***Disclosure: Recipe from American Association of Orthodontics and reposted with permission***
With October 31 just around the corner, kids with braces will be tempted to chew on sticky candy that could tear off brackets and delay treatment. But parents- don’t fear! For those of you hosting Halloween parties for adolescents with braces, try out these recipes for orthodontist-approved treats!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup almond slices
- 1 tube red decorating gel
- 1 tube green food coloring
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Slowly beat in the flour, baking powder and salt. Add drops of green food coloring to dough until you achieve a nice deep green color.
- Divide the dough into four equal parts, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.. Take one quarter of the dough at a time from the refrigerator. Break off one heaping teaspoonful and roll it into a finger shape. Squeeze in around the middle of the finger to create a knuckle shape. Then, using a butter knife, make indents in several places to resemble a finger. Repeat with rest of dough.
- Place cookies on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes-let cool. Then, squeeze red decorating gel onto the tip of each finger and gently press an almond sliver on top so the gel oozes out from underneath.
- Remove cookies from baking sheets and let them cool on wire racks. Then serve and enjoy
Adapted from DKitchen.com Marlene C. Mcasias