Edible Halloween decorations

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 21, 2009

By Katie Scarvey
Halloween is a great time to experiment and have fun in the kitchen, especially if you’re having a party where you can show off your creativity.
There are a lot of cute things you can do beyond sugar cookies cut into pumpkin shapes and topped with orange frosting.
Actually, you don’t have to tax yourself creatively when it comes to recipes because there are so many great sources now for Halloween novelties. Women’s magazines this time of year feature plenty of ghoulish goodies to grace your party table.
A great online source for Halloween food is FamilyFun.com, which offers a lot of recipes and includes pictures of the finished product ó which is important when you’re trying to create skulls and hands and whatnot.
All of the following recipes came from FamilyFun.com, and this is the kind of cooking most kids will love.

Carrot-Finger Food
This is a clever way to serve vegetable dip. Make sure to have plenty of baby carrots on hand; you probably don’t want guests to eat the actual “fingers.”
vegetable dip
4 long carrots
1 medium carrot
softened cream cheese
sliced almonds
baby carrots
Fill a serving bowl with your favorite dip. Wash and peel four long carrots for fingers and one medium carrot for a thumb.
With a paring knife, cut a flat, shallow notch in the top of each carrot. Then, use a dab of dip or softened cream cheese to glue a sliced-almond fingernail atop each notch.
Stick the fingers in the dip, as shown, and serve with plenty of peeled baby carrots for dipping.

Pizza Mummies
If you’re looking for a hearty snack for your Halloween spread, try these Pizza Mummies.
English muffins
pizza sauce
black olives
red or green pepper
cheese sticks or slices
Heat the oven to 350 degrees. For each mummy, spread about a tablespoon of pizza sauce onto half an English muffin ó toast it first, if you like.
Set olive slices in place for eyes and add round slices of green onion or bits of red or green pepper for pupils.
Lay strips of cheese ó pulled-apart cheese sticks work welló across the muffin for the mummy’s wrappings.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the muffin is toasty.

Sweet Skulls
If you’re looking for a fun, cupcake-based dessert, Sweet Skulls fit the bill.
12 marshmallows
Confectioners’ sugar
24 unfrosted cupcakes, white or yellow work best
White frosting
Junior Mints, chocolate chips and slivered almonds for facial features
Cut the marshmallows in half widthwise.
Carefully pull each cupcake liner partially away from the cake and tuck half a marshmallow between the paper and the cupcake to create the skull’s jaw.
Frost each cupcake and marshmallow, then add Junior Mints with white frosting dots for eyes, a chocolate chip nose and slivered almond teeth.

Mini Witch’s Brooms
Who doesn’t like a little sweet/salty combination once in a while?
Roll of Fruit by the Foot
Thin pretzels
For each one, cut a two-inch length from a roll of Fruit by the Foot.
With the shorter ends on the side, fringe the bottom of the strip (leaving a 1/4 inch border uncut along the top) to create thin broom bristles.
Then moisten the upper edge of the fruit with a drop of water and tightly wrap it around one end of a thin pretzel-stick broom handle.