How-to's

Making Strawberry Spiders

To make two dozen, round up 96 pretzel sticks; 12 fresh strawberries; 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted; and 48 miniature semisweet chips.

For each spider, set four pretzels parallel. Remove…

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Making Strudel

Cover a smooth dry work surface with a piece of plastic wrap that is larger than the phyllo sheets. Place first sheet of phyllo on the plastic wrap. Working quickly, layer the phyllo sheets over…

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Making Stuffed Potatoes

Cut a lengthwise slice from the top of each potato. With a spoon, scoop potato pulp from the slice and the inside of the potato, leaving a 1/4-in. shell. Discard skin from slice. Mash the pulp and…

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Making Sugared Fruit

Working with one piece of fruit at a time, lightly brush gelatin mixture over entire surface with a pastry brush. Place on a wire rack over waxed paper.

With a spoon, sprinkle superfine…

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Making Swirls with Refrigerator Cookie Dough

Spread filling over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Carefully roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side.

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Making Tabletop Trees

Wrap each cone with parchment paper, using straight pins to secure.

Wrap jute string and raffia around cone in a spiral pattern until desired look is achieved. Let dry.

With a table…

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Making Tart Crust

Place dough on a piece of waxed paper. Lightly flour the dough, and roll it into a circle.

Carefully invert the dough into a prepared tart pan, and gently peel off the waxed paper.

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Making Teddy Bear Paws

With a kitchen scissors, cut each piece two times from pinched seam to about 1 in. from folded side. Push an almond sliver into the end of each section for bear claws.

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Making the Container

Using a small spatula, spread a thin, even coat of the remaining chocolate around the sides of pan. Chill for 5 minutes. Repeat until there is no more chocolate remaining.

Carefully remove…

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Making the Harvest Centerpiece

Place candles of different shapes and heights into selected compartments of a divided container.

Fill compartments with assorted natural materials.

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