Oatmeal Cheese Jack-O-Lantern Recipe

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Oatmeal Cheese Jack-O-Lantern

From Dorothy McNett's Recipe Book at www.dorothymcnett.com. Shape this wonderful mixture onto a baking sheet in any shape you wish and decorate with dried fruits and nuts for the perfect holiday theme. Chocolate chip eyes, fruit slices for eyebrows, dried mango for the mouth, cashews or pinenuts for the teeth, etc.....This can be served as an appetizer with wines, or as a dessert. I sprinkle it with dark powdered chocolate and serve it with port or other dessert wines.

2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup water

fresh ricotta cheese, mascarpone, or cream cheese
various dried fruits and nuts
dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In food processor with steel chopping blade in place, whirl the oatmeal, baking powder and salt to chop up the oatmeal a bit. In glass measuring cup heat the butter and water about 45 seconds in microwave and then drizzle into the mixture, blending until it becomes a nice soft smooth ball, perhaps adding a bit more water if necessary. On a silicone or parchment lined baking sheet, spread or roll the dough into your desired shape or shapes. (such as a pumpkin, a tree, a turkey, a heart...) You may need to sprinkle on a bit more oatmeal if the dough is sticky. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until done and lightly browned. Cool completely. Place cracker on a serving plate or wooden cutting board. Spread with the desired cheese, softening if needed to make a spreading consistency. Be creative and decorate with the dried fruits, nuts and chocolate chips as desired. Slice and serve!

Recipe created 2009-10-27.

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