The past few weeks my kids have been begging for some Halloween cookies. Here is a fun alternative to the many different types of sugar and frosting cookies I have seen around lately. These don’t exactly look like brooms, but they are our variation. What matters is that we had a blast making them and even had some family over to help out. The more the merrier! What kind of goodies do you like to make for Halloween?
What You Need:
- Large pretzel sticks
- Chocolate for melting (we used chocolate chips)
- Cookie sheet
- Cookie Dough ***
***Check out our Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Recipe at the end of this post.
Step 1: Make your favorite sugar or peanut butter cookie recipe. The kiddos chose Peanut Butter Cookies (recipe at the bottom of this post).
Step 2: Roll the dough into small balls. Size is your choice, but around 1 inch was good for us!
Step 3: Break the pretzel stick in half and place on a cookie sheet. Place your cookie dough ball on top of the broken end of the pretzel. Use a fork to press down on the cookie dough and make your brush lines. Don’t worry about going too deep (just not all the way through) because when the cookie bakes it will poof up a bit and the deeper lines stand out more.
Step 4: Bake in the oven for 350° for 6 minutes or until slightly brown. I think my oven was cooking faster than normal, so it may take 8-10 minutes.
Step 5: Let them cool completely.
Step 6: While the cookies are cooling, prep the melted chocolate. Add chocolate to a bowl and melt in the microwave or in a small pot on the stove top (make sure to stir often). If you are using chocolate melting squares, you may need to add a little oil to smooth it out. I used chocolate chips and discovered that they were perfect without an oil. When I used oil with the chocolate chips, it made it so the chocolate had a hard time hardening. It was still yummy, just a bit messier!
Step 7: Once cookies are cooled. Decorate with chocolate and anything else you would like. We decided it was easier to just dip them, but you can use a spoon to drip the chocolate over each cookie.
The kids went to town with the sprinkles. The idea was to cover the ends with the green and orange sprinkles to give it a fire-ish look, but the sugar sprinkles got absorbed and became invisible when first dipped unless you added a ton of them. I forgot about that con of sugar sprinkles!
Step 8: Enjoy! The kids loved these and talked about them all last week.
Although, I will admit…they do look more like candied apple cookies than Witches’ Brooms! lol
We made these Spider Cookies, a Halloween tradition, a couple of weeks ago with the intention of sharing them with the neighbors…they never made it out of the house. Yummy! Check them out if you are looking for some other fun Halloween baking treats!
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Recipe
In a large mixing bowl combine the following and mix well:
1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 c butter
- 3-4 Tablespoons Peanut Butter (depends on how peanut butter you want it)
- 1 egg
In a separate bowl, combine the following and add slowly into above mixture:
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Pinch salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup flour
Heat oven to 350° and bake for 8-10 minutes until they are lightly brown. Make sure to not cook them until they are hard.
* This post was originally posted in October 2011 we just updated the text and pics today
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN TREATS?
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Louise Ducote saysOctober 19, 2011 at 3:53 am
Those are darling! The end result is great, but obviously the process was priceless!
Courtney saysOctober 19, 2011 at 8:54 am
Love your project and especially your helpers! So cute!!
Hannah saysOctober 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm
These look delicious! I would definitely do this with peanut butter cookies…they are my favorite!
Michelle (The Ribbon Retreat) saysOctober 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm
What a fun treat to make with your kiddos! They look delicious and so much fun to make! Thank you for sharing! 🙂