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Written by Jenny Harper, Family Features   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 23:09
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Spooky Graveyard Pie.

It's true - the kitchen is the heart of the home. Ever notice how people always gather there? Whether baking treats, making dinner or spending time with family and friends, the kitchen is my favorite place to be. Since my day job is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens, you can bet I love to stir things up. This column lets me pass along to you some of my best recipes, tips and baking secrets.

Make no bones about it, it's time to conjure up some creepy cuisine for a ghoulishly good Halloween party for the kids.

In addition to making the tasty recipes below, here are some other fun ways to turn ordinary munchies into something monstrously yummy.

• Make a bone-chilling witches brew by serving your favorite punch in a black cauldron.Use Halloween-themed ice cube trays to make ice shaped like bones or skulls.

• Turn a basic cream cheese fruit dip into a devilish slime dip by mixing in some neon green food coloring.

• Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut soft sandwiches and cheese slices into spooky shapes like ghosts, bats and pumpkins. You can use them to make home made tortilla chips, too.

To scare up some more Halloween recipes and ideas, visit www.VeryBestBaking.com.

Spooky Graveyard Pie

Makes 8 servings

• 3 cups (about 32) finely ground chocolate sandwich cookies, divided

• 3 table spoon smelted butter

• 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk

• 1 3/4 cups (11.5-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels

• 2 large egg yolks

• 2 tablespoons cornstarch

• 8 chocolate filled vanilla wafer cookies

• Black and purple decorator writing gels

• Assorted Nestlé Halloween Candies

COMBINE 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs and butter in 9-inch pie plate. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and upsides of pie plate. Set aside remaining 1 1/2 cups crumbs for dirt topping.

WHISK together evaporated milk, egg yolks and cornstarch in medium saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is very hot and thickens slightly; do not boil. Remove from heat; stir in morsels until completely melted and mixture is smooth.

POUR into crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs. Press crumbs down gently. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set.

DECORATE cookie tomb stones with writing gels as desired; let set. Insert tombstones around edge of pie.With spoon,mound cookie crumbs to form' fresh graves' Decorate graveyard with candy to make the pie as spooky as you want it to be!

Spiderweb Munch

Makes 12 servings

• 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

• 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided

• 1/3 cup powdered sugar

• 3 cups toasted rice cereal

HEAT morsels and 3/4 cup peanut butter in small, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth; remove from heat. Add sugar; stir vigorously until smooth.

PLACE cereal in large bowl. Add 1 cupmelted chocolate mixture; stir until evenly coated.

Place on ungreased baking sheet. Using small metal spatula, shape into 10-inch circle with slightly raised 1-inch-wide border. Pour remaining chocolate mixture in center of circle; spread to border.

FOR SPIDERWEB:

PLACE remaining peanut butter in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe concentric circles on top of chocolate. Using wooden pick or tip of sharp knife, pull tip through peanut butter from center to border. Refrigerate for 30minutes or until firm. Cut into wedges.

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 October 2010 16:38