Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Longtail Halloween Treat

Our next guest I originally met through a cooking contest site I'm a member of. She specializes in Halloween which is my favorite holiday so I knew I had to have her as a guest at some point. She just published a book which can be found on Amazon HERE. Please be sure to check out Beth's blog at Hungry Halloween and check out all her great ideas for your next party! She also has step by step pictures on how to make this Longtail if you need more details. Now over to Beth -

If you are looking for party food that might at first gross out your squeamish guests, but tastes so yummy they won't be able to resist, this is the recipe for you. Longtail is created from a combination of chocolate cream filled cookies and cream cheese with chocolate chip eyes and pink tinted frosting tail, nose, and toes.

(Adapted from Hungry Halloween)

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18 ounces chocolate cream filled cookies
8 ounces cream cheese, softened and divided
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
pink paste or gel food coloring
2 chocolate chips

Special Equipment Needed:
food processor
plastic wrap
disposable pastry bag
#12 and #13 decorating tips
pastry bag coupler

Pour cookies into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the cookies are fine crumbs. Remove 2/3 cup crumbs and set aside. Add 7 ounces cream cheese to the food processor and pulse until mixture is completely combined, scraping bowl as needed.

Reserve about 3 tablespoons of the cookie/cream cheese dough for Longtail's legs and ears. Pour the remaining dough onto a piece of plastic wrap. Use the plastic wrap to help you form the dough into a long oval. Unwrap.

Pour reserved cookie crumbs into a long shallow container. Roll dough oval into crumbs, shaping the body as you go. Place on a serving platter.

Press the two chocolate chips onto either side of Longtail's face for his eyes. Pinch off small amounts of the reserved dough and roll into 2 short skinny front legs and two longer wider back legs. Attach to body. Pinch off two small balls of dough and flatten them into ears. Attach to head.

Combine the remaining 1 ounce of cream cheese with the powdered sugar and one very small drop of pink food coloring. Stir until well combined. Spoon pink cream cheese into a pastry bag fitted with a coupler and # 12 decorating tip. Pipe a long tail onto the back of Longtail's body. Start by setting the decorating tip at Longtail's back end. Squeeze and as the frosting comes out of the tip, pull out and around the body tapering off as you go. Pipe on a nose and pipe some pink onto each ear. Remove the #12 decorating tip and replace it with a #3 tip. Pipe on Longtails' toes. Keep refrigerated for up to a week. Bring to room temperature before serving.

NOTE: If you don't have any experience piping frosting, you can create Longtail's nose, toes, and tail out of pink taffy or any pink chewy candy. Just soften the candy in the microwave for 3 seconds then cut and mold into the desired shape. (Be careful as candy can get very hot in microwave.)