Joy the Baker

Blood and Bones

October 19, 2008

I come to you with these pictures and recipes not knowing whether this combination of treats is awesome or terrifying.  Blood and Bones.

Before we get down to the treats, can I share something with you?  I’m not a big fan of Halloween.  Honestly,  it scares me a bit.  The whole night seems unpredictable and slightly unstable to me, even as an adult.  It’s the costumes.  See, there are two categories of Halloween costumes that just chill me to the bone.

One one hand, there are the girls that use Halloween as an excuse to wear as little clothes as possible.  Are you one of these girls?  Are you dressing up as a ‘sexy boy scout’ this Halloween?  What on earth is a sexy boy scout??  I’m scared.  I also don’t like the medical and other uniformed professions you make sexy for Halloween.  I don’t agree, and frankly, I’m frightened.

There’s also the teenage boys that dress up as murderers with bloody plastic knives and masks.  Teenage boys dressed as murders in the darkness of a Halloween night?  Is it just me being old, or do these kids seem totally out of control?  They seem waaaay too old to be dressing up and run the neighborhood with a pillow case scooping up candy from everyone they can.  Not ok.  Just not ok.

Wow!   Halloween makes me sound like a grumpy old lady.

To celebrate my inner old lady and to embrace any hidden desires to be a hussy for Halloween, I’m going to be Blanche from the Golden Girls.  It’s going to be a perfectly ridiculous Halloween getup.

What are you going to be for Halloween?

With all that costume talk out of the way, we need to talk Halloween treats.  For the holiday I made Martha Stewart inspired bone shaped meringues and deep red hot chocolate.  Blood and bones!

The meringues are perfectly light-  like eating lightly crisped clouds.  The hot chocolate, while mildly disturbing, if beautifully warm and smooth drinkable chocolate.  Nothing beats it.

Sweet Bones

Martha Stewart

Print this Recipe!

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Put egg whites and sugar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water; whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved and mixture feels warm to the touch, about 5 minutes.
  2. Return bowl to mixer, and fit mixer with the whisk attachment.Beat on high speed until very stiff peaks form, about 8 minutes.
  3. Transfer meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain round tip, such as a Wilton #1A. Pipe bone shapes, each 5 to 6 inches long, onto two baking sheets lined with parchment paper.  Pipe by making one long (not as curvy) S shape, followed by another mirrored S shape atop the first.  The pictures below should help. Bake until crisp throughout, about 1 hour. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

Blood Red Hot Chocolate
Martha Stewart
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red gel-paste food coloring
Bring milk and sugar to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 7 minutes. Pour over chocolate, and let stand. When chocolate begins to melt, stir until combined. Whisk in food coloring. Serve immediately with marshmallow bones.

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  • How cute and creepy all at the same time! I’m not a fan of Halloween freaky costumes either – which is why I’m going just about as harmless as you, as Minnie Mouse! :)

  • This is too funny! Great idea Joy!

  • Cute bones, Joy. But even better than the bones is our apparent mutual love of the Golden Girls. I was Rose last year for halloween. I had my heart set on Dorthy so that I could imitate her deep voice, but the others laid Rose on me because I’m Minnesotan. You’ll have to post a photo of your costume!

  • yummy! i love halloween, nothing makes me happier than handing out handfuls (yes, handfuls i am enthusiastic) of candy to little door knockers. and i don’t hand out the crappy candy, only the good stuff. yet, surprisingly i do not dress up, most of the time i wear animal ears or a bird beak and leave it at that. maybe an apron this year and i’ll be a baker. i love the golden girls idea…especially since the theme song will run through my head for the rest of the day.

  • What a fun treat for Halloween!

  • “Slutty boy scout” is probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard! I bet you someone, somewhere, has done that costume before. Love the “blood and bones.” What a perfect Halloween treat!

  • I go back and forth on the whole Halloween thing. I scare easily but I love to bake/cook Halloween inspired things (like your blood and bones). You know Halloween is an excuse for your inner slut to come out right? Maybe if I had the body I would too? HAHA. But I don’t so I am not sure what I am going to be at our Halloween party this year. Every year the costumes get sluttier and you really don’t wanna see my cupcake arse in a slutty nurse outfit. Trust me.

  • If I see a sexy boy scout come to my door, I might wet my pants. I’m with you; I can channel my grumpy old lady with the best of them. Halloween is creepy. Make no bones (HA) about it. And not gonna lie – I have no idea what that saying actually means. Anyway, I was going to make treats for the kids instead of buying a bag of Twizzlers or whatever, but my husband thinks I might come across as the cheap creepy old (even though I’m 26) lady who pawns off old groceries to unsuspecting children just wanting a sugar jolt. Sad.

  • I love the blood and bones! That’s terrific! I’m not a fan of Halloween either. Apparently in a small town a lot of adults go trick or treating too. Like 30 somethings. It’s very frightening.

    I plan to graciously hand out candy dressed as a Midwestern Housewife. :)

  • I will be running as Richard Simmons in the 5k Boo Bash Dash. I’ll just copy ‘n paste what it benefits since I can’t attempt to spell it.

    This race benefits the AT Children’s Project. You can learn more about AT at

  • You’re not the only “grumpy old lady” about Halloween. To avoid most of the weirdness – we had out candy only in the early evening and then we take the kiddos to houses of friends we know as early as we can. All is done before 7:30 – earlier if we possibly can. Doesn’t stave of all the wierdness, but a fair share so far.

    I’ll have to share the bones recipe. I have a friend who’ll be “batty” about them.

  • Great! We don´t celebrate halloween here in Portugal, but I think it´s a pitty…I have kids and they want to dress up, and all that stuff…lovely bones…

  • I love the blood and bones! We don’t celebrate Halloween here in Norway (or well, my generation doesn’t – the current generation of kids and their parents do, but I don’t have kids yet), but my brother’s birthday is on Halloween, so I will venture to make this as a Halloweeny birthday treat. :)

  • Ha this looks great. They really look like blood and bones. A nice Halloween idea. i DON T LIKE hALLOWEN EITHER jUST THE TEREATS :)

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