 and outline lips with red icing; fill in with tip 3 black icing; pat smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch. Roll out spice drops on surface sprinkled with granulated sugar; cut into triangles for fangs. Arrange gum "teeth" and spice drop fangs. Overpipe red lips with red sparkle gel. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
From Wilton Enterprises
Werewolf furry finger cookies
Finger cookie pan
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
Brown icing color
Black spice drops
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray finger cookie pan cavities with non-stick cooking spray. 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, salt and cocoa powder; add to butter mixture. Beat until well blended. Press dough into prepared pan cavities, filling 2⁄3 full.
Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan over; tap lightly to remove cookies. Cool completely on rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
In resealable plastic bag, place coconut with icing color; knead until color is evenly blended. Dry on parchment or waxed paper. Attach in small clumps on cooled cookies with melted candy. Roll out spice drops on surface sprinkled with granulated sugar; cut into fingernail shapes. Attach to cookies with melted candy.
From Wilton Enterprises