Last year, these two recipes were the #1 hit of several Halloween parties.
12 Navel Oranges (I used deep orange grapefruit with great success)
12 Cinnamon Sticks
1/2 Gallon Dark Chocolate Ice Cream (Godiva makes a really dark chocolate ice cream which works well.)
Cut off tops of oranges and gently hollow out pulp (a serrated grapefruit knife works really well), leaving a thick shell. Hollow out pulp from the tops too.
Cut Jack-O-Lantern faces into each orange.
Pack chocolate ice cream into shells. Avoid letting the ice cream come out of the holes.
Cut a hole into top of orange top.
Set tops back on over the ice cream, and set cinnamon stick stem through the hole.
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. I like to use the Hanukkah Triplet Cookie recipe from our Eat, Drink, and be Chinaberry cookbook.
Make fingers by rolling the dough into 3" or 4" long "ropes" (around 1/2" wide)
For fingernails, place blanched, sliced almonds onto uncooked dough.
Using a knife or any sharp object, draw lines into the dough for detail on the fingers such as knuckles or wrinkles.
Follow instructions for baking, allowing slightly less time for them to bake.
Note: Chilled dough works best, as you do not want your fingers to flatten out. If desired, you can paint the fingernails with food coloring, or use red icing for blood.
Feel free to experiment with warts or whatever your imagination comes up with!