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Black Cat Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 c Reduced Fat Oreo® cookie crumbs
  • 18 1/4 ozs reduced fat chocolate cake mix
  • 24 pcs Halloween Oreo® cookies
  • 16 ozs reduced fat milk chocolate frosting
  • black string licorice
  • jelly beans
  • semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1.   Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 24-2 1/2″ muffin cups with cooking spray and flour; set aside.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions; stir in cookie crumbs. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes.
  3. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack. Make cat faces on each of the  remaining 24 cookies: using some frosting, attach 4-1 1/2″ licorice strings  for whiskers, 2 jelly bean halves for eyes and 2 chocolate chips for ears.
    Let set at least 30 minutes. Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting. Stand cat faces on edge on each cupcake.
  4. Place 3″ piece licorice string on back half of each cupcake for tail.

Pumpkin Mousse Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 oz Canned pumpkin

  • 1/2 c  Sour cream
  • 1/2 c  Cream cheese
  • 1 c  Sugar
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 2 ts Pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 ts Ground ginger
  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 c  Whipping cream
  • 2 Egg whites
  • Crystallized ginger — finely chopped

Directions

  1. In a large stainless-steel bowl over a hot-water bath, combine pumpkin, sour cream, cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and ginger.
  2. Heat water to boiling, beating mixture with hand-held mixer until ingredients are fluffy.   Add egg yolks and beat for 3 minutes. Remove mixture from heat and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, whip cream with 2 tablespoons sugar, the whipping cream (reserving 1/3 for garnish) into chilled pumpkin mixture, then carefully fold in egg whites.  Chill for 4-6 hours.  Top with remaining whipped cream and finely chopped crystallized ginger.

Serves 4 to 6

Chocolate Spiders

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Twizzlers; chocolate flavor
  • 4 oz Milk chocolate candy melts

Directions

  1. Cut twizzlers into 1 1/2″ pieces. 
  2. Slice each piece in half lengthwise.
  3. On waxed paper place 4 legs (pieces) on each side and then drop 1 tsp melted candy in middle for body.  Use a toothpick to smooth to uniform circle and connect all candy pieces. 
  4. Cool completely before removing from waxed paper.

Oreo Cheesecake Recipe (Cheesecake Factory)

Ingredients

  • 1 12 cups Oreo cookie crumbs (about 18 to 23 cookies finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 12 lbs cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 14 cup all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 5 Oreo cookies (coarsely chopped for the batter)
  • 7 –9 coarsely chopped Oreo cookies, for the top of cheese cake

Oreo Cheesecake Recipe (Cheesecake Factory)

Directions

  1. Mix melted butter with Oreo crumbs and press in the bottom of a greased 9 inch springform pan. Cover bottom and 1/2-1 inch up the sides with crumbs. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. All ingredients need to be at room temperature before beginning.
  3. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  4. Keep mixer on a low setting during the mixing and beating process.
  5. Add sugar gradually and continue beating cream cheese until mixed through.
  6. Add eggs one at a time and continue to beat until blended.
  7. Stir vanilla, salt and flour into cream cheese and egg mixture.
  8. Add the sour cream.
  9. Turn off the mixer and gently stir in the 5 coarsely chopped Oreo cookies with a spoon.
  10. Pour mixture into springform pan; top with the 7-9 remaining coarsely chopped cookies.
  11. Place pan on top rack and in the middle of a preheated oven at 325 degrees and bake for 60- 75 minutes or until it jiggles slightly in the middle when the pan is gently shaken.
  12. Turn off the oven, prop the door open several inches and let the cheese cake stay in the oven for one hour.
  13. Cool on wire rack.
  14. When cool, refrigerate for 24 hours

Kraft has an even easier recipe on their website.

Chocolate Coca-Cola Birthday Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 devil’s food cake mix (18.5-ounce) (see note)
  • 1 bottle Coca-Cola (16-ounce)
  • 2 Tablespoons grated orange peel
  • ½ Cup semisweet chocolate chips (about half of a 6-ounce package)
  • 12 large fresh, ripe strawberries, preferably unhulled
  • ½ Cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 package confectioners’ sugar (16-ounce)
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered chocolate drink mix such as Nestle’s Quik
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F; grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Cake: Prepare cake mix according to package directions, using 1 1/3 cups Coca-Cola in place of water and stirring 1 tablespoon grated orange peel in batter. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 30 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Invert cake onto wire rack cool completely. Cake may be made and stored, tightly wrapped, up to two days before decorating. Frosting: Stir chocolate chips in small heavy saucepan over very low heat until melted and smooth; remove from heat. Dip strawberries into chocolate to coat halfway, placing each berry as it is dipped on cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate berries until ready to use. Cut cooled cake horizontally into 2 equal layers with sharp serrated knife; place bottom layer on large cookie sheet. Beat butter in large bowl with mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy; gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar and chocolate drink mix until smooth. Beat in 1/3 cup of remaining Coca-Cola, remaining 1 tablespoon grated orange peel and vanilla until thoroughly blended and smooth. Spread half of frosting over bottom cake layer; top with second layer. Swirl remaining frosting over top of cake. Cut cake into 12 portions; arrange on platter. Decorate with chocolate-dipped strawberries and birthday candles, if desired.

Note: For firmer cake, use one 16-ounce package of pound cake mix, stirring in 1/3 cup powdered chocolate drink mix along with grated orange peel. Use cola for the liquid; bake as directed.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar (I use 3/4)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp baking cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Mix sugar and eggs well, gradually beating in the oil, then the buttermilk and vanilla.
  2. Stir in combined dry ingredients. Sift if the cocoa is lumpy.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin tins 3/4 full. Makes 12 large or 18 medium sized cupcakes. Bake at 350F for 20 min. Remove to cooling rack.

