Halloween wraps fear into innocence and shares a slightly sour sweet experience. Let the terror turn into a treat and welcome it in the form of Halloween. Halloween is all about supernatural, improbable and eccentric things.
The eve of 31st October is celebrated as Halloween. It initiates the beginning of Allhallowtide, the time in the ceremonial year dedicated to recalling the dead that includes saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, playing games like apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories and watching horror films. Organising house parties are also fun as theme games and activities can be arranged which may include scary costumes, scary interiors like pumpkin-shaped lamps, artificial cobwebs, playing scary background music, putting up shadow curtains, creating spooky stairways, sticking toy spiders and paper bats on walls with candles. Baking spooky cookies for the guests.
A detailed recipe for Halloween witch hat cookies is given below:
- 2/3 cup plain flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 60g butter, chopped
- 1 egg yolk
- 375g packet milk chocolate melts, melted
- Process flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and butter until mixture resembles the texture of fine breadcrumbs.
- To it add egg yolk.
- Process until all the ingredients come together, you may also add two teaspoons of cold water if necessary.
- Knead the dough until it is smooth. Roll the dough. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven between 160°C-180C fan-forced.
- Cover two baking trays with baking paper. Spread the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper until 5mm thick. Using a 5.5cm Halloween witch hat cutter, cut the desired hats from the dough. Place them 3cm apart, on prepared trays. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- Bake the hat-shaped cookies for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool, the trays for 5 minutes.
- Transfer the cookies to a tray to cool completely.
- Using a small pastry brush, spread a melted chocolate onto the top of the cookie. Add dry fruits, candies or any seasoning of your choice.
- You can do your icing using different colors and embellishments.