Cherry Vampire Bites

Cherry Vampire Bites

There’s something you should know about my mom. She’s absolutely gaga for Halloween! So am I for that matter. Which is largely due to being exposed to my mother’s battiness for Halloween growing up. Every year my family hosts a crazy party and haunted house. My mother attends with bells on (this could be literally some years!). She dresses like a nut, and always brings homemade treats.

These Vampire Bites are one of my mom’s creations from a few years ago. They are little pillows of cherry goodness! They’re almost like a doughnut and a fried pie had little Halloween babies! These Cherry Vampire Bites make even the biggest Halloween scrooges smile.

Happy Halloween!

Cherry Vampire Bites Recipe

Ingredients

Bites

  • 1 tube canned biscuits
  • flour
  • canola oil
  • 1 can cherry pie filling (21oz)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Directions

Step 1
This is everything you should need for today's Halloween fun!
Step 2
Dump the pie filling into a bowl, then add the extract and sugar. The cherries can be a bit tart, so the sugar will help add some needed sweetness. The almond extract is a classic pairing for cherries, so it just helps give the canned filling a more homemade flavor.
Step 3
Now give it a good stir, and tell folks you made it from scratch.
I won't tell if you won't.
Step 4
Prepare your area for rolling out your biscuits by covering a rolling mat (or a very clean counter) with lots of flour. Also flour your rolling pin and biscuit cutter. We forgot our biscuit cutters today, so we improvised with a wine glass. If you're a well equipped baker, it would be a 3 inch cutter for this size Bite.
Step 5
Pop your can of biscuits, and try not to squeal!
Now plunk down a biscuit onto the floured surface, and sprinkle with a touch more flour.
Step 6
Roll out your biscuit thin enough to cut three 3 inch circles.
Step 7
This was our first one, so we didn't roll it out quite big enough.
What can I say? We were excited.
Step 8
This is more like it.
Step 9
Everyone gets a cherry and some "blood". You'll be tempted to put in too much at first, but trust me... stick to just one cherry for this size Bite.
It may seem a bit tedious, but just remember how cute and tasty they're gonna be!
Step 10
Now fold over the circle of dough to form a cherry-stuffed crescent shape. Press along the edge to begin the seal; expect a little blood oozeage.
Step 11
The second phase in the sealing process is to press along the edge with a fork.
Step 12
To finish off your seal, and get rid of the oozeage, press a small plate at one end of your crimped edge. Press down and roll all the way along the edge, sealing it up nice and tight as you go.
Step 13
Now for the bite! Get some grilling tongs, and pierce into the Bites. It helps release steam while they fry, plus it shows 'em who's boss.
Step 14
Look at this plateful of cuties.
Step 15
Heat about an inch of canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Step 16
Once the oil is nice and hot, add in the first round of Bites. Don't overcrowd them, or they'll stick together and steam while they're frying.
Step 17
Depending on how hot the oil has gotten, the Bites will take 1-3 minutes per side. Once they've become nice and golden, flip them for the last couple minutes on the other side. The first round will probably take longer than the later rounds.
*Do Not Step Away From The Bites!*
Step 18
As they finish place them on a cooling rack that has been set over a baking sheet. The pan does a great job of catching the grease, while the rack allows them to cool and drain.
Some of them may already be getting oozy!
Step 19
These are cute with just a dusting of powdered sugar and some added "blood".
Step 20
Or... if you like the idea of a more doughnutty Bite, you can make a quick glaze.
Add the powdered sugar and milk to a small bowl.
Step 21
Whisk it together until it's nice and smooth.
Step 22
Take a Bite and dunk one side into the glaze.
Step 23
Set the Bite glaze-side up on a plate; lick your fingers, and wait for the glaze to set up a bit.
Step 24
Once the glaze isn't so wet, dip your fork into the extra cherry filling. Stab them all just a bit more to really get the "blood" flowing!
Step 25
You will definitely have plenty of the cherry filling leftover. I store it in the fridge for up to a week, and try to use it with any number of other tasty treats.
Some other goodies you might want to try the filling with are: ice cream, cheesecake, poundcake, pie shells, cupcakes, or as a dip for the Vampire Bites!
Step 26
We hope you enjoy these delicious little Bites!
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