Sunday, October 20, 2019

Spooky Cookies for #Halloween + book + tote bag #giveaway from author @DarylWoodGerber



 HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Spooky Giveaway below!


From Daryl:

I found this recipe online on a delicious blog called Love to be in the Kitchen. I made them gluten-free for my Halloween share.  The author of the original recipe said she based them off one of her favorite cookie recipes, Dark Chocolate M and M Cookies. Go to her blog to get that recipe.

Now, I’d never heard of black food coloring. Honestly, I rarely use food coloring after the whole issue with red food coloring years ago. But black?  I had to try it. Before doing so, I asked my Facebook fans if they’d ever used it. I got lots of warnings. Use too much, bleh. Use too little, won’t be dark enough.  And the dye will make your tongue black. Well, so will red or blue dye. Believe me, I’ve seen enough blue tongues after eating birthday cake with blue icing, thanks to all the little boys in my life.

But I have to tell you, a little black food coloring went a long way, and I’m glad I used it.

These cookies are so delicious! They’re great decorated with candy eyeballs - and really spooky - but making some of them plain for grownups is also a super idea.  They are a new go-to cookie for me. 

Tip: in the recipe online, she added the candy eyeballs before baking. My first batch didn’t turn out well having done so. So I added some right away after baking. That worked out beautifully.  I’ll show you both versions below.

Happy Halloween!

Spooky Cookies

(yields: 30-36 cookies)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
optional: black food coloring  (I used only 2 drops!)
1 large egg,  room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup gluten-free flour  (I used half sweet rice flour; half tapioca starch)
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
Candy Eyeballs for topping the cookies

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THESE USING REGULAR FLOUR, just substitute out the gluten-free flour and omit the xanthan gum.

In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugars. *Optional add black food coloring to get a deeper shade of black in the cookies. I used 2 drops. That’s all!  Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Blend in the egg and vanilla, scrape down the bowl if needed.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated. Add in the milk and then fold in the chocolate chips.

Next, cover this mixture and put in refrigerator for 2 hours.

When ready, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball and place on the baking sheet. Flatten slightly.

Bake at 350˚ F for 10-11 minutes. Remove from oven and then add the candy eyeballs.

Let cookies cool on the baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Keep in a tightly sealed container. May be frozen if wrapped in saran and sealed well.





 PUT MIXTURE IN REFRIGERATOR FOR 2 HOURS.


I PUT THE EYES ON FIRST AND...yuck.  NOT MY FAVORITE.


SO FOR THE NEXT BATCH, I DIDN'T DECORATE UNTIL AFTER THEY WERE BAKED.





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91 comments:

  1. Ooh, I think my favorite Halloween treat would be Milk Duds (if I were trick or treating!) I also love cider and donuts as a fall treat. I'd love to win your Halloween novel! Thanks for the chance. kdubrinsky@gmail.com

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  2. Candied apples, but they do not go in bags well. For that Sugar Babies.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Glorious, they're good for parties, right? And I adore Sugar Babies. Haven't had those in ages. ~ Daryl

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  3. Caramel apples are my favorite. Your cookies sound delicious. They look spooky and fun to eat. Thank you for the chance.

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    1. Donamae, they kept really well in the freezer, too. ~ Daryl

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  4. Russell Stovers makes a Carmel apple flavored candy that is only available in the fall months. That is my favorite Halloween candy.

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    1. Nan, I'm going to have to look for those. Yum. ~ Daryl

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  5. Oops forgot my e-mail NanB113@aoldotcom

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  6. I do enjoy the pumpkin donuts that you can find this tiime of the year. Also anything dark chocolate and caramel...but that's really anytime of the year! Thank you for a chance with this great giveaway! rwilson@ws4r.com

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    1. All the coffee houses are serving pumpkin something right now. It's amazing how much of a selection. ~ Daryl

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  7. It matters not which holiday, I always want the darkest chocolate candy I can find!
    Lisacobblestone@aol.com

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    1. Lisa, isn't it amazing how dark it can get now? 76%, 80%. Whew! ~ Daryl

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  8. My favorite Halloween candy as a kid and still is are the Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses and the black jelly beans that Dad and I shared. Both candies were only available at Halloween when I was a kid making them very special. Funny because even though you can buy them all year through now, I only look for them around Halloween. They remind me of all the fun Halloweens from my childhood and special moments with my Dad.

    Thank you for the adorably cute cookie recipe that sounds yummy as well. Definitely going to bake up a batch (or two or three) very soon. Appreciate the giveaway and while I've shared I've got my fingers crossed to be the very fortunate one selected.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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    1. Kay, what a lovely memory for you to hold. ~ Daryl

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  9. I only eat these at Halloween, Almond Joy mini's in a very large bag of mixed mini bars. The rest of the year I'm good and stay on my diet.

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    1. Aw, NoraA, good for you. But I bet those Almond Joys are delicious because they are precious. ~ Daryl

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  10. White chocolate Kit Kat. im2early4u@gmail.com

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  11. I enjoy three musketeers, but will eat any chocolate candy bars
    judytucker1947@gmail.com

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  12. I just loved any chocolate candy we would gather in our Halloween trick or treats. Favorite place to go was the local funeral home for orange drink.
    lindalou64@live.com HAPPY HALLOWEEN🕸

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