The Chew cohost whips up a Halloween treat for grown-ups
PUMPKIN BOURBON SHAKE
Makes 2 servings
3 to 4 cups vanilla ice cream
½ cup canned pumpkin purée
3 oz. bourbon
¼ to ½ cup milk
3 tbsp. caramel sauce or dulce de leche
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
Dash of ground cloves
Garnish: whipped cream, caramel sauce, ground cinnamon
1. Combine ice cream and next 7 ingredients in an electric blender; mix until smooth. Adjust ice cream and milk to achieve desired consistency. Pour into 2 (16-oz.) glasses. Garnish with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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CHOCOLATE OATMEAL SANDWICH COOKIES WITH PUMPKIN BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
Makes 12 sandwich cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened and divided
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ cup semisweet chocolate morsels
1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
4 tbsp. canned pumpkin puree
Orange liquid food coloring
1. Beat ½ cup butter and next 2 ingredients at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add egg; beat until blended. Reduce speed to low; add milk and 1 tsp. vanilla.
2. Combine oats and next 4 ingredients in a bowl. Gradually beat into butter mixture just until blended. Stir in chocolate morsels. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350º. Drop dough evenly in 2-tbsp. mounds onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack; cool.
4. Beat remaining ½ cup butter and powdered sugar at medium-high speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add pumpkin; beat until blended. Add remaining 1 tsp. vanilla and orange coloring, as desired; beat well.
5. Arrange half of cookies upside down on a baking sheet. Spoon frosting over center of cookies. Top with remaining cookies; press gently to distribute frosting.
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POP CULTURE COSTUMES
'Musicians, celebrities and scandal-prone politicians are go-to choices every year,' says Zachary Garfinkel, the costume concierge at Ricky's NYC (rickyshalloween.com). Here are some of the trendy getups of 2013
Dress up as the feline Internet meme with this crafty mask. Unhappy grumpy cat felt mask, $9; etsy.com
A little camo and lots of hair turn you into Uncle Si from A&E's reality show. InCharacter Duck Dynasty Uncle Si costume, $29.99; amazon.com
Pay tribute to the AMC series by going as Walter White. Breaking Bad Toxic Suit, $48.99; halloween costumes.com
GAME OF THRONES
An outfit inspired by the Mother of Dragons, Khaleesi, from the HBO drama. Barbarian Warrior costume and wig, $39.99 and $24.99; spirithalloween.com
Re-create the singer's infamous VMA look. Twerkin' Teddy costume and Party Finger, $39.99 and $8.99; spirithalloween.com
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