Happy Halloween! Yes I know, it was yesterday but this is a Halloween themed blog post so I thought I would say it anyways. I hope you all had a lovely and spooky Halloween. My friends and I went to a Halloween party on Friday so yesterday evening we decided to have a relaxing evening and do some Halloween baking. I have two recipes for you guys; spooky cookies and eerie eyeball cake pops, so let’s get started!
For the dough you will need:
- 250g flour
- 100g castor sugar
- 125g butter (cold)
- 1 egg yolk (don’t throw out the egg white, you’ll need it for the icing)
- 1tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 175°C. Add all the ingredients (except for the vanilla) into one bowl, and then mix it it together (preferably with a knife) until it’s crumbly.
Add the vanilla extract and use your hands to combine everything into one compact ball. Wrap this in cling film and put it in the fridge for an hour. During this hour feel free to start watching a Halloween movie, I would suggest The Nightmare Before Christmas.
After the hour is up, take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out onto the counter. Don’t forget to put down some flour first so the dough doesn’t stick to the counter. Get out some festive Halloween cookie cutters and start making shapes.
Put the cookies on a baking tray with a baking sheet on it. Make sure to leave a little bit of space between the cookies so they don’t stick together when they’re in the oven. Then just fill up the tray with cookies!
Put the cookies into the oven for 12-15 minutes, until they’re golden brown.
Let them cool before you decorate them.
For the icing you will need:
- 1 egg white
- 125g icing sugar
- Decorating pens (optional)
- Food colouring (optional)
The original recipe calls for double what I’ve written but we ended up having way too much icing, so if you need more then you can just make more but what we had was plenty.
Put the egg white in a bowl and start whisking it. As you whisk the egg white, add icing sugar bit by bit until you have a thick icing. If you want, put some of the icing into another bowl and add some food colouring. Use decorating pens to draw all the smaller details. We used Dr. Oetker’s decorating pens (these are also useful for the cake pops).
Here are two of the cookies we made, aren’t they cute?
I hope you enjoyed that recipe and now moving on to the cake pops!
Eerie eyeball cake pops
You will need:
- 100g Madeira cake
- 100g Oreos
- 100g milk chocolate (melted)
- 200g white chocolate (melted)
- Chocolate M&Ms
- Decorating pens
- 10 skewer sticks
- A small pumpkin to stick the cake pops in (optional)
Break the Maderia cake and the Oreo in bowl. The Madeira cake is quite easy to break with your hands but you will need something else to break the Oreos. You should make the Oreo cookies as crumbly as possible because larger chunks make it more difficult to put skewer sticks in the cake pops.
Melt the milk chocolate in the microwave, for about 30 seconds. Give it a stir and if it’s not completely melted then pop it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. Add it to the bowl then mix everything together with a fork.
Use your hands to make 10 walnut sized balls, and then chill those for 2 hours. My friend and I forgot to do this and it wasn’t really a problem, it just makes it more frustrating because your cake pops will fall off the stick, so I would suggest chilling them for at least a little bit.
While the mixture is chilling, get your small pumpkin and use the skewer to make holes. This is easier with a pumpkin that isn’t as ripe anymore, so it will be softer.
When you think the mixture has chilled enough take it out of the fridge, and start pushing skewers into the cake pop balls. Cover them with the melted white chocolate. This is probably the most annoying part because the chocolate will get everywhere. I would suggest putting down some baking paper underneath for easy clean up.
As you can see some of ours fell off their sticks, but we got ten in the end. While the chocolate is still wet press an M&M onto the ball for the iris. Make sure the chocolate isn’t too wet or the M&M will mostly slide off. Once the chocolate is dry grab the decorating pens and make a pupil with a black or dark brown pen in the middle of the M&M. Using a red pen make some wiggly red veins on the chocolate.
And that’s it, some fun and spooky Halloween baking! I hope you enjoyed this post and I will be back with a makeup tutorial next week.
Until next time! x