Tuesday, October 14, 2008

VeganMoFo - Halloweegan Spookitty Heads

It sure seems like I'm obsessed with making balls. I'm always some type of dough between my hands and shaping it into a ball. Peanut butter balls, coconut balls, veggie balls, and now chocolate balls.

Ingredients for the ears, noses, and whiskers:
24 whole almonds
12 almond slices
a few raisins or dates (frozen)

1- Carefully cut each whole almond in half. Use a sharp non-serrated knife and a cutting board-it will save you time. And watch your fingers!
2- Cut the almond slices in half to make the little triangular-ish noses. Keep using your non-serrated knife.
3- Slice the raisins, and then cut each slice into thin strips. They are definitely less sticky and easier to cut if they are frozen. These will be your little whiskers, you will need 48 whiskers for 12 kitties.

Ingredients for the "heads":

1 1/2 cup graham cracker pieces
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp coconut milk OR 1 tbsp of other non-dairy milk*

1- Grind the graham cracker pieces in a food processor. Give it a few pulses until most of it looks like breadcrumbs, but leave a few bigger chunks in there. After they are ground, you will end up with about 1 1/4 cup of graham crumbs. Transfer them to a medium sized bowl.
2- Melt the chocolate with the coconut milk. I always melt my chocolate chips in the microwave: cook on high for 15 seconds, stir, cook 15 seconds more, stir again, cook 15 seconds more. Repeat until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
3- Stir the melted chocolate into the graham cracker crumbs and knead it until it feels like firm play-doh. The heat from your hand will make it smooth. If it's too dry and crumbly, add a bit more milk.
4- Take 12 chunks off the graham-chocolate dough and shape them into balls.

Time to attach the ears, noses, and whiskers!

1- Stick two whole almond tips on top of each "cat head" as the ears.
2- Stick 4 raisin strips on the front of each ball, 2 on the left and 2 on the right-these are your little whiskers. This is when those kitchen tweezers come in handy!
3- Stick an almond slice in between the two sets of whiskers as the noses. If the noses or whiskers aren't sticking to the face, use a little melted chocolate as glue to hold them in place.

For the kitty eyes:

3 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
4 or 5 melted chocolate chips

1- Mix the powdered sugar and the milk and stir to make a smooth icing.
2- Using a decorating tip, draw the white part of the eyes on each cat. If you don't have a decorating tip, you can use a mini Ziploc bag, or just draw the eyes on with a toothpick dipped in the icing. It helps to have the Spookitties facing up to keep the icing from running down their faces.
3- Dip a toothpick in the melted chocolate chips and draw vertical lines down the middle of the eyes.

This makes 12 kitties and they go fast!

*I don't like overly sweet things, but if you do, you can replace 1 tablespoon of milk with 1 tablespoon of agave or maple syrup.

And now, here's the cutest Spookitty of them all! This is our kitty friend that visits us every day. He lives in the neighborhood, but don't know exactly where because he's very mysterious. Doesn't he look terribly spooky here?

26 comments :

  1. And the award for most adorable halloween treat goes to...
    These are the cutest treat you've made so far and they sound so delicious!!!


    I think I'm going to make your veggie monsters tomorrow, I'll let you know how it goes =)

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  2. these spooky kittens are too cute to eat! but i would imagine they taste wonderful, like fudge! what do you do with all of your adorable halloween creations?

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  3. Hi River,

    These are adorable!

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  4. They look so great! I could never eat a kitty though, not even a chocolate one :o(

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  5. have I told you lately that I worship you?

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  6. cute, coconutty, chocolatey, what more could we ask for? They look soooo yummy :)

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  7. Aww, so cute. I guess I should have a halloween party this year.

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  8. Genius doesn't even describe how amazing you are! How do you come up with this stuff? I'm with Celine...you must be a goddess of some kind!

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  9. the cat eyes look perfect! And your neighborhood kitty is a great addition to the post.

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  10. Hi River
    You and I both have an obsession with balls!
    *giggles*
    These spookity cats are AWESOME!

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  11. MORE ADORABLENESS!!! :0)

    That black cat is so gorgeous.

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  12. your spookitties look sooo spooktacular! muahahahaha! yay! they're so cute and happyfaced! meow, meow! hooray!

    and your neighborhood kitty does look pretty spooky. i'm such a sucker for black kitties, too! they're my fav! we have 4 cats and none of them are black - makes me sadfaced sometimes, but it's all good! ahahahahaaa!

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  13. man, the tiny details are out of hand. they look great, i want a batch of these.

    xo
    kittee

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  14. Yum. Those sound like they taste as good as they look. What will you come up with next?

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  15. I love these! I have a black kitty (a considerably unspooky one, though), so black kitty halloweegan treats are good with me!

    I can't imagine how much time it took you to make all those ears and whiskers and eyes! Such dedication!

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  16. I like these Halloween goodies the best so far. The kitties look perfect - and they're chocolate!

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  17. I think these are my favorite I have seen of your Halloween goods, you can't ever go wrong with dates and chocolate and almonds! Plus these guys are totally super cute!

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  18. Every day you post something else that makes me go WOW! Those are so cute.

    by the way - I've tagged you - sorry! check out what I'm rambling on about here....

    http://alienontoast.blogspot.com/2008/10/vegan-mofo-leftover-lovelies.html

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  19. you dont know how excited i get reading all of your halloweegan recipes! haha i lovve halloween and I want to make tons of stuff for it..these are absolutely adorable though! :)

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  20. You are so awesome.
    Kudos to you for being so creative.

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  21. you are so incredibly talented. You want to be the photographer for my next e-cookbook? I'm jealous of your skills!!!

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  22. meow meow meow hisssss. those are so cute.

    your little visitor is really really cute.

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  23. HI! I followed a link here posted on Ronisweigh.com and I love your site! So glad I made it here!

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