Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Where there's a will, there's a Way. And some cookies.

Two very quick and easy Halloween cookie ideas that I realize are 5 days too late.

They were initially for my work's United Way bake sale but that got pushed from Friday to Monday when they would be completely untimely so I brought them to a friend's Halloween party. They might have been a big hit - I'm not sure - I stayed approx. 300 metres from the food at all times because I had eaten so many mini chocolate bars that day I could hardly fit into my costume. Which involved leggings and a tank top. So that's pretty disgusting. 

Recipe #1: spider-peanut-butter-cookies-turned-into-scab-cookies

Whilst browsing Pinterest one day I saw cookies with chocolate spiders on them. Rather than pinning it and going back to it later to see how it was done like a normal person, I assumed I knew and filed it away in the mental drawer that I store potential food ideas (it's huge). You can search "spider cookies" on Pinterest and you'll see what I mean.

When I decided to bust it out, I had the cookie down: the very simple, yet very delicious, original Kraft peanut butter cookie

3 ingredients:
- 1 cup pb
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar

Preheat the oven immediately to 325 because this cookie takes all of 3 seconds to make. Mix all ingredients together, roll into (roughly) 24 balls (I can never manage to get the exact number a recipe calls for) and space, according to the recipe, 4 inches apart on a cookie tray and flatten with a fork. Let's be real - ain't no body got room in their oven to set cookies 4 inches apart, especially in a condo-sized-oven. On one cookie tray because I don't have two. My cookies were about one inch from each other and I didn't flatten them out much.

Bake for 20 minutes and then TAKE THEM OUT NO MATTER WHAT. I have left these cookies in the oven longer because I thought they were still too mushy. WRONG. That completely dries them out and they burn. They will stiffen up as they cool.

After I took them out came the genius that I had thought I had. I pressed one chocolate chip in the centre of each cookie and then back into the oven (which was off and cooling) for just a minute to melt the chocolate more. 

My brilliant idea was to use the point of a knife to draw a line out from the middle of the melted chocolate chip, four on each side, with the end result being a spider

you can see the two in the top corner of the very left that were my best attempts.

So, as you can see, I just started throwing anything else I had on top of them to make them look Halloween-y and this resulted in them looking like scabs. YUM.

Recipe #2: chocolate-peanut-butter Peek-a-BOOs

These were the result of my never-ending ambition to use up the massive amount of hot chocolate powder that I have - I decided to make a hybrid chocolate peanut butter cookie:

3 ingredients:
- 1 cup pb
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup hot chocolate powder

Exact same directions as above. These will be drier and easier to roll than the regular peanut butter kind. They will also make less, or maybe they make the same amount and I just ate too much of the batter.

When these came out of the oven, I popped a marshmallow in each. As this cookie was drier, it was more crumbly and resistant to having anything pushed into it (HA.) so I had to form a few of them back together. Then, again, back in the oven for one minute so the marshmallow would melt a wee bit and become one with the cookie.

yes, the picture is upside down - Halloween effect or my lack of computer knowledge - you be the judge.

When they came out the second time, I dipped two prongs of a fork into chocolate syrup and dotted each little mallow to create eyes.

I was really, really happy with these coming to fruition and took solace in them, consoling my jilted pride. My cute little ghosts juxtaposing those disgusting (but delicious) scab cookies.

Regardless. Halloween is over and Christmas is NEXT MONTH. Let us rejoice.

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