Strawberry Ghosts


    * 30 fresh strawberries
    * 8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
    * 1 teaspoon shortening
    * 1/8 teaspoon almond extract
    * 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips


    * Wash strawberries and gently pat with paper towels until completely dry. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate and shortening at 50% power; stir until smooth. Stir in extract.
    * Dip each strawberry in chocolate mixture; place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, allowing excess chocolate to form the ghosts' tails. Immediately press chocolate chips into coating for eyes. Freeze for 5 minutes.
    * In a microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip a toothpick into melted chocolate and draw a mouth on each face. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.