Posted by: Bethany Davis | November 2, 2009

Forked eyeballs? spiders?

During my childhood, my parents waffled on how to handle Halloween. Some years we wore Halloween costumes and went door-to-door tricker treating. Some years we wore Biblical costumes and went to the church’s fall festival. Some years we gave tracks to the Halloween participators. And other years, we closed the doors leading to the kitchen, turned off all the nights, and lit candles in the kitchens. spidersAnd handled snakes (okay, so I’m kidding about that part!).

But seriously, my parents, being fairly new Christians not growing up in explicitly Christian homes, did the best they could to figure out how to teach us what was right and wrong. Like anything, it was a process.

So lets say that for the years I didn’t celebrate Halloween, I’m making up for lost time. I found some goolish recipes on the web and enjoying sharing them with friends. Betty Crocker taught me how to make cookies that look like spiders. With twizzlers for legs and mm’s for eyeballs, they turned out more cute and less creepy. Also, I planned to make carrots come out of the veggie dip to look like fingers, but ran out of time. Next year, perhaps.

My personal favorite is the forked eyeballs. Here’s a quick recipe to which I added some of my own twists:

DSCN3278Ingredients:

  • 1 bags white chocolate chips
  • tablespoon of Crisco
  • 12 doughnut holes
  • 24 Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Tube of red decorator frosting

Instructions:
  1. Put white chocolate chips and Crisco into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 minute, or until soft. Mix until smooth.
  2. With a fork, spear each doughnut hole and submerge it in the melted chocolate to coat it, then gently tap off any excess.
  3. Stick a semisweet chocolate chip into each end of the doughnut hole. Place the forks (handle side down) in a mug and allow the chocolate coating to harden.
  4. Use red frosting to add squiggly veins radiating out from the pupils.

The mug of eyeballs also makes a great, spooky centerpiece, fyi!

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