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13 DAYS of Halloween

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, October 19th, 2008 at 8:19 pm in Crafts, Cuisine, Halloween.

Frankenstein Fingers The countdown to that trickiest, treatiest holiday – Halloween – has begun and we’re definitely getting in the mood. For the next 13 days, we’ll be bringing you tricks, treats, crafts and recipes, starting with these ghoulish little snacks. Care for a Frankenstein finger? Or a mummy digit? These are from one of our favorite new books, “A Ghostly Good Time: The Family Halloween Handbook” from Women’s Day Magazine publications. The book – and these hilarious little “fingers” made from candy-coated pretzels – is featured in the Times and Trib’s food sections on Oct. 29, but we’re giving you a sneak peek now. And believe us when we say, these fingers are just one of about 50 recipes and ideas we fell in love with in the book. The book is fab – super creative, super easy and everything comes out looking exactly like it does in the book, which is no small feat. Have we mentioned how much we hate, abhor and loathe cookbooks whose results bear no resemblance to what the pictures promise? So let’s segue direct to the Frankie fingers…

Basically, you melt about a cupful of white chocolate or green candy melts – you can buy the latter at Michael’s or Boswell’s – in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds or so, and then dip in 8 pretzel rods, about halfway. Shake off the excess and place them on a wax paper-lined baking sheet. Pour the remaining melted coating into a ziplock-type bag and snip off a tiny corner. If you’re doing Frankenstein or witchy fingers, you’re using the green coating and all it needs are some curlicued knuckles piped on, and a red Dots-style gumdrop, halved vertically, stuck on for the fingernail. For the mummy fingers, just pipe white chocolate zigzags to make “bandages”. Once it’s dried, dip the tops in a little cocoa powder to add that dusty, mummy-ish effect. And voila. Ten minutes tops, start to finish.

Come back tomorrow for a little … hand soap.

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