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Dracula's Dentures

Dracula’s Dentures – a Halloween Treat!

Usually Halloween treats come in 1 of 2 forms: looks good or tastes good.  I guess that’s why I typically don’t make any Halloween treats, as taste comes first here at C4B.

Well, came across this project (don’t think I’d call it a recipe), which uses chocolate chip cookies, red-tinted frosting, and slivered almonds.  Typically anything that involves pre-made/box items, such as a cake mix, refrigerated cookie dough, etc, I avoid, as the results come out bland, and not up to the standards people expect from the food I make.

Quickly substituting our own chocolate chip cookies for the refrigerated cookie dough, and a small batch of easy-to-make frosting transformed this from a cute-but-bland idea into a tasty treat.

Kids love the looks of them, and everyone loves the taste of them!

Dracula’s Dentures

Baked chocolate chip cookies (my preferred recipe can be found here)
mini-marshmallows
slivered almonds

Frosting:
6 tbsp butter, softened
8oz powdered sugar
2-3 tbsp milk, if needed
Cream butter until smooth.  Add about 1/2 of the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.  Add remaining powdered sugar and beat again until smooth.  If frosting is too thick, add milk as needed, 1 tbsp at a time.  Add red food coloring until desired color.

Assembly:

  • Cut baked cookies in half.
  • Spread frosting on the flat side of each cookie half.
  • Place mini-marshmallows around the round half of the cookie, and 2-3 more in the back for support
  • Using a toothpick, place a small amount of frosting on the back of each almond sliver, and stick to the front of the “mouth” where the vampire teeth should be

Source: http://nestleusa.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/draculas-dentures-a-halloween-recipe/

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Chocolate Pixies

Chocolate Pixies

While doing some research for my Chocolate Pixie post, I realized that there are about 20 different ways to cook chocolate pixies.  Especially interesting to me was the Land O’ Lakes recipe which mirrored my long-held family recipe with a few exceptions.  My recipe calls for oil, the Land O’ Lakes version calls for butter.  Hummm…butter…

I figured the only way to find out which one was better would be to make both and do a blind taste test.

I made a batch of each and gave them to a few testers.  Each recipe was in a different bag, only labeled with ‘A’ or ‘B’ on the bag.

The day after giving out the samples, I called my testers and asked for the results.  [continued after the jump...]

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Chocolate Pixies

Chocolate Pixies

All throughout my childhood, the Christmas treat I can remember my Mom making every year was chocolate pixies.  Full of chocolate flavor, almost brownie-like in the middle, and covered in powdered sugar.

When I started out on my own and cooking in my own kitchen, I always stayed away from making chocolate pixies.  They were Mom’s Big Claim to Christmas baking, handed down to her from her Aunt, now a family heirloom.

Then the day came I saw them in a bakery and realized that chocolate pixies weren’t a family secret.  Another childhood memory dashed upon the rocks of reality…. [continued after the jump...]

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Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

How can you go wrong when combining the words CHOCOLATE, BROWNIE, and COOKIE?

My usual baking supplies took a big hit last weekend when my girlfriend and I did the now-annual “Cookie-palooza” (I’ll post about that another time).  About 400 cookies/holiday treats later, my cupboard was pretty empty.

I was looking for something I could make with the limited supplies in the house, was pretty easy (I was also packing to go on a weekend getaway), and as always, tasty! [continued after the jump...]

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