Saturday, October 29, 2011

3 SCARY COOKIES FOR HALLOWEEN (#2)




LITTLE MONSTER, SCARY BUG, OR... SOMETHING SCARY, BUT SWEET!!

 I found this idea of scary bug, that is very wonderful for Halloween. The original recipe is made by a dough, you make from scrach (recipe follow at the end), add pretzel sticks for legs, chocolate ganash to cover everything and scary top and red candy eyes.

I was thinking, to get something easy to make from grocery store, because my daugther, will have no  time to bake and prepare the holloween, Landen's costume, and many other thing to prepare.

I bought small, round pieces of brawny from the grocery store, and pick up toppings for ice cream:
small M&M (colored), chocolate fudge sauce and chocolate sprinkles.





You top the brawny with  fudge sauce (cold, not hot!), add the sprinkles and eyes: red are very striking, but you can chose many collors!!


Here is the recipe, from scratch, from "Bon Appetit", from /foodista/.


Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 bag (8 ounces) thin, short pretzel sticks
1 large bag (11 1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Chocolate sprinkles
Small red candies, such as Red Hots




Preparation
1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
3 In separate, large mixing bowl, beat together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to beat until well blended.
4 Gradually add the flour mixture and cocoa powder. Beat to form a smooth dough.
5 Roll a tablespoon-sized ball of dough, and place it on a baking sheet. Arrange eight pretzel sticks around the ball like spokes on a wheel. Press the tips of the pretzel sticks firmly into the dough ball. Continue with the rest of the pretzels and dough.
6 Bake until cookies start to brown around edges, about 7-10 minutes.
7 Remove the cookies from the baking sheets with a spatula, and place on wire cooling racks. Let cool completely. Place the racks on sheets of waxed paper.
8 In a double boiler or the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with vegetable oil.
9 Pour the melted chocolate over each cookie. Coat with chocolate sprinkles. Press in two red candy eyes on the front of the head.



LINZER TART

As a child my mother would make this tart and she was very happy to tell us that is a very famous Austrian tart  named after the town...