With Halloween just around the corner, it being half term and a day at home planned, this morning I braved the supermarket with four small children (yes I know, I must be mad!) and went to pick up some treats, some healthy, some not, that we could make with a Halloween theme. Cue lots of fruit, utter chaos, tears and tantrums in the supermarket (mostly me ha ha!) and the result, some not so bad looking treats that were quickly demolished by us all.
I’ll start with the not so healthy Halloween Spider Cookies. OK so a cook/chef/baker I am not, so I cheated and bought Betty Crocker’s chocolate chip cookie mix whereby all you need to add to the pack to make them is water and a baking tray. That’s my kind of baking as entering let alone winning The Great British Bake Off isn’t going to happen for me any time soon.
Don’t get me wrong there are times I like to “potter in the kitchen” and attempt “proper baking” but today, having braved the supermarket with my tribe and having collected all the ingredients to make “proper cookies” I can’t tell you my relief when looking through the baking isle when I stumbled across this packet of cookie heaven! I quickly replaced all the flour, baking soda and other ingredients and grabbed a couple packets of Betty Crocker’s cookie mix.
Should you want the full recipe I’ll add it below but in order to create spiders aplenty to adorn my cookies I grabbed a couple packets of chocolate chips too and some chocolate and caramel writing icing with which to draw the spiders legs.
So my version was super fast, I literally added water, mixed it all together, added a few more chocolate chips for good measure and used an ice cream scoop to scoop up equal sized balls of cookie mix and placed them onto non-stick baking paper lined baking trays and “wa-la” I placed into the oven as per the pack instructions. Once cooked I waited for the cookies to cool a little before gently pushing a few more chocolate chips upside down, flat side facing up, into the cookies, waited a little longer to cool and used the chocolate writing icing pen to draw the spiders legs. Easy peasy!
The recipe (which makes 18) should you wish to make from scratch is here:
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (white sugar)
- 1 large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/8 cup all purpose flour (unbleached is best)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 ounces semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips, divided (2 ounces for spiders, 10 ounces for in and on top of the cookies)
- electric mixer
- baking sheets
- a pastry bag, piping bag or zip top bag
- and an optional is an ice cream scoop
- Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit / 160 degrees Celsius.
- Melt butter in a mixing bowl, allow it to slightly cool.
- Add brown sugar and granulated sugar and beat on a medium speed for about a minute until well blended.
- Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until fully mixed.
- Mix flour, salt and baking soda together then add it into the wet ingredients.
- Fold about 9 ounces (1 1/2 cups) of chips into the mixture.
- Scoop out 18 cookies about 1/4 cup of dough for each.
- Place some of the reserved chocolate chips on top of each cookie.
- Remember to keep about 2 ounces (1/3 cup) of the chips for the spiders.
- Bake cookies one tray at a time for 14-18 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool completely.
- Place the remaining 2 ounces of chocolate chips in a small microwave safe bowl.
- Heat for 20 seconds, stir, then for 15 seconds, stir.
- Allow the chocolate to sit for 1 minute then stir again.
- If you need to, heat it for 10 more seconds, then repeat until melted.
- Pour into a pastry bag, piping bag or zip top bag with the tip snipped off.
- Pipe on spider heads and legs around some of the larger chips.
- Allow to dry.
- Serve with a glass of milk and enjoy!
I also made a hot chocolate with some marshmallows with Halloween faces drawn on which I did with an edible ink decorating pen from Lakeland which you could serve your cookies with as an alternative to a glass of milk. Tiggy’s brothers loved these!
Finally, we made some Jack-O’-Lantern fruit bowls by cutting off the tops of oranges, scooping out the fruit, cutting faces into the peel and filling with lots of lovely berries and grapes. We used strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and green, red and black grapes.
For more Halloween tricks and treats visit our Pinterest page which I’m adding to all the time and apologies for no pictures of the children here enjoying these treats as Tiggy fell asleep and enjoyed the fruit after dinner this evening and I practically blinked and the boys had polished off the cookies! If you make any of these or have some other Halloween treats ideas I’d love to see them in the comments below xoxo