*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                           HOT CROSS BLACK WIDOWS
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 Serving Size  : 12   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Kids                             Misc
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         To make muffins:
    1       tb           Butter or margarine
    1                    Egg
      1/4   c            Vegetable oil
    1       c            Milk
    2       c            All-purpose flour
    3       ts           Baking powder
    1       t            Salt
      1/4   c            Sugar
                         To make frosting:
    4       oz           Cream cheese -- softened
    3       tb           Unsalted butter -- at room
    1 1/2   c            Powdered sugar
      1/2   ts           Vanilla extract
                         Juice of 1/4 lemon
                         --or 1 teaspoon bottled lemo
                         Red food coloring
                         Yellow food coloring
                         Green food coloring
                         Blue food coloring
                         Black licorice strings
   Recipe by: Creepy Cuisine, Lucy Munroe
        Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Grease the
   bottoms, but not the sides, of 12 medium-sized muffin
   cups with the butter or margarine. Beat the egg in a
   large bowl with a fork. Stir in the vegetable oil and
   milk. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar
   in a small mixing bowl and stir together.  Add to the
   egg mixture. Stir lightly until the dry ingredients
   are barely moistened. The batter should be lumpy. Fill
   the muffin cups 3/4 full of batter. Bake for 20 to 30
   minutes, or until the muffins turn golden brown.
   Carefully remove from the oven, turn out of the pan
   and set on a rack to cool. To prepare frosting, mix
   cream cheese and butter together with an electric
   mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar and continue beating.
   Add vanilla extract and lemon juice, and mix
   thoroughly. Put a small portion of frosting in a
   separate bowl and mix into it a few drops of red food
   coloring. Set aside. Color the remaining frosting,
   drop by drop, with red, yellow, green and blue food
   coloring until it is black. With a rubber spatula,
   spread the black frosting on top of each muffin. Then
   add a small red Black Widow hourglass to each one. Add
   legs to your spiders using licorice whip strings.  You
   may need to cut the licorice into shorter pieces.
   Place arachnids on a platter and serve. You may want
   to decorate the platter with fake spiderwebs.
   Penny Halsey (ATBN65B).
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