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Green Witch's Fingers Cookies
The point of these severed witch's fingers? That Halloween desserts can be cruelly creative! Jamieanne from the Sweetest Kitchen blog made these delicious digits (adapted from an Annie's Eats recipe) with green-tinted sugar cookie dough and blanched almonds rimmed with red icing gel for a bloody good treat.
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Eyeball Panna Cotta
They say it’s not polite to stare but you'll be transfixed by these bulging eyeballs made with panna cotta (a creamy Italian dessert), kiwi and raisins. The gory gazers from the Instructables blog sit in a raspberry coulis blood bath and are sure to spook all your party guests, which is the whole point, right?
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Voodoo Doll Cookies
Got gingerbread man cookie cutters you only use in December? Get them out a few months earlier to make these sinister sweets decorated with broken hearts, bandages, stitches and other fright-night finery. Says Lorraine of the Not Quite Nigella blog, “The more crooked the writing, the more homespun slash voodoo doll looking they are!”
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Graveyard Ghosts on a Stick
Perfect to make with kids, these ghastly ghosts are fresh pears draped, sheet-like, with melted vanilla candy. Cathy of the Noble Pig blog says you could use white chocolate instead but she prefers Candiquick because it's especially easy for little ones to pour over the fruit. While it's not exactly a nutritious snack, it is a speedy one. "From start to finish [the pears] take only about ten minutes to put together," she says.
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Those slimy dirt crawlers in your backyard make excellent gross-out Halloween goodies when composed of gelatin and whipping cream. A package of flex straws is key too: Amy from the Workman Family blog poured the gelatin-cream mixture into a bundle of straws and, after chilling, out came wiggly wonders you can actually eat!
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What would Halloween be without a zombie-themed dessert? Brooke of the Paper and Parcel blog created zombie boogers with fluffy popcorn coated in caramel and colored green. For an extra shiver up your spine, she packaged the treats in "Zombie Boogers" bags with a "Poison" label with these words of warning: "Guaranteed to ensnare the senses and paralyze the mind." More, please!
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Slimy Worm Pond
Was Jell-O invented for Halloween mischief or what? Young party guests will shriek with delight when you offer them eerily glowing ponds (actually, gelatin in jars) crawling with fluorescent gummy worms. The directions couldn't be simpler and it's no wonder: The recipe is from Parenting.
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Chocolate Rat Cupcakes
There's something about rats that make normally calm people go a little (make that a lot) nuts. Xiaolu of 6bittersweets created these repulsive rodent chocolate cupcakes filled with red berry jam, which stands in for blood. The rats themselves? Chocolate-covered strawberries with black licorice tails and "furry" bodies rolled in chocolate cookie crumbs. Catch us while we faint!
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Broken Glass Cupcakes
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Spider Infested Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you've never scared anyone with a chocolate chip cookie full of spiders, try this recipe. Beth of the Hungry Happenings blog baked a batch of cookies with hand-drawn arachnids then offered one to her unsuspecting husband. "He lifted the tin foil off the plate of cookies," she remembers, gleefully. "He jumped a little. Of course, he tried to be cool about it…" Gotcha!
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