Halloween Themed Braces-Friendly Recipes

Halloween Themed Braces-Friendly Recipes
Posted on 09/29/2014

Now that Halloween is right around the corner, Dr. Shawn Lehman-Grimes and his staff here at your local Clarksville & Springfield, TN orthodontic office would like to share a few braces-friendly recipes with you. Just because you're wearing braces doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the tasty foods and snacks that go along with this fun-filled, ghostly holiday!

These 'spooktacular' recipes are easy to make and delicious to eat. Enjoy!

Oreo Eyeballs

There is nothing more frightening than a jar full of eyeballs staring back at you but these sweet versions may make you smile instead!

Ingredients:

1 package original Oreo cookies

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

16 ounces white chocolate chips

Handful of milk chocolate chips

Small package of gummy Lifesavers

Red food coloring (optional)

Directions:

Crush ¾ of the Oreos in a food processor. Place in medium bowl. Blend softened cream cheese with the Oreo mixture until smooth. Roll into 1-inch balls and set aside.

Melt the white chocolate over medium heat until smooth. Dip the balls in the melted chocolate until completely coated. Set on wax paper. Create the eyeball effect by placing a gummy Lifesaver on each coated ball. Use the milk chocolate chips to make the pupil by placing the chips upside down in the center of the Lifesaver.

To make the eyeballs even more ghoulish, combine the leftover chocolate with the red food color and pipe onto the eyes to create a 'bloodshot' effect.

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Festive Orange/Brown Halloween Parfait

These pretty parfait cups keep with the Halloween theme. They're fun to put together, and the recipe makes eight servings which is plenty for the whole family to enjoy!

Ingredients:

3 boxes instant vanilla pudding

1 teaspoon red food coloring

½ teaspoon yellow food coloring

One, 9-ounce package plain chocolate wafers

6 cups milk

Chocolate syrup to taste

One, 8-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained

Directions:

Combine pudding mix and milk in a large bowl as directed on the package. Refrigerate until firm. Crush chocolate wafers into crumbs using a food processor. Combine red and yellow food coloring in a small bowl. Stir into pudding thoroughly until it turns orange. Alternate layers of pudding with layers of chocolate crumbs in clear parfait cups or glasses for a total of three layers of pudding. Top each layer of crumbs with chocolate syrup before adding the next pudding layer. Top each parfait with mandarin oranges and additional chocolate wafer crumbs.

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Apple Bomboloni

This savory treat filled with soft & delicious apples can be enjoyed while your non braces-wearing friends are biting into sticky, gooey caramel apples.

Ingredients:

For the rustic dough:
3 cups cake flour

½ cup regular, all-purpose flour
Pinch sea salt

1 cup or 2 sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into large pieces

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cups sugar

1 Tablespoon water

Diced Apples:
4 Granny Smith apples

¼ cup sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ lemon, juiced

Directions:

For the dough: In mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, add the dry ingredients and mix for about 5 seconds to blend. Add the butter and vanilla and mix until butter is about the size of peas. Add the cold water and blend until the dough just comes together. Form the dough into a roughly shaped ball, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

For the applesauce filling: Peel, core and slice the apples. Put the apples and the rest of the ingredients into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, turn down heat and cook until apples are very soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat, cool and refrigerate.

Assemble the bombolonis: Remove dough from refrigerator. Roll out to ¼ thick round. Cut into 6 inch rounds. Place about ¼ cup of the apple sauce filling onto the center of each round. Top with a few pieces of diced apples. Pull the sides up toward the center to form a bundle, pinching the dough together toward top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour before baking.

Preheat oven to 350. Remove the bombolonis from the refrigerator and place them on a greased or baking paper lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 25 or 30 minutes. Makes about 5. Enjoy!