Sweet & scary
How to make Halloween goodies that trick and treat
Ghost meringues: "A Halloween party is simply not a party without a ghoulish spread of spooky treats and nibbles," says cookbook author Annie Rigg. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)
2. Put egg whites and salt in a bowl of an electric mixer or use a whisk; beat until foamy. Add hot sugar all at once; whisk on medium high speed until meringue is very thick, super glossy and white, about 6 minutes.
3. Fit a pastry bag with a 3/8-inch tip; line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon meringue into pastry bag; pipe into 4-inch logs on prepared baking sheets, spacing them well apart. Pipe two balls of meringue at end of each log to make bone shape. Bake on middle shelf of oven until crisp, 40 minutes. Turn oven off; allow bones to cool inside.
Pipe meringue into slightly wobbly cone shapes on prepared baking sheets. Bake 1 hour until crisp then cool as before. Use black writing icing to give ghosts eyes.
Prep: 30-40 minutes
Dry: 2 hours
Makes: 12 creatures
Note: Adapted from "Halloween Treats" by Annie Rigg; she makes the rats' faces with different icing colors. We used small candies and touches of black gel and pre-made pink frosting.
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 1/3 cups desiccated (dried) coconut
Red licorice laces, white sugar pearls, black coloring gel, pink candies or pre-made pink frosting
1. Place condensed milk, confectioners' sugar and coconut in a bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until mixture starts to come together; work in last bit of sugar with your hands. Add black food coloring gel a little at a time; continue mixing until smooth and evenly colored.
2. Break off walnut-size pieces; roll with your hands into a cone shape. Pinch two little ears on narrow end of each cone; squeeze point into a nose shape. Use a skewer to poke a hole into the fat end of each rat; push in a piece of red licorice for a tail. Tuck a small pink candy into the snout or dot with pink frosting. Tuck white sugar pearls in for eyes; dot eyes with black coloring gel for pupils. Let rats dry on parchment paper, at least 2 hours.