Sloppy Skulls

I don’t do Halloween.

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What I mean is, I don’t do the dressing up scaring the cheese doodles out of myself and others kind of Halloween.

I do the eat tons of candy, make themed treats watch movies all night with the lights on kind of Halloween, still holding on tightly to Mr. LTSL….

You never know, evil ghosts and creepy things can still appear in the light.

What are you guys doing for Halloween?!? Is anyone hosting a party, dressing up, stealing your kids candy?!?

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Will anyone else be eagerly awaiting the Jimmy Kimmel I stole your candy video?!?! Hahahah so good … yet, so evil.. but so good.

The last couple of years I’ve focused on snack-ish items with my Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies and a healthy dose of Halloween Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispy Squares … this year though I have something not just spooky but so delicious and savory, because let’s be honest, as much as I’d like to live on cookies and cakes and doughnuts ( oh, my) – I can’t.

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I need sloppy joes. Ooooorrr in this case, sloppy skulls.

Sloppy Skulls

Dough

3 Cups Flour

1 Tbsp Instant Yeast

1 Tbsp Sugar

2 Tsp Salt

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 1/4 Cup Water

Sloppy filling

1 pack dried sloppy Joe Mix

1 can tomato paste

1 lb medium ground beef ( you can totally sub in ground chicken, turkey or pork)

1 1/4 Cup Water

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Directions:

In a large bowl, combine flour, yeast, sugar, salt and olive oil.

Slowly add water and knead until dough comes together.

Cover and allow to rise for at least 30 minutes.

While the dough rises, on medium high heat, brown the ground beef – should take about 10 minutes.

Add sloppy joe mix, tomato paste and water.

Simmer for 10 minutes.

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Preheat oven to 425 oc.

Once dough rises, punch down and empty onto a lightly floured surface.

Separate the dough into 4 even pieces.

Roll each dough piece into a 1/4 inch circle, place into  greased skull cake pan.

Carefully fill each with sloppy filling and cover with remaining dough.

Repeat with 3 other dough pieces.

Bake for 30 minutes.

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Have a happy Halloween!!

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Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

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When witches go ridding

And black cats are seen,

the moon laughs & Whispers,

‘tis near Halloween

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… I’ll stop, I’m already scared. I wish I could tell you that I love Halloween – I don’t. I don’t see why someone would want to purposely be scared or scare other people.

I’m a total chicken – I still call my mom, when walking to the train/bus station and it’s dark outside … I wish I was kidding.

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This weekend I was watching the movie Hook (yes, the children’s movie) and Mr. LTSL told me to change the channel because it sounded scary … we’re pretty much besties!! I stinking love that kid.

So, I won’t be dressing up for Halloween – there are no trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood … instead I’ll be waiting for Saturday when all the candy goes on sale and then I can take it all and bake it in browines … or cookies … or c ake … or who am I to be biased?!?! – all 3!!

But just because I shitake mushrooms   at the slightest loud noise, and you won’t find me wearing a mask — it doesn’t mean I can’t sprinkle a little Halloween goodness all up in this joint!!

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Plus, the Halloween oreos looks so cool!!

Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

 1 Cup butter at room temperature

1 ¼  cup packed light brown sugar

½  cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 bag Halloween oreos ( I ended up using 12)

Halloween sprinkles

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl , cream butter and sugars. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.

In a medium bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients.

Using a cookie scoop, sandwich two scoops of cookie dough around an Oreo ( it’s like a chocolate oreo hug!!).

Roll in a bowl of Halloween sprinkles

Bake cookies for 12 minutes.

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Ghosts, Goblins, Witches & Superheroes UNITE !! … or be like me and get into some comfy pjs and gouge on cookies and mini candy bars ( … kidding .. I won’t be doing this .. well, I won’t be doing it alone at least!!)