Pumpkin Cookies have a
wonderfully soft and spongy texture and taste of pumpkin and its
complementary spices (ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves). Absolutely
delicious with a cream cheese frosting.
Halloween Cheesecakes are cute little New York style cheesecakes with
chocolate crumb crusts that are dressed up for Halloween with cobwebs of
Whoopie Pies take two round
domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwiches them together with a
soft and creamy vanilla filling that has been colored bright orange.
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Mummy Cupcakes are delicious
chocolate cupcakes covered with lines of creamy Marshmallow Frosting.
Two candy eyes finish the look making these cupcakes oh so cute.
crisp is perfect when the weather turns cold. There is something so
appealing about warm baked apples covered in cinnamon and sugar,
made all the more tasty with a crisp and crunchy topping.
Fall and Winter baking wouldn't
seem complete without a batch of gingerbread cookies. Fragrant with
ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves the amount of which can be
adjusted to suit your own individual taste.
Chocolate Peanut Squares are
a delicious combination of peanut butter, cocoa powder, marshmallows,
rice cereal, and peanuts.
Peanut Butter Balls have a
lovely coating of chocolate with a smooth and creamy filling that is
almost fudge-like in texture. more
These rich and elegant,
bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white
chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter,
liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried
Once you try this moist and
tender chocolate cupcake with a satiny smooth peanut butter frosting
it's sure to become a favorite.
Halloween is primarily a children's holiday celebrated on October 31. It is a day full of parties, of dressing up in costumes and
going door to door in neighborhoods collecting candy (called trick-or
treating which means "Give me a treat or I'll play a trick on you").
Houses are often decorated with pumpkins carved into Jack-O-Lanterns,
with the Halloween enthusiasts adding corn stalks, bales of hay, spooky
music, dry ice, cob webs, and even statues of ghosts, crows, bats,
witches, and tombstones.
Halloween has its roots in
ancient times, attached mainly to the Celtic festival (Samhain), which
was celebrated on November 1. This festival marked the end of summer and
the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It was also the Festival
of the Dead, and on the eve of Samhain (October 31) the Celtics believed
the spirits of the dead returned to earth and caused havoc while
they traveled to the Land of the Dead. The Celtics would dress in
costumes to disguise themselves from the spirits and bonfires were lit
so food and animals could be sacrificed. On this day it was also
believed that Celtic priests had the power to read the future and to cast
As time passed and the Christian church's influence spread, they
tried to end Samhain (they were not completely successful) by renaming
November 1 All Saints' Day (All Hallows' Day in England). It became a
day to celebrate Christian saints and the night before all Saints' Day
become known as All Hallows' Eve (later Halloween).
When European immigrants arrived in America each group
brought their own unique Halloween customs and traditions, which
eventually evolved into our own American-style holiday. It combines
aspects of celebrating the end of the harvest year, the dressing up in
costumes, the going door to door asking for food and money, and the
supernatural. Through the years community leaders have tried to focus
Halloween more on parties and celebrating the harvest than on the
supernatural, but just as in ancient times, it has not been completely
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