Dig Up Some Dirt Cupcakes for Halloween with SheKnows.com

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Whether you celebrate Halloween as a scary and creepy holiday, or just think of it as a fun day to dress up and get treats, the SheKnows website (http://SheKnows.com/halloween) offers a treasure trove of treats -- including craft projects, Halloween recipes, costume tips for both kids and grown-ups and several ghoulish contests -- together with some tricks, such as super-cool pumpkin carving templates and ideas for throwing a fab-boo-lus Halloween party.

Here's a recipe from SheKnows.com Crafts & Scrapbooking columnist Allison Galland that's perfect for Halloween -- although you can enjoy this silly-but-tasty treat any time of year!

Dirt cupcakes

When the "dirt" is crumbled cookies, these fun cupcakes will make you the hit of the Halloween party. Sounds strange? Actually, turning something delicious into something slightly creepy is pretty fun. As a bonus, this dirty-decorative cupcake recipe is quick and easy.

To make a batch of dirt cupcakes of your very own, you'll need:

  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Oreo cookies (or other sandwich cookie/chocolate wafer cookie)
  • Gummy worms (and/or other gummy and candy bugs)

Here's what to do:

Prepare cupcakes according to package directions. Let cool.

In the meantime, crush the cookies until they have a "dirt-like" texture. (You can try putting the cookies into a gallon-sized plastic bag, and pushing out the extra air. Put them on the countertop or a cutting board and use a rolling pin to crush them.) Place the crumbs into a wide-mouthed bowl.

Frost cupcakes with chocolate frosting, then dip the freshly-frosted tops into the bowl of "dirt."

Finally, decorate each cupcake with a couple of gummy worms. (You might want to try poking the back of a spoon into the cupcake so you can push one of the worm partway into the "ground.")

"On the site, we have collected a so many Halloween recipes that people love -- like these Dirt Cupcakes, as well as Sugar Cookie Pumpkins and Quick Caramel Apples," says SheKnows.com managing editor Tina Tran. "But the all-time most popular Halloween recipe on our site is for the 'Kitty Litter Cake.' If you can get over how amazingly realistic it looks -- complete down to the slightly-melted Tootsie Roll decorations -- you will be surprised at how good it tastes."

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