I remember Halloween was magical when we were kids (when candy was a lot scarcer than it is now!) It was heaven if the night was warm but even if you had to put your costume under or over your winter coat, you weren't going to miss out. I remember one year it was raining, I was getting tired, and I was dragging my paper bag of candy along the ground and it...broke. What a tragedy!
I also remember staying up half the night to finish a costume for one of my girls. And trudging along behind them with an umbrella in bad weather. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I also remember the year my husband and I were invited to a party. I dressed up as Jack Sparrow and he was Austin Powers. Believe it or not, our host and hostess did not recognize us! Another year we were Indiana Jones and Cruella de Ville.
Spider Web Florentines
1/2 cup pecans, toasted
2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 light brown sugar
2 tsps. honey
1 TBL flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Pulse together the pecans and oatmeal in a food processor until finely ground. Melt butter and add sugars and honey. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugars are melted and mixture is simmering. Remove from heat and stir in pecan mixture, flour, salt and cinnamon. Transfer to a bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
Mounds 2 teaspoons of dough, one on top of the other and place 2 to 3 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten stacked mounds to 1 3/4 inches in diameter. Bake until cookies spread and are golden throughout, about 10 minutes. Coll completely.
Place chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until melted. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Snip one corner to make a pastry bag. Pipe chocolate onto each cookie in a spiral, working out from the center. Pipe lines from the outside in and back again all the way around. Let set a room temperature or refrigerate.
The "dough" after refrigeration, was rather like wet sand...not particularly easy to work with but I managed. The cookies spread much more than I anticipated so beware! I also snipped too large a corner off my baggie and it was hard to make my chocolate lines as thin as I wanted. Hey, I'm a writer, not an artist! No matter--they are delicious! I managed to keep hubby away from them long enough to get a couple of pictures.
|Mix white and brown sugar|
|Grind oats and toasted pecans|
|Place on cookie sheet|
|Bake until golden and spread|
|If desired, decorate with chocolate to look like spider webs|
|Moi as Cruella de Ville|
|Hubby as Indiana Jones (he already owned the hat and jacket!)|
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