Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween Parties

This photo is from Better Homes Holiday Cookbook, c1959. Looks good, eh? I do wonder why the spice jars need to be on the table, but perhaps in case folks want to add more to their Candied Nuts or Spiced Cider. There are lots of good looking treats here, and I'm curious about how to make the running Gingerbread Men, but a great recipe was hiding a few pages later.
Peanut Punkins
1/2 cup chunk-style peanut butter
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups sifted enriched flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Cream together peanut butter, shortening; gradually add sugar; mix thoroughly; beat in egg and milk. Sift together flour soda, and salt; add to creamed mixture. Shape in balls, using rounded teaspoon of dough for each. Flatten on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375F 10 - 12 minutes. Cool.
Add enough milk to 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar to make of spreading consistency. Tint orange with a little red and yellow food coloring; spread on flat sides of 2 cookies; sandwich together. Make faces with semisweet chocolate pieces. Stick peanut half in top for stem. Makes about 18.
This sounds pretty good. I may have to try it this weekend, though I don't like shortening!
I finished Piece de Resistance, the third book in the Sandra Byrd trilogy. I mentioned the first two a few weeks ago - the French baker story with recipes that has romance and Christian elements? Try it - Yum!
On another note - have any of you made a flaming dessert? Just curious. Drop me a line if you have:

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