Trick or Treat

Saturday, October 31, 2009

It has been a while since I've made and decorated cutout cookies. In fact, I'm pretty sure I haven't made them since Easter! And that's just crazy.

So, when I found out that my brother and his fiancee were going to host a Halloween party, I figured I just had to make some festive cutouts. Especially since I made them last year. (When I made the Halloween cookies last year, that was actually my first time using royal icing!)

Add in the fact that I saw this new variation (it's chocolate!) of my favorite cookie recipe, and it was a done deal.

These cookies are so good! When I first took a taste of one, it instantly reminded me of something I had tasted before. It caused a flashback to childhood, but I couldn't quite figure out exactly what I was remembering. After my second (or third, or fourth... who's counting?) cookie, I finally figured it out.

These taste frighteningly similar to the crust on chocolate Pop Tarts. Specifically the chocolate fudge version. But they're better, because they're soft and chewy, and 'cause DUH... they're homemade.

They're so good, in fact, that it's going to be really tough to decide which version to make for Christmas cookies. Perhaps I will have to try them both, head to head in a taste-off! (It's not an easy job, but somebody's gotta do it.)
I used a combination of royal icing and candy melts to decorate these. For those of you who have asked recently for a tutorial on how I decorate my cookies... I'm sorry, but I didn't have time to stop and take photos of all of my steps yesterday. I'll plan to maybe get something up around Christmastime, but in the meantime, I can provide a few links for you. First, I use this royal icing recipe. And here's a tutorial on decorating from Brown Eyed Baker. You're welcome! ;)

Should you want to make spiderweb cookies, check out Katie's instructions for those.

Soft Chocolate Cookies
(Source: Good Things Catered)

Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups butter
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- powdered sugar, for rolling

Directions:
1. In bowl of stand mixer, add butter and sugars and beat until light and fluffy in texture, about 3 minutes.

2. Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly.

3. Add vanilla extract, beating to combine

4. Sift in flour, cocoa powder baking powder and salt a little at a time. Be careful not to over mix, this process should take about one minute.

5. Place dough in fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to a week.

6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment.

7. Roll cookies out to 1/2 inch thickness, cut to desired shape and place on parchment.

8. Place baking sheet in oven and bake cookies for 7-8 minutes. (You want to "underbake" them by about a minute. Don't wait until they get crispy--they won't be soft and chewy!)

9. Wait until cookies are cooled completely before icing.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

4 comments:

jenn November 2, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

I love the mummy cookie!!

Lindsey@pickyeatings November 2, 2009 at 9:03 AM  

These are adorable. I love Halloween!

Katie November 2, 2009 at 11:43 AM  

Oh my goodness Heather, these cookies are FANTASTIC!!! I loooove the mummy! Actually, I love all of them! They turned out so well! The contrast of colors you used are fantastic!!

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