Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween at the White House

Trick and Treating at the White House will be a special memory for these children. 

Last night, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome area students and the children of military families to the White House for trick-or-treating. 
The President and First Lady handed out cookies, White House M&M's and dried fruit mix to trick-or-treaters with the presidential seal at the North Portico of the White House.
The White House and the surrounding grounds are decorated in celebration of Halloween. As the trick-or-treaters made their way across the North Lawn to the North Portico they were entertained by the Marine Band playing Halloween music and spooked by in-costume actors from Washington-area theatres, brought together by theatreWashington.
The White House provided the following Halloween recipes.
The White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookie Recipe
1 lb Sugar                           1 tsp Vanilla

2 lbs Butter                         1 tsp Salt

3 Eggs                                 3 lbs All Purpose Flour   

Mix the butter and sugar till soft and well beaten. Then add eggs, vanilla, salt and half the flour. Beat on slow speed till mixed, then add the rest of the flour and mix until incorporated.
Push flat onto a cookie sheet and refrigerate overnight. Roll out to one quarter inch thick and cut out cookie shapes with cookie cutter.
Bake at 350F for 14 minutes and then allow to cool. 
Make Your Own Dried Fruit Mix
Dried Apples                                           Dried Pineapple

Dried Apricots                                        Dried Papayas

Dried Pears                                             Dried Cherries

Dried Blueberries                                    Banana Chips
Combine ingredients and serve.

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