Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BOO! Cookies

As a young mom, I was always looking for fun, fast holiday treats that I could make in bulk to take to the girls' school and club parties.  There was no internet to surf for ideas in the mid-eighties, so we relied heavily upon manufacturers' suggestions in women's magazines.

I found this cute and easy idea from the folks that make Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cookies, and they became an instant family and school favorite.  Of course, those were the days before the dreaded nut-allergy epidemic.

What's really nice about these treats, is that the children can actually help.  So many kid-friendly recipes turn out to be just the opposite.  We made these yesterday with my two-year- old grandson, and while he was a tad too young to dip the cookies himself, he had a blast watching and didn't have to wait long to sample and enjoy!

All you need to get started, is a bag of Nutter Butter cookies, a bag of white chocolate chips (I used a block of white chocolate) and some gum drops or gummy fruit rings.

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double-boiler or in a glass dish in the microwave.  I prefer the double-boiler method because it's easier to keep the temperature constant so the chocolate doesn't burn.

Dip half a cookie (kids can help with this because the chocolate never gets hot enough to burn the skin) in the melted chocolate, and place on a parchment covered cookie sheet.  Continue until all the cookies have been coated.

Cut the ghosts' eyes from the gum drops and press into the still soft chocolate.   I put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator for fifteen minutes to speed-set the chocolate, then let the kids enjoy.  Richard loved them as much as my girls did!

It's just so darn hard to choose which one to eat first!

That little guy with the red eyes looks tasty.

Here goes!

I put the ghosts that survived Richard, in a plastic container.  They'll keep for quite a while in a cool, dry place.

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