October 30, 2011

Melted Witch Puddles

1 tsp water
4 drops yellow food coloring
1-1/2 cups flaked coconut (we only needed half)
2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips (we only needed half)
6 TBS shortening divided
36 chocolate cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)
36 Bugles
4 cups vanilla or white chips**
36 pretzel sticks

1.  In a large resealable plastic bag, combine water and food coloring; add coconut. Seal bag and shake to tint coconut; set aside. 

2.  In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons shortening; stir until smooth.

3.  For witches' hats, place about 1/3 cup chocolate mixture in a resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe a small amount of chocolate on a cookie. Dip a Bugle in some of the remaining chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Position over chocolate on cookie, forming a witch's hat. Set on waxed paper to dry. Repeat with remaining chocolate, Bugles and cookies.

4.  For puddles, melt vanilla chips and the remaining shortening; stir until smooth. Place mixture in a large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe mixture into the shape of a puddle onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. (We didn't use a bag we just used two spoons to make a puddle.)

5.  Immediately place a witch's hat on the puddle. Place a pretzel stick alongside the hat; sprinkle reserved tinted coconut at the end of the pretzel stick. Repeat with remaining puddles, hats and brooms. Chill for 15 minutes or Let set up at room temperature. Store in an airtight container. 

Yield 3 dozen

 **purple or green candy melts would be cute also to look like colored witches 

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