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More an "Idea Book" instead of a Cookbook
on October 16, 2012
Don't be misled by the title, this isn't your traditional Cookbook. While it does have some unique ideas on how to decorate items for Halloween, you're required to buy specific Pillsbury pre-made Doughs, Box Cake Mixes, Bisquick, frostings, etc. Some recipes can get very pricey and you'll find your grocery list gets very long with the additional items on it.
I just bought this book. I reviewed it, page by page, and counted 40 Treat "recipes" that use pre-made dough or cake mixes. There are only ten treat recipes for items made from scratch, but they do use pre-made frostings, candies, etc. The remaining recipes use store-bought cookies, ice cream, and cakes. The drink and food recipes also call for store bought ingredients. For instance, the "Spiderweb Pot Pies" first two ingredients are Pillsbury Crescent refrigerated dough sheet and a 2 pound rotisserie chicken. If you need a recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, this book has it. You simply cut the sandwiches out like coffins and put "RIP" on the top with jelly.
I would really call this an "Idea Book." The photos are colorful, instructions are clear and easy to follow. I will keep my book because I do collect books with party ideas and these can be used for other holidays.