Bones and Blood
¾ cup butter or margarine, softened
¾ cup shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tbsp. almond extract
5 cups white flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 jar raspberry preserves
In a large bowl, whip butter and shortening together. Blend in eggs and almond extract. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, stirring well after each addition. Roll into a ball, wrap, and set in the refrigerator for at least an hour, preferably overnight. Print out a template from bone clip art or make your own on card stock. Roll out dough, place template on top, and cut around template to create a bone shape. Bake in a preheated 400F oven for 6-8 minutes and allow to cool thoroughly on a cookie rack. If desired, sprinkle with powdered sugar prior to serving. To serve: place preserves in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds or until preserves are melted and liquid. Serve in the center of a platter with “bones” surrounding the “blood” dip.
Prepare candy or caramel apples, as desired. Using fruit leather, chocolate chips, coconut, etc., decorate each apple as a miniature jack-o-lantern. For a fun variation, set out decorations in small bowls on the table and allow guests to decorate their own jack-o-apples.
1 package gelatin
bendy plastic straws
tall glasses, cups, or containers
Pack the straws tightly into whichever container you choose to use – you do not want the straws to be overpacked and squished, but you also don’t want a lot of extra space or the worms won’t set properly. Prepare gelatin according to package directions, melting in hot water, then adding cold. Pour into straws – pouring over the top of the container to get an even amount in each cup. Allow gelatin to set overnight. Remove straws from container and cover a work area with waxed paper. Briefly run straws under hot water to allow the gelatin to release, and “pour” the worm onto the waxed paper. When all your worms are released, serve them in a chilled glass bowl. Add “dirt”” made of crushed chocolate cookies if you desire.