Saturday, October 30, 2010

Countdown to Halloween - Oct. 30th: Old-Time Halloween Recipes

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Ball

Some time-honored traditional Halloween delights plus a recipe from Phyllis Hoffman's Celebrate Halloween that's D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S-!-!-!

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Ball

Makes 12 to 15 servings


2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
3 Tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup Reese's peanut butter-flavored morsels
1/2 cup chopped Reese's peanut butter cups
1 cup chopped peanuts
Chocolate Wafer Cookies
Thin Ginger Snaps

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter at medium-high speed with mixer until creamy. Add sugars, beating until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Stir in peanut butter morsels and peanut butter cups. Cover, and refrigerate at least 3 hours. Form mixture into a ball, and roll in chopped peanuts. Serve with chocolate cookies and ginger snaps.

Spooky Popcorn Balls


4 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for buttering hands
1 10 oz bag miniature marshmallows
¼ c. light-brown sugar, packed firmly
3 quarts popped popcorn

Optional Add-ins:

1 cup of any of the following or a mixture: M & M’s, Reese's Pieces, mini chocolate chips, peanuts, red hots

Melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and brown sugar. Stir until melted and smooth, then remove from heat.

Pour popcorn and any add-ins into pan with melted mixture and mix well. Butter your hands and shape into balls about 3 inches in diameter. Set out on wax or parchment paper to dry for about 10 minutes if you can wait that long!

Peanut Brittle Boo


2 c. raw peanuts
1 ½ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. white Karo
¾ c. water
1 tsp. soda

In a 3-quart saucepan, boil sugar, Karo, and water until it forms a soft ball in water or spins a thread when dropped off the spoon. Then add the 2 cups raw peanuts. Cook and stir constantly until the peanuts turn golden brown(about 7 minutes.) Remove from heat and add vanilla and baking soda, stir until foamy and quickly pour into large cookie sheet that has been buttered and salted, spreading thin. As soon as cooled, break into pieces.



Cellar Door said...

Who could say "no" to a popcorn ball that offers our dear friend, the marshmallow?! I hold my Tricks or Treats bag wide-open for one! Er...make that two?

dragonmamma said...

Those all sound seriously good.

Don't forget candy corn as an add-in for the popcorn balls.