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(slightly adapted from Lori Fillmore)
(she took 2nd place with these in a 2010 Nestle Spooktacular Contest)

24 chocolate chip cookies, mine are about 4 inches diameter
one can of red frosting (I used Betty Crocker decorating cake icing)
1 batch of peanut butter pretzel truffle filling (recipe follows)
a bag of mini marshmallows
slivered almonds
chocolate sprinkles (optional)

Make the dentures:
        On a flat tray, lay out all 24 cookies with the flat sides facing up. Pipe an 1/2“ wide line of red frosting about one third of the way around each cookie. I piped about a 4 inch line.
        Press 6 mini marshmallows into the red frosting close to the edges on 12 of them. And, with a 2” ice cream scoop, place a level scoop in the center of the 12 cookies. (Alternatively, you can spoon out about ¼ cup filling into the center.)
        Line up the red icing on the unfilled cookies on top of the marshmallows and filling. Gently press down to flatten the filling and connect the marshmallows to the top cookie. Dip the tip of the slivered almonds into the red icing and press one on each side of the two front teeth. If you like, you can carefully coat the unfrosted edges with chocolate sprinkles. If time allows, let them sit out for a few hours to allow the frosting to harden.

Makes 12 Scary Dentures.      YUM!

Janice’s Pretzel Peanut Butter Truffle Filling:
1 stick (8 Tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 16 0z. jar peanut butter (I like Smucker’s natural creamy)
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Make the filling:
        In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter. Over low heat, stir in the peanut butter until smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the confectioners’ sugar and salt. Stir in the vanilla and let cool to room temperature. Makes enough to fill 12 sandwich cookies.

LESSONS Learned:
1. You can use any cookies you like, homemade or store bought. And any size as well. The cookies I used are chocolate chips about 4 inches in diameter.
2. The filling is up to you as well, frosting, even ice cream. I’ve included my pretzel peanut butter truffle filling below.
3. If you don’t want to make your own red frosting for Dracula’s scary mouth-which I didn’t, I just bought some Betty Crocker frosting in an aerosol can and squirted it around the edges.