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Stirring up Halloween cookies and memories
Mixing candy corn and peanuts perfect holiday treat
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Ingredients for candy corn and peanut cookies includes sugar, butter, milk, peanut butter, vanilla, oatmeal, candy corn, roast peanuts and white chocolate chips. - photo by J.K. Devine

Candy corn and peanut cookies

2 cups sugar

1 stick butter

1/2 cup milk

1 cup peanut butter

1 tablespoon vanilla

3 cups oatmeal, quick cooking

1 cup candy corn

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup white chocolate chips

Step 1: In a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, bring sugar, butter and milk to a boil. Boil for 1 minute, then turn heat to low.

Step 2: Stir in peanut butter until smooth; add vanilla and oatmeal.

Step 3: Remove from heat and let cool for about 10 minutes.

Step 4: Stir in candy corn, peanuts and chocolate chips.

Step 5: Drop by tablespoons on to wax paper to finish cooling.

Step 6: After cooling, store in an airtight container.

As Halloween festivities are upon us, what is your favorite memory?

I’ll share a few. When my children were young, it was great fun to plan their costumes each year. As babies, I dressed them as pumpkins, lions and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. As you might guess, as soon as they were old enough, they were choosing their own costumes.

One year I remember our son, who was about 8 years old at the time, had quite the infatuation with Elvis. Garrett has always loved music and at this point, thought Elvis was the King. Oh wait, he was. I ordered him an Elvis costume which was a gold lamé jumpsuit.

Why in the world it was gold lamé, I’m not sure as I’ve never seen Elvis caught on camera in such a getup. But that’s OK because Garrett thought it was awesome.

We put black hair color in his blond hair and plastered on some fake sideburns.

To complete the look, he had a little guitar and black cowboy boots. Yes, he was rocking it. He wore that costume until it was in shreds. I’m pretty sure he’ll tell you that was his favorite Halloween costume ever.

Emily was every girlie-girl princess imaginable. But one year she decided she wanted to be a scarecrow, which surprisingly was one of the most creative and cutest of her costumes. She wore overalls with straw sticking out everywhere. We painted her face with a big scarecrow smile, added a flannel shirt and straw hat and she was the cutest scarecrow ever.  

This may be my favorite Halloween memory of all time. One Halloween we were getting ready for the festivities of the night and our doorbell rang. We went to the door to find a “ghost,” covered head to toe in a white sheet. This ghost held out its trick-or-treat basket but didn’t say a word. We kept asking the mystery guest questions to which we got no answers. It seemed this ghost had appeared out of nowhere.

Finally, our ghost left and continued walking down the street. It was many weeks later we found out our guest ghost was none other than my very own mother. Daddy had dropped her off and parked down the street just so she could trick-or-treat at our house!

OK, we might be a strange bunch.

Halloween is different things for different folks. I’m not a fan of scary, but I am a fan of fun. I’m also a fan of creativity and nothing can bring that out more than Halloween. I’ll admit more Halloweens than not you’ll find me greeting guests at our door dressed in a costume. Sometimes I’m Snow White, sometimes I’m a sock-hop sweetie from the 1950s or sometimes, my personal favorite, Mary Poppins.

However you choose to celebrate, be safe, have fun and eat some good food.

At our house when the first sign of fall appears, I start mixing candy corn with peanuts. This recipe takes that treat to the next level and requires no baking. It’s pretty much Halloween cookie perfection. Enjoy!

Crevolyn Wiley is a Gainesville resident with her first published cookbook “Cooking with Crevolyn” available at J&J Foods. She can be contacted at crevolyn.wiley@jandjfoods.com.

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