Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice/Spiced Nuts Recipes by Taste of Home©

For a delicious spice to add to pumpkin pie, try this spice blend. The blend can also be added to spiced nut blends.—Mary Dixon, Catlin, Illinois

Makes 30 Servings

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: Approximately  2-1/2 tablespoons.


  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg





  1. Mix all ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 6 months.
  2. Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice may be used as a substitute for store-bought pumpkin pie spice or to prepare the following recipe: Spiced Nuts.


Originally published as Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice in Country Woman November/December 1995



Spiced Nuts

Yield: 6 cups


  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) salted mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Homemade Pumpkin Spice (recipe above)



  1. In a small bowl, beat egg white until frothy. Add water; beat until soft peaks form. Stir in nuts; toss to coat. Combine sugar and spice; stir into nut mixture. Spread nuts evenly on a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.
  2. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool on waxed paper.

Originally published as Spiced Nuts in Country Woman November/December 1995, p21





Ogre and Pumpkin Sliders

Ogre and Pumpkin Sliders

Photo by Taste of Home©

Yield: 5 Servings, approximately 10 Sandwiches


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 5 teaspoons prepared pesto
  • 3 miniature fresh mozzarella cheese balls, halved
  • 3 pimiento-stuffed olives, halved widthwise
  • 5 slices process American cheese
  • 10 hamburger buns, split



  1. In a large bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs and salt. Crumble turkey over mixture; mix well. Shape into ten 2-1/2-in. patties. Grill, broil or pan-fry for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  2. Drop 1 teaspoon pesto onto five burgers; top each with a mozzarella ball half and an olive half.
  3. Cut eyes, nose and mouth from each cheese slice to create a jack-o’-lantern. Place cheese on five burgers; cook until cheese is slightly melted, about 30 seconds. Serve burgers on buns.
Originally published as Ogre and Pumpkin Sliders in Halloween Party Favorites 2009 2009, p13

Kraft™ Skeleton and Brain Dip

Make no bones about it, this appetizer idea from Kraft™ is a healthy option for your Halloween party.

Yield: 8 Servings

Kraft "Skeleton" and "Brain" Dip

Serve a delicious alternative to all the sweets at your Halloween party.


  • 1/2 leaf lettuce leaf
  • 1 cup KRAFT Lite Ranch Dressing (or make your own: Click here for the recipe.)
  • 4 cups assorted cut-up fresh vegetables (red and yellow bell pepper strips, cucumber slices, snow peas, mushroom slices, celery sticks, carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets)      


  1. Line half of small bowl with lettuce for the skeleton’s hair; fill with dressing. Place at one end of large tray or baking sheet for the skeleton’s head.
  2. Arrange vegetables on tray to resemble skeleton’s body.


National Macadamia Nuts Day – Sept. 4

Here are today’s five thing to know about Macadamia: Macadamia nuts are native to Australia. They are named for John Macadam, a Scottish born physician and chemist who promoted the nuts cultivation in Australia. The Macadamia Nut is one of Australia’s few contributions to the world’s food plants, and this rich, buttery nut is considered […]

via September 4th is National Macadamia Nut Day! — Foodimentary – National Food Holidays

Dolley Madison’s Cheese Straws

The following recipe is credited to First Lady Dolley Madison.

First Lady Dolley Madison

First Lady Dolley Madison

Dolley Payne Todd Madison (May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849) was the wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809 to 1817.

According to Wikipedia, she was noted for her social gifts, which boosted her husband’s popularity as President. In this way, she did much to define the role of the President’s spouse, known only much later by the title First Lady – a function she had sometimes performed earlier for the widowed Thomas Jefferson.

Dolley Madison also helped to furnish the newly constructed White House. When the British set fire to it in 1814, she was credited with saving the classic portrait of George Washington.

In widowhood, she often lived in poverty, partially relieved by the sale of her late husband’s papers.”


  • 4 c. sharp Cheddar cheese, finely grated, room temperature
  • 1 c. butter, room temperature
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper

Directions: In a bowl, cream cheese and butter together. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly to form dough.

Roll out dough on a floured board to 1/4″ thickness.  Using a sharp knife, cut into strips about 1/2″ x 4″ wide.  Place strips on an un-greased baking sheet.

Bake 400°F for 8 minutes until golden brown.

Yield: 6 dozen

Calories:  70 calories per serving

Source: Famous White House Recipes, The American Collection Cookbooks, Volume 1

Blue Cheese Bacon Deviled Eggs

“Mayonnaise and mustard add an irresistible flavor to these classic deviled eggs topped with bacon – perfect appetizers.” – Betty Crocker

Yield: 12 Servings


  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (1 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions (1 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 slices bacon, crisply cooked, crumbled



  1. In 4-quart saucepan or Dutch oven, place eggs in single layer. Add enough water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Heat to boiling. Immediately remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Place eggs in bowl of ice water; let stand 10 minutes.
  2. To peel, gently tap each egg on countertop until entire shell is finely crackled. Roll gently between hands to loosen shell. Starting at large end, peel egg under cold running water.
  3. Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Slip yolks out into medium bowl; mash with fork. Stir mayonnaise, cheese, onions, mustard, pepper and salt into yolks.
  4. Spoon or pipe yolk mixture into egg white halves. Sprinkle with bacon. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Information:

Serving Size: 1 Serving Calories80 Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 1 1/2g Sodium115mg Total Carbohydrate 0g Dietary Fiber 0g Protein 4g % Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 0% Exchanges:1 Fat; Carbohydrate Choice 0 *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Deviled Egg Chicks

Recipe by Better Homes & Gardens™

Yield: 12 Servings

  • hard-cooked eggs*
  • 1/4cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • teaspoon prepared mustard
  • teaspoon vinegar
  • Capers, carrots pieces and fresh herbs


  1. Halve hard-cooked eggs crosswise and remove yolks. Set whites aside. Place yolks in a small bowl; mash with a fork. Add mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar; mix well. If desired, season with salt and black pepper. Place yolk mixture into a resealable plastic bag and close bag while removing excess air. Snip off a small corner of the bag and pipe the filling into the bottom half of the egg white. Place other half of egg on top to form the “chick”. Add capers for eyes and pieces of carrots for the beak. Add fresh herbs, as desired.
  2. Cover and chill until serving time (up to 24 hours).

From the Better Homes and Gardens™ Test Kitchen


To hard-cook the eggs, place 6 large eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan (do not stack eggs). Add enough cold water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Bring to a rapid boil over high heat (water will have large rapidly breaking bubbles). Remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Drain. Run cold water over the eggs or place them in ice water until cool enough to handle; drain. To peel eggs, gently tap each egg on the countertop. Roll the egg between the palms of your hands. Peel off the eggshell, starting at the large end.


Nutrition Facts (Deviled Egg Chicks)

Per serving: 72 kcal cal., 6 g fat,(1 g sat. fat, 109 mg chol., 62 mg sodium, 0 g carb., 0 g fiber,3 g pro., Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet