Showing posts with label Halloween cookies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Halloween cookies. Show all posts

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies for #Halloween #recipe @Lucyburdette

LUCY BURDETTE: I love Halloween, especially in Key West, which is rife with costumes and parades during this season. (KILLER TAKEOUT was set during the Halloween week--so much fun!) And I love snickerdoodles...hmmm. Could I combine the two? I set myself a challenge--revising my snickerdoodle recipe so it suited Halloween. I think I nailed it--but make a batch and see what you think...


Two sticks unsalted butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 and 1/2 tsp low-sodium baking powder
2 and 3/4 cups flour
2 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

For the topping:

2-3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 375. Sift the dry ingredients (salt, sugar, flour, and low-sodium baking powder) together and set aside. Using either a beater or a Kitchenaid mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, about 1 to 2 minutes after each addition. Add the pumpkin and the vanilla and beat lightly until combined.

Slowly mix in the dry ingredients--don't beat too long or the cookies will be tough. Divide the dough into two parts and roll them into logs, wrapped with parchment paper. Refrigerate for two hours or freeze for one. (As you can see from my photo, this isn't a beauty contest, as you'll be rolling the cookies too.)

Mix the spices and sugar on a plate. Cut the logs into one-inch pieces and form them into balls. Roll the balls in the cinnamon mixture and place them on 2 parchment-covered baking sheets. You should end up with about 2 dozen. Big ones!

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes, removing them as soon as the first cracks appear.

Lucy and her husband, ready for the zombie bike ride

King and Queen of Key West fantasy fest

Lucy Burdette writes the Key West food critic mysteries--find them wherever books are sold! Find her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest--Instagram too...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Easy Halloween Snacks for Kids

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Happy Halloween! Hope everybody has a bootiful one. :) I thought I’d give y’Halloween MLK 013all a couple of ideas for some really quick treats for any kind of a Halloween get-together or dessert. This is the time of year where we all get in a time-crunch, after all!

I found this recipe from Martha Stewart. And I do like Martha, even though she gives me an inferiority complex most of the time. I thought her alien cupcake looked pretty cool, but she lost me at the meringue buttercream ingredient. Actually, she lost me at the making the cupcakes part. I’m just down to the wire and looking for shortcuts!


So I used some chewy cookies from my grocery store’s bakery, some frosting, marshmallows, I didn’t have any cool green icing like Martha did, so I used some black, Halloween icing I found at the store. This was going to be very simple, so I let my daughter help me out. :) We made a couple of different types.

Halloween MLK 004For the black alien cookie, we used:
Chewy chocolate chip cookie for the base
Black icing (from the Halloween section of the grocery store)
Mini marshmallows for the weird teeth
Large marshmallow cut in half
A peanut M&M stuck on the marshmallow with icing.

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For the white skull cookie, we used:
Chewy chocolate chip cookie for the base
Black icing…kind of oozy stuff
Mini Marshmallows.

Halloween MLK 010Then we did a scary white cookie (my daughter assured me it wasn’t really scary) with all the above, but a raspberry stuck on the black eye icing and then different colored peanut M&Ms (stuck on with more black icing) in the center of the raspberry.

I also wanted to do a non-sweet treat that was still Halloweeny. The folks at Betty Crocker had just what I was looking for. Mummies! And it’s so Halloween MLK 017easy. You just take:

Part of a stalk of celery
Line it with vegetable-flavored cream cheese (softened enough to spread)
Wrap it with narrow strips of thinly cut ham to look like bandages
Use dried cranberry bits to use for eyes.

hickorysmokedhomicidehighresHappy Halloween! And just a quick note—the third book in the Memphis Barbeque series releases November 1! Hope you’ll pick up a copy if you enjoy mysteries. :)

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