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Orange Jack-O-Lanterns


Top to bottom: Trick-or-Treat Punch, Orange Jack-o'-Lanterns

Top to bottom: Trick-or-Treat Punch, Orange Jack-o'-Lanterns

Yield

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

6 oranges
1 package (5 ounces) cook-and-serve chocolate pudding mix
2-1/4 cups milk
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
4 ounces cream cheese, softened and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
Green Cream Cheese Frosting
Green Slivered Almonds
Pastry bag with leaf tip

Preparation

  1. Cut tops from oranges; discard. Scoop out fruit and membranes; reserve for another use or discard. With sharp knife, cut out jack-o'-lantern faces in sides of oranges.
  2. Combine pudding mix and milk in medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until pudding comes to a boil. Remove saucepan from heat. Add chocolate chips, cream cheese and extract; stir until chips and cream cheese are melted. Cool.
  3. Spoon pudding mixture into oranges. Cover lightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to serve, spoon Green Cream Cheese Frosting into pastry bag fitted with leaf tip; pipe onto pudding for pumpkin leaves as shown in photo. Add almonds for stems.

Green Slivered Almonds

Place 6 slivered almonds in small resealable plastic food storage bag. Add 1/8 teaspoon green food coloring; seal bag. Shake bag until almonds are evenly colored. Place almonds on paper-towel-lined plate; let dry.

Variation

Prepare oranges as directed except do not cut out jack-o'-lantern faces. Instead, use black markers to draw faces on oranges. Prepare filling and continue as directed.

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