“…the White House seems to stand upon a hill, gleaming like a Jack-o’-Lantern…” - Oliver T. Morton, The Atlantic Monthly, 1884
On Halloween, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed local students and the children of military families to the White House for the annual Halloween celebration and trick-or-treating.
The White House was lit in orange for the occasion and more than 185 pumpkins carved by volunteers decorated the South Lawn. Bo and Sunny topiaries were dressed up for the holiday – pipecleaner “Bo” as a pirate, and ribbon “Sunny” as a sunflower. The Black Bear Combo brass band from Chicago played Halloween music in the background as the President and First Lady handed out jelly beans, a White House sweet dough butter cookie, White House M&M's and dried fruit.
Check out recipes for some of the White House Halloween treats below:
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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