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HALLOWEEN PARTY WEEK: WITCH HAT SURPRISES

Halloween is on Sunday, and if you're throwing a party, you might be scrambling for some scary snack ideas. This week, we'll offer fun and creative ways to make your party food creepy. This one comes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine and would also make a fun treat for classroom parties.

INGREDIENTS

Self-sealing plastic bag

1 can chocolate frosting

20 chocolate ice cream cones

Candy corn or assorted small candies

Large green and yellow gumdrops (optional)

20 2- to 3-inch chocolate cookies

DIRECTIONS

1. Fill plastic bag with some chocolate frosting. Seal bag and cut a very small end off one corner of the bag and set aside. For each hat, invert one ice cream cone and fill with about 2 tablespoons candy corn or small candies. Pipe some frosting from bag along bottom edge of cone. Press a cookie against frosting. Carefully invert right side up onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.

2. Decorate outside of cone with small candies, using additional frosting as necessary. Refill frosting bag as needed. If desired, roll out large green and yellow gumdrops on a sugared surface until -inch thick. Cut into 1/4-inch strips. Press green strips around brim of hat and cut smaller pieces from yellow strips to make a buckle; press onto hat. Makes 20 hats.

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