Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens
Crunchy chow mein noodles and cornflakes are held together with a peanut butter mixture for an easy-to-shape treat. Once shaped and decorated, these snacks are a Halloween delight.
Servings: Makes 6 to 8 snacks
Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
1 3-ounce canchow mein noodles (about 1 3/4 cups)*see savings
1 cupcornflakessee savings
1/2 cupraisins, snipped dried apricots, dried cherries, and/or dried cranberriessee savings
2 cupspeanut butter-flavored pieces (12 ounces)see savings
4 ounceswhite baking chocolate or vanilla-flavored candy coating, choppedsee savings
Red, orange, and/or brown decorating icingsee savings
Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the chow mein noodles, cornflakes, and raisins; set aside.
Put the peanut butter-flavored pieces in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. (If necessary, microwave for 15 to 45 seconds more, stirring after every 15 seconds or until melted.) Or place the peanut butter pieces in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until the pieces are melted. Pour the melted peanut butter pieces over the noodle mixture and stir until all of the mixture is coated. Spread mixture into prepared pan, pressing evenly. Cool about 30 minutes or until mixture is set. Use foil to lift mixture from pan onto a cutting board. Remove foil. Use a tombstone-shape cookie cutter to cut shapes or cut into 3x2-inch rectangles.
Put the white baking chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 45 seconds. Stir until smooth. (If necessary, microwave for 15 to 45 seconds more, stirring after every 15 seconds until melted. Or melt white baking chocolate in a saucepan as before.) Lightly spread the fronts, tops, and sides of tombstones with melted white chocolate. Let stand about 15 minutes or until set. Decorate with icing. Makes 6 to 8 snacks
4. Note: If desired, use 1 3/4 cups noodles from a 5- to 6-ounce can or package for the tombstones and use remaining noodles to make "grass". Place noodles in a large plastic or paper bag; add several drops green food coloring. Close bag and shake to color the noodles. For darker or more even color, add more food coloring and shake again.
If tombstones won't stand,prop them up with large gumdrops or other candy.