, Newburyport, MA


November 7, 2012

Give leftover Halloween candy another chance


From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Tested by Susan M. Selasky.


Makes: 1 nine -inch cheesecake / Preparation time: 15 minutes

Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes (not including chilling time)

1/4 cup butter or margarine

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup milk

4 eggs, beaten

1 cup chocolate candy bars, chopped

1 cup sour cream

Chocolate curls to garnish (made with potato peeler from candy bars)

In a 9-inch round microwave- safe baking dish, melt butter or margarine in microwave on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Stir in crumbs. Press on bottom and sides of baking dish. Microwave on high 1 1/2 minutes rotating every 30 seconds.

In a large measuring bowl or microwave -safe bowl, microwave cream cheese at 50 percent power for 1 minute or until softened. Whisk in sugar, salt, milk, eggs and chocolate candy. Microwave on high for 5 to 6 minutes, whisking every 2 minutes to break up any of the cheese cake that starts to set. Pour over crust. Microwave on 50 percent power, rotating every 2 minutes, for 6 to 8 minutes or until it is set. Mixture will firm as it chills. Remove from microwave and cool for 30 to 45 minutes. Cover with sour cream. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Garnish with chocolate curls.

Tested by Jeanne Sarna.


Makes: About 24 pieces / Preparation time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

You will need a candy thermometer for this recipe. Pepitas are hulled pumpkin seeds. You can remove them from roasted pumpkin seeds or look for them at specialty or bulk food stores.

Butter and margarine for greasing paper

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup water

1/3 cup light corn syrup

2 tablespoons butter

1 cup pepitas or 1 1/4 cups dry roasted, salted peanuts

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease with butter or margarine.

In a heavy-bottom saucepan, combine the sugars, water and corn syrup. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved; then bring to a full boil.

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