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xx Monday, October 26, 1998

Scary but sweet 'pops' for Halloween

 Monster pops are frosted oatmeal and chocolate-morsel cookies on a stick, nice treats for a Halloween party.

 They are also fun to decorate, so ask your guests to create their own. White frosting can transform one pop into a ghost, while a little imagination and orange icing on another pop will conjure up a pumpkin's ghastly grin.
 
The Monster Pop is a cookie-on-a-stick that will put a scary but sweet face on a Halloween party table. It's made of a frosted oatmeal and chocolate-morsel cookie with candy decoration. (CP PHOTO)

 Monster Pops

 410 mL (1 2/3 cups) all-purpose flour
 5 mL (1 tsp) baking soda
 2 mL ( 1/2 tsp) salt
 250 mL (1 cup) butter or margarine, softened
 180 mL ( 3/4 cup) granulated sugar
 180 mL ( 3/4 cup) packed brown sugar
 10 mL (2 tsp) vanilla extract
 2 eggs
 500 mL (2 cups) semisweet chocolate morsels
 500 mL (2 cups) quick or old-fashioned oats
 250 mL (1 cup) raisins
 About 24 wooden craft sticks
 1 450 g (16 oz) container prepared vanilla frosting, colored as desired, or colored icing in tubes
 Little colored candies

 Heat oven to 160 C (325 F).

 Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels, oats and raisins. Drop dough by level 60 mL ( 1/4-cup) measure 7.5 cm (3 inches) apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Shape into round mounds. Insert wooden stick into side of each mound.

 Bake in 160 C (325 F) oven for 14 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

 Decorate pops using coloured frosting and candies. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.