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Jack O' Lantern Party Treat

(Family Features) - Calling all creepy costumed creatures and ghoul-friends! Treat your friends and family to a ghostly good time. Instead of chaperoning your kids door-to-door this Halloween, why not stay inside and throw your own fun fright night?

Gather in the kitchen and create some fun with refrigerated ready-to-bake cookie dough. Using two different kinds of bar dough-brownie and chocolate chip-your creative goblins can design a party-worthy Halloween treat. Easy for even the littlest hands, this baking project is one that's made for the whole gang.

While the party treat bakes ... eek, drink and be merry!

  • Make the mood by choosing some scary background music.
  • Offer Sloppy Joes from the slow-cooker, a veggie tray, and apple cider.
  • Have a "scariest" costume competition.
  • Turn down the lights and tell age-appropriate ghost stories.
  • Document the fun with a digital camera, and take a picture of the Jack O'Lantern Party Treat before it's cooled enough for everyone to dig in!

Remember this sweet party treat throughout the year when the kids want a special baking project. Encourage them to create other designs-hearts, short words, ghosts, stars & moon, snowmen,  Santa, animals, their initials or random art-with this two-toned cookie sensation.

For seasonal baking fun throughout the year, and ideas for gathering everyone in the kitchen, visit www.VeryBestBaking.com.

Next Halloween, the only door they'll be knocking on is yours!

Jack O' Lantern Party Treat

Ingredients
  • 1 package (16.5 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Mini Brownie Bites Bar Dough

Preparation
    1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish or pan.
    2. CUT or break each bar into pieces along pre-scored lines (you should have 40 pieces for each flavor). Arrange about 2/3 of chocolate chip dough pieces in a pumpkin shape in center of prepared dish, leaving about a 1/2-inch space between pieces. Don't fill in spaces for the eyes, nose and mouth. Fill these spaces with brownie dough pieces. Surround pumpkin with brownie dough pieces and remaining chocolate chip dough pieces along the short sides of dish. Pieces can be molded for a neater design. As the treat bakes, the dough will spread out to fill the dish!
    3. BAKE for 25 to 27 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in dish on wire rack.

Calories: 180g     Total Fat: 9g
Cholesterol: 20mg     Protein: 1g
Carbohydrates: 23g     Sodium: 150mg

Serves
Makes 24 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Variation: Use dough of one flavor to form ghosts, initials, short words or other shapes such as a heart, stars & moon, snowmen, Santa, or animals, then surround with the other flavor of dough. Bake as directed above.

SOURCE: Nestlé USA, Inc.



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