The WeekEnd Eater
Our resident eater is on vacation so no great pick to devour this week. Instead, with Halloween just around the corner, it's time to plan those costumes, get the games together and create the most creepy edible treats possible. Here's a quick recipe from Nestlé Toll House to get you and the kids into a party spirit.
Beware: Although the cooking time is only about 2 minutes, the tasty eye-opening treats need to be refrigerated at least one hour. Plus, there's a 45-minute preparation time.
» Wax paper
» 1 cup creamy peanut butter (not all-natural)
» 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
» 2 cups powdered sugar
» 1 (2.1-oz.) Nestlé Butterfingers, finely chopped
» 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestlé white morsels
» 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
» 2 pkgs. (1.7-oz. each) Nestlé Butterfinger BB's candy
» 1 small tube red decorating icing
» Wooden pick or skewer for dipping
Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper. Beat peanut butter and butter together until creamy. Beat in powdered sugar until mixture holds together and is moistened. Stir in chopped Butterfinger. Shape into 1-inch "eyeballs." Place on prepared baking sheets. Freeze for 1 hour.
Melt morsels and shortening in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on medium-high (70 percent) power for 1 minute 30 seconds; stir. If needed, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Remove one baking sheet of frozen "eyeballs" from freezer (keep other sheet in freezer until ready to use).
Dip one eyeball into melted morsel mixture using a wooden pick or skewer. Shake off excess and return to baking sheet. Gently press 1 Butterfinger BB on top of eyeball to make a pupil. Repeat procedure with remaining eyeballs. Refrigerate until coating is set. You may find it necessary to reheat morsel mixture before dipping second batch. Before serving, pipe decorator icing around eyeballs to create bloodshot markings. Store in covered container in refrigerator. Best served cold.