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Originally published Sunday, October 21, 2012 at 5:01 AM

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Alien pizza squares are a Halloween treat so cute, it's scary

Since most kids like pizza in some form, this recipe is always a big hit, especially at Halloween.

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Scare up some fun this Halloween with these cute, clever homemade treats, perfect for a party or playdate. Since most kids like pizza in some form, this recipe is always a big hit.

To make the alien faces, I use a pumpkin cookie cutter, with capers for the eyes and basil for the mouth. My boys and their friends love it, and they always feel special when I make this very simple after-school snack.

Alien Pizza Squares

Makes 4 servings

Cooking Spray

1 pound refrigerated pizza dough

¾ cup pizza sauce or tomato sauce

8 slices low-moisture mozzarella cheese

1 tablespoon capers

Fresh or freeze-dried basil

1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Spray rimmed baking pan with cooking spray. Press and stretch dough evenly into a rectangle shape. Spread sauce evenly over dough, leaving a 1-inch border around all sides. Bake until underside of dough is golden, about 10-15 minutes.

2. While pizza is baking, use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut pumpkin shapes from cheese.

3. Place pumpkins on top of hot pizza and bake for 2-5 minutes or just until slightly melted. Place two capers on each piece of cheese for eyes and sprinkle basil for the mouth.

4. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing into squares.

Cathy Pollak runs a vineyard and winery in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. She shares her love of food and wine at One for the Table is Amy Ephron's online magazine that specializes in food, politics, and love.

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