by Sarah Pohlman
Monster feet look spooky and gross but taste so good. Around the holidays a lot of people like to do crafts and little goodies to give away to their friends or to take to parties. I am one of those people and I love to make desserts related to holidays and seasons. When it comes to be time for Halloween and Thanksgiving or even just fall, I come up with and see so many things that I could make. One of my favorite things to make around Halloween is monster feet. Monster feet sound so gross and it kind of makes your mind wander and wonder what the heck I’m talking about. What you need for monster feet is Nutter Butters, white chocolate, green food coloring, cashews, a dipping fork, Silpats or wax paper, trays, and bags to package them in. Monster feet are Nutter Butter cookies dipped in green chocolate with cashews as long toenails. Okay, so in order to make your monster feet you need to prepare everything. First, split the cashews apart so they are cashew halves. Then, set up your trays with either wax paper or Silpats. You can either get a plastic fork and break out the two middle tongs or get a dipping fork or spiral dipper. Once you have all ingredients, you will need to get your pound or so of white chocolate. You will also need to melt about a cup of Crisco (if you bought solid Crisco). Put your chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and melt it for about a minute (no more than a minute though). More than a minute at a time burns the chocolate and you will have to start over. Once it goes off you need to take the chocolate out of the microwave and stir it very well, you can put it back in for thirty seconds at a time (no more than thirty seconds at a time now). You need to stir the chocolate and continue melting it for thirty seconds at a time until all the lumps are out and it is completely smooth. After the chocolate is totally melted, add just a little bit of your melted Crisco. Adding the Crisco helps keep the chocolate smooth when you are using it for dipping; if it’s too thick, then that makes it too hard to cover your cookie completely and difficult to get the cookie out of your chocolate. Now that your chocolate is smooth and thin, add green food coloring to it. It really doesn’t matter how much food coloring you add or what shade of green it is; the color is all up to you and your preferences.
After adding the food coloring to your melted chocolate, start dipping your cookies. You can do one cookie at a time or you can do multiple cookies; once again it’s kind of whatever your preference is. Once you drop your cookie into the chocolate you will need to use your dipping fork to swirl it around or turn it around in the chocolate to make sure that the entire cookie is covered. When your entire cookie is covered, remove the cookie from the chocolate. To do so, stick your dipping fork under the cookie and lift it out of the bowl. Before you set the cookie on the tray, you need to tap the fork on the edge of the bowl to get the excess chocolate off of the cookie so that your cookie will look nicer when it dries instead of being glopped with tons of chocolate. While the chocolate is still wet, add the cashews as toe nails. The cashews will hang off of the cookie so it looks like toe nails. If you really want to you could also add sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet, but I think that would take away the spooky part of the dessert. Once you have the cashews on, repeat the steps until you have made enough for your event. Just leave them on the tray to get them to dry. To dry them faster, place them in the fridge or freezer for about three to seven minutes.
Now that the monster feet have hardened up, carefully peel them off the tray one at a time. If you peel them off too fast you could mess up the toe nails or mess up the chocolate.
You can present them in many different ways depending on what you have made them for. If you have made them for a party, then you might want to get a cute Halloween tray and arrange them on it. You could also add other spooky desserts with them; a bone or a ghost. If you’re making them to hand out at school or work etc., then you should package them separately. I like to get the clear cello bags that can fit one or two cookies in them and the clear bags show off all of your hard work.
To add to the bags, I like to notify people that the treats contain nuts or peanuts by making a cute sticker that says “Happy Halloween. Notice: Theses treats DO contain cashews and peanuts, they are made out of Nutter Butter cookies and white chocolate.” No matter who you are giving these treats to you must notify them some way that they contain peanuts. Even though it’s obvious because you can see the cashew, the actual cookie is covered by chocolate so they may not expect it when they bite into the peanut butter cookie. You should also include that it is white chocolate because some people are allergic to chocolate as well.
Not only are they fun to make, but they are easy and fun to give away. These are a cheap and easy treat that you can make for friends, co-workers, or teachers. If you have children they could even help you make them, and it’s really fun for them, too. If you use your imagination who knows what delicious, spooky sweets you could come up with.