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Halloween Candy Cookies

I always over estimate the amount of candy that I will pass out to trick or treaters on Halloween.  Consequently, I’m always left with packs of candy that I don’t want to eat. 

One way I use up the chocolate is in this cookie recipe.  I bake the cookies and then freeze them for later.  The cookies will keep for several months if they are wrapped properly before being frozen.

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Any kind of chocolate candy can be used in this cookie batter.

1 cup white sugar

1 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs, beaten

Mix the above ingredients together.

2 cups flour

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Helpful Hints

 

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Helpful Hints
  1. Soften hardened butter by putting a small warmed bowl over the butter plate.
  2. Freeze cranberries and lemon peel in ice cube trays to add to drinks at your parties.
  3. Frozen grapes can also be added to party drinks.  They’re great eaten frozen by themselves as well.
  4. Replace sour cream in dips with cottage cheese that has been zipped in a blender.
  5. Add vanilla or almond extract to water to flavor coffee as it brews.
  6. After you cut cheese butter the edge to keep it from drying out.
  7. Chill the bowl, beaters and cream before whipping.
  8. When boiling eggs add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water.  This prevents cracks in the shell.
  9. Wet your knife before slicing eggs to prevent the yolk from crumbling.
  10. Put a dry sponge in the vegetable crisper to absorb excess moisture.

Cinnamon Ornaments

 

1 cup cinnamon

2 tbsp ginger

1 tbsp cloves

1 tbsp nutmeg

3/4 cup applesauce

2 tbsp white school glue

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Ornament Clay

2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

3/4 cup water

Mix together and knead until you have a smooth consistency.  Roll out onto waxed paper and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.  Move to a baking tray.  Use a straw to poke a hole in the dough for a hanger.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour and allow to cool.

Paint or spray paint ornaments and string with ribbon.  In this example some of the ornaments have been sprayed with chalk board paint so that names can be written on them with chalk.

When finished ornaments may be sprayed with a sealer.

Chili Cereal Brittle

Chili Cereal Brittle is a sweet treat made with the zest of chili powder.  It’s great for a snack when you are tired of normal sweets.   Puffed cereal can be substituted with toasted O cereals.

INGREDIENTS

3 cups sugarChili Cereal Brittle

2 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tbsp chili powder

2 cups puffed rice cereal

2 tbsp butter

DIRECTIONS

Combine sugar, maple syrup, chili powder and salt in a heavy skillet.  Heat over high heat until the sugar is lumpy.

Lower heat and continue cooking, stirring until sugar is completely melted (it will be a rich brown colour).

Stir in cereal and butter.  Pour immediately into a greased jelly roll pan.  When cool break in small pieces and serve.

Banana Honey Cookie Bars

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1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup apple sauce

1 egg

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup coconut

1 ts[ vanilla

2/3 cup black beans (optional)

2/3 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Spread in a greased glass pan.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the mixture.  Cool and cut into Cookie Bars

 

Mosaic Picture

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You will need the glass from 2 discount store picture frames.  Chose any size desired.
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Place one of the glass pane over card stock or paper.  I have used red in this example to better define the size of the glass.
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If you are proficient cutting glass than cut glass pieces in shapes  and place on the glass in the desired location.  If you do not cut glass small square pieces of glass can be purchased at craft and discount stores.  You can also purchase  pre-cut glass pieces from stained glass outlets.  Unless you have experience cutting glass I do not recommend that you start without appropriate instruction.  This example shows a cut glass picture.
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Once you have laid out your entire image get some glass glue from the discount store and glue each small piece of glass to the glass backing.  The glass glue will dry clear.
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Mix tile grout in your desired color according to manufacturer’s instructions.
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Apply liberally to the picture covering all crevices.  Grout is corrosive so please be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safety.
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With a damp sponge remove the extra grout.  Let the grout dry and then remove the remaining film off of the glass with a damp sponge.
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Glue second pane of glass in place and let dry.  There are several ways to finish the edges.  The easiest way is to purchase decorative duct tape and tape the edges in place.  This example shows a decorative green tape that was purchased at a discount store.
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Finished pane resting on the table.  The clear colored glass will glow when exposed  to light.
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The center image held up to the light.

 

Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomato Biscuits

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2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup milk

4 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp of oil from your sun dried tomatoes

20 sun dried tomatoes  in oil (Cut up)

3/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese

Crumbled goat cheese to cover biscuits.

Mix flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl.  In a separate bowl add milk, tomato oil, sun dried tomatoes and crumbled goat cheese.  Mix  wet and dry ingredients.  The batter will be stiff.  Roll in balls and place on cookie sheet.  Slightly flatten and sprinkled with goat cheese.  Bake in oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 to 20 minutes.