Spooky snacks and treats for Halloween

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

Decorate your finger foods in a spooky fashion for your next Halloween party.

Julie Moreno, owner and chef of Jewel's Bakery and Cafe, has some tips and tricks on how to make your appetizers, snacks and cookies more spooktacular.

To add some Halloween decor to deviled eggs, simply cut an olive in half and use eight olive slivers to create a spider shape on top. In the punch bowl, add apples carved to look like skeleton heads.

Cookies are a popular holiday treat and can be shaped and decorated to resemble anything such as pumpkins and ghosts.

Jewel's Gluten Free Sugar Cookies
(No refrigeration needed)

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
3-1/2 cups Jewel's all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in extracts and egg.

4. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients.

5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).

6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Frost cookies with royal icing or shape into creepy fingers.

Royal Icing

3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar

In large bowl of stand mixer, combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners' sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to three days.

Creepy Fingers
Shape cookies into long finger shapes and make small indentations for knuckle wrinkles. Add an almond for the fingernail. Bake for suggested sugar cookie time. Add red piping gel around the nail and bottom of finger after cooling for bloody effect.

For more information, visit jewelsbakeryandcafe.com.