Frosting and Decor:

  • 1/4 cup butter, soft
  • 2 cups icing (confectioners) sugar
  • 3 Tbsp baking cocoa, sifted
  • 4 – 5 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • corn candy
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • candy for eyes, optional

Directions

  1. In a small deep bowl, beat butter, sugar and cocoa with wooden spoon until smooth.
  2. Add milk and vanilla, stirring until smooth.
  3. Spread cupcakes using a butter knife. Add chocolate sprinkles.
  4. Add a little more confectioner’s sugar to the leftover frosting to firm it up a bit and, using a piping bag or small zip-lock with a hole cut in the corner, pipe the heads for the turkeys.
  5. Add corn candy for feathered tails and beak.

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Classic Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 can (398 mL) pure pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) 35% cream, divided
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) maple syrup, divided
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) toasted pecans (optional)

Pumplin Pie Recipe

Directions

  1. To make pastry, in large bowl, whisk flour with salt. Cut in butter with a pastry-blender or rub with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. Use fork to stir 3 tbsp (45 mL) cold water into flour mixture until dough comes together. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) more water if needed. Form dough into a ball and flatten into a large disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hr. before rolling. 
  2. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Roll dough to fit into 9-in. (23- cm) pie plate, trimming excess pastry at edge of plate. Press edge with fork or flute with fingers. Chill 15 min. Using fork, prick bottom of pie shell all over, then line shell with foil. Fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake 15 min. to “blind bake”. Remove foil and weights. Continue to bake another 5 to 10 min. until pastry is lightly golden and crisp. Cool completely. 
  3. Meanwhile, to make pumpkin pie filling, whisk pumpkin puree with brown sugar, 3/4 cup (175 mL) 35% cream, eggs, 2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and salt. Pour filling into blind-baked pie shell. Bake in preheated 350ºF (180ºC). for 55 to 65 min. or until filling is set around the edges but centre jiggles slightly. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. 
  4. To serve, whip remaining cream with electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold in remaining maple syrup. Serve each slice with dollop of cream, sprinkled with toasted pecans (if using).

Tip: Substitute homemade pastry with store-bought pie shell, proofed according to package directions.

Classic Butter Tarts Recipe

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 cup (250 mL) corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

Pastry

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) white vinegar
  • 3 to 4 tbsp (45 to 60 mL) ice cold water

Classic Butter Tarts Recipe

Directions

  1. In large bowl, whisk flour with salt. Cut in butter with pastry blender or rub through fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal. In small bowl, whisk egg yolk with vinegar and 3 tbsp (45 mL) water. Stir into the flour mixture until dough just comes together. Do not overwork. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) more water if needed. Form dough into a flattened disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hr. 
  2. Roll dough on lightly floured work surface. Using 4-in. (10-cm) round cutter, cut into 12 rounds, rerolling scraps as needed. Fit each round into standard muffin tins. Chill 10 min. in freezer. 
  3. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Set rack to lowest position. To make filling, in bowl, whisk corn syrup, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, vinegar and salt until blended. Spoon filling into pastry shells 3/4 full. Place muffin tin on baking sheet lined with parchment or foil to catch drips.
  4. Bake 18 to 20 min. or until filling is puffed and bubbly and pastry is golden brown. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack. Let stand 5 min. Run paring knife around tarts to loosen. Carefully slide metal spatula under tarts to remove. Transfer tarts to rack to cool completely.

Apple Pie Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) all-purpose flour, plus 2 tbsp (30 mL) for filling and more for dusting
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) ground cinnamon, divided
  • 3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt, divided
  • 1 cup (250 mL) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 4 cups (1 L) peeled, cored, finely diced apples (about 4 apples)
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. In food processor, combine 2 1/2 cups (625 mL) flour, sugar, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt. Pulse until blended. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1/4 cup (60 mL) cold water and pulse just until dough forms and holds together when squeezed between fingers. If mixture is too crumbly, pulse in 1 tbsp (15 mL) cold water at a time to moisten. Transfer to lightly floured work surface. Shape into two large discs; wrap in plastic. Chill 30 min.
  2. Meanwhile, in large saucepan, combine apples, 2 tbsp (30 mL) flour, 1/4 cup (60 mL) water, brown sugar, lemon juice, 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 min. until apples are tender and juices are thickened. Transfer mixture into bowl; cool slightly, cover and chill.
  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 disc of dough to 1/8-in. (3-mm) thickness. Using 2 1/2-in. (6.5-cm) round cutter, cut 16 dough rounds. Place on prepared baking sheets. Cover and chill. Roll out second dough disc into 1/8-in. (3-mm) thick rectangle. Using sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice 96 strips of dough, each 4 in. X 1/4 in. (10 cm X 5 mm) — each cookie requires 6 strips. Remove dough rounds from fridge; brush edges with beaten egg. Top each round with 1 tbsp (15 mL) chilled apple mixture, leaving thin border around edges. Press ends of 3 dough strips along “left” edge of dough round (fold strips away from filling). Press ends of another 3 strips along “bottom” edge of dough round (at 90 degrees from first 3 strips), also fold off filling. To weave lattice, lay middle strip from “left” edge onto filling, then lay “bottom” edge strip farthest on left onto filling. Next, lay top and bottom “left” edge strips onto filling. Continue weaving strips under and over each other to create lattice. Firmly press down strips at edges of cookie. Trim off excess dough. Make 16 cookies.
  4. Brush remaining egg wash over lattice tops. Cover and refrigerate cookies 30 min. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake 25 to 30 min., until cookies are golden brown and filling is bubbling. Cool completely on wire rack.