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Homemade Halloween Recipes

Turn "scary" inspiration like Jack O'Lanterns and spider webs into tasty Halloween-themed dishes! The Cooking Mom Amy Hanten shows us how.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Dip

8 ounces softened cream cheese
1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin (not pie filling)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 ounces Cool Whip
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Use a mixer to beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in pumpkin puree, powdered sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined and smooth. Mix in Cool Whip. Fold in chocolate chips. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Decorate the top with a some extra chocolate chips if you like. Serve with graham crackers, pretzels, ginger snaps and/or crunchy apples for dipping.
Link to recipe on Amy's website.
Spider Web Pizza
1 12-inch pizza crust
4 to 8 slices mozzarella or provolone cheese
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup Alfredo sauce
8 to 12 small meatballs
8 to 12 black olive slices
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Top pizza crust with slices of cheese. Spread pizza sauce over the top.
Spoon Alfredo sauce in a small plastic zip lock bag. Cut small corner in the bag to create a piping bag. Squeeze piping bag to pipe circles around the crust to look like a spider web. Start your circles from the outer edge and continue to make small circles until you get to the center. Pull a knife through the Alfredo sauce starting from the center to the outside edge, changing direction with every pull to make it look like a web.
Place meatballs around the top and then top the meatballs with olives to look like eyeballs.
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
You can also use mini pizza crusts to make individual pizzas. These are perfect for Halloween parties or for a fun dinner before the kids go trick or treating!
Link to recipe on Amy's website.
Orange Salad Bowls
5 large oranges
3 teaspoons orange zest
1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/3 cup olive oil or canola
Salt and black pepper
8 to 10 cups spring mix lettuce
1 can mandarin oranges drained (optional)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Slice the top off of 4 oranges as close to the top as possible. Using a sharp knife, run knife blade carefully around inside edge of each of the 4 oranges, far enough down to loosen as much of the orange as possible, but not so far down as to cut a hole in the bottom of the orange. Using spoon, scoop out the orange pulp, scraping the inside of the orange as clean as possible, again without ripping or tearing the orange. Zest and squeeze juice from the one remaining orange. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid add orange zest, fresh orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, oil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Shake well until dressing starts to thicken a bit. To serve, put the spring mix in a large bowl. Toss with enough of the dressing to coat the spinach. Either cut the insides of some of orange flesh that was removed into small pieces or instead you can use the canned mandarin oranges. Toss with the salad. Fill orange bowls with salad. Sprinkle each with a little cheese.
These are really cute for a Halloween dinner or party. Just use a sharp knife to cut a Jack-O-Lantern face in each orange cup.
Link to recipe on Amy's website,