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Black Cat Halloween Cookies

 While researching Halloween, Chef Renee Marton came across these Black Cat Cookies, a very easy way to make cookie with a black cat design.

For Candy C0rn Halloween Cupcake recipe, click here.

Black Cat Cookies
adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cook Book
for Boys and Girls, 1957


1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten

2/3 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

2-3/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

flat bottomed glass or small rolling pin
chocolate peppermint wafers
- round
semisweet chocolate chips


Thoroughly mix first 5 ingredients. Stir flour, baking soda and salt together and then add to mixture. Blend all together, but don’t overmix. Chill for one hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease baking sheet. Roll dough into balls the size of walnuts. Place on cookie sheet. Dip bottom of glass in flour. Use bottom to flatten cookies. Bake for about 8 minutes.

As soon as cookies are removed from oven, place a peppermint wafer slightly off center of each cookie (this will become the main body of the cat). Place two chips close together next to top edge of mint wafer and one at the center of the bottom edge of wafer. With toothpick, using a circular motion, stir the two top chips—one at a time—and drag the toothpick upwards to form the point of the cat’s ear. Repeat. On the bottom chip, with toothpick, shape the melted chocolate into a long tail by pulling the chocolate down and to angle.

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How to Find Great Pumpkins on the North Fork, LI

Pumpkins. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

I you’re out this weekend looking for great pumpkins, try Krupski’s Farm on the Main Road in Peconic on the North Fork of Long Island.

Yes, you could settle for the specimins at your local bodega. But you’d miss out on the gorgeous pumpkins at Krupski’s—not to mention their huge and varied selection of winter squash.

Krupski's squash. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Other places to shop for or pick your own pumpkins on the North Fork include a wealth of stands, says Exploreli.  Try some of these:

Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard

Harbes Family Farm Stand

Greenland Family Farms

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Upper West Side: Halloween Events for Kids and Adults

Looking for Halloween events for you and the kids? No need to leave the Upper West Side! There are ghosts.There are haunted houses. There are even gargoyles. And of course, plenty to eat, not to mention all that candy! Here’s a list of some of the best Upper West Side Halloween activities:

Oct. 24
Big Green Halloween at P.S. 166. A parent-run festival and fundraiser that will feature live music and entertainment, carnival games, raffles and prizes, a costume contest and haunted house, celebrity chefs and more. For more information, click here. (Via NY Metro Parents)

Brownstone School’s Halloween Fun Fair. Activities include a bouncy castle and slide, train ride, life-size Candyland course, pumpkin and cupcake decorating, sand art. For more information, click here.

Oct. 27
Spooky, Sparkly Halloween Bat Puppets. Decorate a night creature puppet. For more information, click here.

Halloween Ball 2009 at the Central Park Conservancy. A non-traditional black-tie gala—over-the-top costumes are the rule—to celebrate Halloween. For more information, click here.

Oct 29
Spider Lollipops and Fairy Flowers. Make scary spider lollipops or pretty fairy flowers to give away as Halloween treats. For more information, click here.

Oct. 30
Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. An Upper West Side institution, the evening begins with the screening of a classic horror film. Visit here for more details.  (Via About.com)

Halloween on the Hudson. Party on the Hudson aboard the Queen of Hearts; there are drinks, costumes, and prizes. Click here for details.

Halloween Party, Rutgers Church. Come in costume to celebrate Halloween. For more details, click here.

Spooky, Sparkly, Halloween Puppets. Decorate a night creature puppet with day glow paper cut-outs, orange glue and spooky sparkles. Click here for more details.

Oct. 31
Morning of the Gargoyles: A Children’s Halloween Workshop at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Morning activities include a reading of Eve Bunting’s Night of the Gargoyles and the opportunity to make grimacing gargoyles and scary skeletons.  Details here.

Museum of Natural History Halloween Party. More than 30 of the Museum’s popular halls will be open for trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, and other Halloween fun. For more information, click here.

Healthy Haunted House. Build a sweet and healthy haunted house with graham crackers, icing and assorted dried fruits. Details here.

West 90th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West.The West 90th Street Park West Block Association sponsors decorations and lights, neighbors are on the street with trick or treat candy and some lobbies on the street welcome children as well. For more details, click here.  (Via Gotham Girl)

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Halloween Recipe: Candy Corn Cupcakes To Wow Your Trick-or-Treaters

Photo: By tsaiware via on flickr.

Photo: By tsaiware via flickr.

What could be a better Halloween treat than cupcakes crowned with candy corn “teeth?”  Try these goodies from Upper West Side Chef Renee Marton on your young (and grownup!) ghosts and goblins:

Witch’s Teeth Halloween Cupcakes

Makes one dozen cupcakes.


1 28-ounce can pumpkin, drained in a paper liner or towel lined strainer, for one hour
3 eggs
¾ cup canola oil
1/2 orange juice
2-1/4 cups light brown sugar
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup dried sweetened cranberries
pinch salt



Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan.

In a large bowl and with an electric mixer, blend together the strained pumpkin, eggs, oil, orange juice, and sugar. Beat until well blended.

Sift together the dry ingredients and mix into wet mixture, blending until smooth. Don’t overmix or the cupcakes will be tough. Fold in cranberries. Fill liners three-fourths full with batter. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Cool on a rack.

Cocoa Frosting

½ cup butter, softened
½ cup cocoa powder (Dutch process)
2.5 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons orange juice

orange candy sugar, for sprinkling

1 bag large or regular size candy corn.

Mix butter and cocoa powder together until well blended.  Add powdered sugar alternating with orange juice.  Use an electric mixer so you can “fluff up” the icing by incorporating some air—this will make it easier to spread on the cupcakes.

Immediately, place the icing in a Ziploc bag.  Squeeze the icing into one corner of the bag, and press out the air before you seal the bag.  Snip off one corner and squeeze out the icing in a zig zag pattern until the tops are completely covered.  Don’t go over the edges of the cupcake. The icing should be thick enough so it can hold the candy corn in place.  If you use regular size candy corn, place the “teeth” into the frosting any way you think witch’s teeth would grow.  Sprinkle with the orange candy sugar.  Do not refrigerate or the frosting will develop a “skin.”  Serve the same day.

If you want to get a little fancier, put a star pastry tip into the corner of the ziploc bag, and swirl in a clockwise direction as you squeeze the frosting onto the top of the cupcake.

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