All right, it’s not pumpkins attacking us, thought that might be cool, especially if they sprouted miniature legs and arms.. hmm that sounds cute actually.
Anyway, I’m digressing. Halloween! That’s what I want to talk about, and how much I love this holiday. Why? For two reasons. Okay just thought of three.
1. An excuse to get together with family and friends
2. Bake to my heart’s delight and hold a halloween tea party
3. This one is obvious – Horror!! I love the black stuff 🙂
I know halloween is still over a week away, but I convinced a few people at work to hold a halloween morning tea, and before long everyone in the department was on board. Yipee. Everyone brought a plate of anything they wanted. I decided to bake up some chocolate frosted cookies in the shape of pumpkins and bats… muahahaha
200g unsalted butter (softened)
1 1/4 cups caster (superfine) sugar
1 1/2 plain flour
1 cup cocoa powder
1. Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (Celsius) (fan based)
2. Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, then add the egg and mix in well.
3. To the above mixture, add the flour, cocoa and baking powder, then mix together until it forms a soft-like dough
4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 5mm in height, and use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes. Keep re-rolling the dough and cutting shapes until it is all used up.
5. Place the cut out shapes on trays lined with baking paper and bake for about 12-15 minutes – depending on the size of your cookies.
6. Once the cookies are completely cooled, use royal icing to decorate. I referred to this great site, Brown Eyed Baker, which helped me get the icing right.