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Halloween Sweet Potato Faces

Happy Halloween! Are any of you dressing up today or did you over the weekend? My friends at work and I are doing a 3-person group costume that was easy to put together. I didn’t do any DIY like last year or the year before because we didn’t really have the time or energy to do that. So this year we ordered shirts instead of making them. We’re going to be Pokemon Trainers – we got different color t-shirts, will wear jeans, black shoes, backpacks, and our hair tied up in ponytails. We all tried to find black baseball caps and had no luck! I will post a picture tomorrow as part of my October Favorites.

Now onto today’s post. I had intended to post a DIY post today, but didn’t have the energy this past weekend nor did I feel in the crafty mood (at least craft wise in terms of scissors, tracing, etc.) so I decided to be creative with food. After browsing through Pinterest for ages on Friday, I finally found a Halloween themed food craft that I felt like making and that wasn’t a dessert. When it comes to Halloween, I’m more the kind of person who likes fun things, not the gory, bloody stuff. The scary, bloody stuff for costumes and for foods is definitely not for me. So, no I didn’t want to make dessert eyeballs or witches fingers or other gross things. I decided to make Jack-o-Lantern faces in sweet potato rounds!

I got the idea from this site via Pinterest but changed it up. I started with a large sweet potato and peeled the skin. The recipe says it’s optional to peel the skin, but I never eat sweet potato skin, so I peeled it.

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Then, I cut the sweet potato into 1/4 inch rounds. This part was really hard. Who knew sweet potatoes were so hard!

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Now came the creative part. I used a paring knife to make a pumpkin type face. It sorta looks like an emoji as well, but since it’s Halloween let’s go with pumpkin.

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After cutting out all the faces, I drizzled olive oil over all of them and sprinkled cinnamon on them. This is where I really departed from the original recipe. The original recipe calls for salt, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice. I just went with cinnamon to keep it simple and it worked out great.

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I put them in the oven at 400 degrees and took the thinner/smaller ones out after about 15 minutes and left the bigger/thicker ones in for another few minutes.

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They came out so festive looking and tasted delicious. I was happy with my choice of using just oil and cinnamon because the sweet potatoes are sweet already and the cinnamon just enhances the taste and gives it a fall flavor. Let me know if you give it a try!

Have a happy Halloween!

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