2 tablespoons water
5 medium apples
caramels with water in 1-1/2 quart saucepan over
low heat, stirring until sauce is smooth. Wash
and dry apples; insert stick into stem end of
each apple. Dip into hot caramel sauce; turn
until coated. Scrape off sauce from bottom of
apples. Place on greased waxed paper. Create eyes
and mouth with miniature marshmallow halves.
Create nose with candy corn. Make hat from
construction paper, leaving opening for wooden
large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
16 to 24 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
or pieces semisweet
Line 2 baking sheets (each 14 by 17 in.) with cooking parchment,
or butter sheets and dust with flour.
In a deep bowl, with a mixer at high speed, whip egg whites and
cream of tartar to a thick foam. Continuing to beat, add sugar,
1 tablespoon every 30 seconds, then whip until meringue holds
very stiff peaks. Beat in vanilla. If using cooking parchment, smear a little
meringue on the underside of each corner to make it stick to
Spoon meringue into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain
tip (or spoon into a gallon-size heavy plastic food bag, then
cut off 1 corner to make a 1/2-inch-wide opening). Pipe meringue
onto baking sheets into ghostly shapes about 1/4 to 1/2 inch
thick, 2 to 4 inches wide, and 4 to 6 inches long, spacing about
2 inches apart. To make eyes (noses and
mouths, if desired)
press chocolate chips lightly into meringue.
Bake in a 200°F
oven until meringues begin to turn pale gold and
are firm to touch, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours (1 to 1 1/4 hours in a
convection oven); switch pan positions halfway
Turn off heat and leave meringues in closed oven for 1 hour.
Slide a spatula under meringues to release.
to 12 ghosts.
If making up to 1 week ahead, cool, then store airtight at room
Handle gently: ghosts are fragile!!!
Candied Apples for Halloween
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vinegar
2/3 cup water
1 package Cherry Kool-Aid
Mix sugar, vinegar and water. Boil until mixture
reaches 300°F. Cool. Stir in Kool-Aid. Put apples on sticks and
dip into mixture quickly. Yield: 10 candied apples.
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