Frightfully Easy Ghosts and Cutie Bugs
There’s no trick to making these treats. Just dip and decorate purchased peanut butter cookies.
Prep Time 40 min
Total Time 40 min
8 oz vanilla-flavored candy coating, cut into pieces
8 oz chocolate-flavored candy coating, cut into pieces
1 package (1 lb) peanut-shaped peanut butter-filled sandwich cookies
32 miniature semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 teaspoons)
16 regular-size semisweet chocolate chips
32 small pretzel twists
32 miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits
Line cookie sheets with waxed paper. In 2 (1-quart) saucepans, separately melt vanilla candy coating and chocolate candy coating over low heat, stirring each constantly, until smooth.
Ghost cookies will be dipped in vanilla coating; bug cookies will be dipped in chocolate coating. Coat and decorate a few cookies at a time as coating sets up quickly. For each ghost or bug, place cookie in coating; lift out with fork, letting excess drip off. Place cookies, coated side up, on cookie sheets.
For each ghost, place 2 miniature chocolate chips on each coated cookie to resemble eyes and 1 regular chocolate chip for mouth. Let stand 10 minutes until set.
For bugs, cut pretzels into curved pieces for legs. Dip one end of each curved piece in chocolate coating; place 3 legs on each side of each cookie. Cut 2 short pieces for antennae. Dip one end of each pretzel piece in coating; place 2 antennae on top of each cookie. Place 2 candy-coated baking bits near antennae for eyes. Let stand 10 minutes until set.
Substitute colored candy coating wafers for multicolored cutie bugs. Brands of candy coating vary in degree of thickness when melted.
If the mixture is too thick for dipping, stir in melted shortening, a teaspoon at a time, to thin the mixture.