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Halloween Treats for Little Goblins

Embrace autumn with some seasonal fun in the kitchen!

Happy Halloween from Mississippi Market!

Pocket Pies
Nothing easier!
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Peel and slice up half an apple per pocket pie; sprinkle with brown sugar, a bit of fresh lemon juice, and a bit of powdered ginger, cinnamon, and/or nutmeg. Lightly mix and allow to stand while the oven is heating.
3. Cut 4–5-inch rounds of thawed, premade pie dough, then arrange the apple mixture in center of each round. Crimp the edges toward the center, but don’t draw them up entirely—you should be able to see the apple slices in the center. Sprinkle with a bit more sugar.
4. Bake pocket pies on a cookie sheet until the crust has become nicely browned.

 

 

Halloween Man-in-the-Moon Cookies 
Favorite molasses cookies adorned with a bit of Halloween icing. Children love to roll the dough into balls for baking.

Makes about 36 cookies.
Preheat oven to 350°F.

Ingredients:
¾ c. Spectrum vegetable shortening
1 c. sugar
1 egg
¼ c. molasses (blackstrap works best)
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 Tbs. powdered ginger
1 tsp. powdered cinnamon or cassia
3 Tbs. sugar for rolling cookies in

Icing:
¼ c. powdered sugar
milk
orange food coloring

1. Whisk together shortening and sugar. Add egg, then continue whisking until fluffy; add molasses, and whisk in.
2. Gently spoon flour into 1-cup measure (don’t use scooping method; dough will be too stiff), and add flour to separate bowl, along with soda, salt, and spices. Stir thoroughly to distribute ingredients evenly.
3. Add flour mixture gradually to wet ingredients; mix in thoroughly.
4. Grease hands and roll balls of dough between them. Each ball should be about 1 inch in diameter.
5. Put the extra sugar on a plate and roll balls in it. Place balls about 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake until cookies spread and develop beautifully cracked tops (10–12 minutes; sometimes longer on aluminum cookie sheets). (This recipe will make about 3 batches on half-sheet pans.)
6. Remove from oven and cool on racks.
7. Sift powdered sugar into small mixing bowl; add milk 1 tsp. at a time until you have a thick, white paste. Add a few drops of orange food coloring.
8. When cookies have cooled, use parchment-paper cones or pastry bags, #6 tip, and icing to create eyes, eyebrows, and smile of the Man in the Moon.

Día de los Muertos Bone Cakes
These hard little cookies are actually ginger cakes; decorated in white frosting, they’re bones to sweetly remind you of the Day of the Dead. Kids love to frost them and give them to friends.
Make about 30 bone cookies.
Preheat oven to 325°F.

Ingredients:
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 Tbs. powdered ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ lb. butter (room temperature)

Icing:
½ c. powdered sugar
milk

1. Mix together flour, sugar, ginger, soda, and salt. Add butter; mix until well blended with the dry ingredients.
2. Put dough in fridge for about 15 minutes, covered; roll out on a sheet of waxed paper until it’s about ½ inch thick.
3. Use small dog-bone cooke cutters to cut out shapes; place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake until browned. Allow to cool on pan.
4. When cooled, frost with powdered-sugar icing.

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