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Hannah J ([personal profile] noneedofcrepe) wrote2010-09-12 04:52 pm

Petrifying Practice

It's forty-eight days until Halloween, and I'm practising a couple recipes this month so I can make ghoulish delights all October. I'm no baker and a sorry excuse for a cook, but when it comes to creepytreats I actually enjoy making them and am therefore determined to become kind of Halloween idiot-savant in the world of cookery.

Makes about 15 dozen tiny cookies

(Pictures not mine but VERY helpful for visual learners so I included them. :D )

* 1 cup softened butter
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 egg
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* Orange and yellow food colouring dye (you can also use red+yellow if you don't have orange)
* About 1/2 cup sugar to coat

1. Line a 9x5" loaf pan with waxed paper or plastic wrap and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg. Turn speed to low or use a spoon to stir in flour, baking soda, and salt until well mixed.

3. Divide dough into 3 balls.

Press 1 evenly onto bottom of your pan.

Add food colouring to the other 2 balls of dough until you reach intense shades of yellow and orange.
(It'll start out streaky, just keep kneading.)

Press the orange dough evenly over the white dough in the pan.

Then press in the yellow layer on top of the orange.

4. Cover pan with plastic wrap and chill dough for at least two hours (or overnight).

5. Preheat oven to 375 F. Turn the loaf pan upside down on a cutting board and dump out the chilled dough, peel off lining.

Cut loaf crosswise into 1/4" slices.

Cut each slice into 6 wedges.

6. Place wedges on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Place 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. When cookies are done, let cool 1 minute then roll each cookie in sugar to coat.


Much fancier than my cookies, I also got these adorable Moonstruck Halloween truffles. :3

AND, I picked up a copy of October Dreams, a horror anthology, at the library. It's HUGE and atmospheric and pure and has like a hundred talented and respected authors, and I wish I never had to give it back to the library ever. I would so be a book hoarder lol.

I've been finishing up my submission for [ profile] regulus_fest, and soon I'll be doing my Halloween cards for the winning bidders over at [ profile] help_pakistan.

The weather is juust starting to get comfortably fresh and cool for Fall, I have arts and spooky treats to eat and spooky stories to read and dear dear friends. Now is good.

[identity profile] 2010-09-13 02:03 am (UTC)(link)
The cookies look tasty! And ooooh, creepy truffles! They look yummy!

The book sounds cool, enjoy it! :)

Take care! ♥ ♥ ♥

[identity profile] 2010-09-13 10:12 pm (UTC)(link)
This is like a post of adorable yummy creepy things eheheheeee.

My family has been munching on the cookies since I made them, but O the truffles. I'm in that battle of They Look Delicious Omg Want VS They're So Cute I Can't Possibly Bite Into Them And Destroy Them. XD

[identity profile] 2010-09-13 02:11 am (UTC)(link)
Those are too cute! I love them!

[identity profile] 2010-09-13 10:09 pm (UTC)(link)
You should make, if you're ever in a cookie-mood! They're super easy but they look so much fancier than just normal cookies do, so for someone like me who hardly ever bakes anything I'm like POW lookit me, I can make awesome cookies.

How's Baragon doing? :D LOL I swear, soooooo many pets I've had in my lifetime have magically changed genders and needed new names. It's hard to tell, and if someone says girl to you... you just believe them! Once I had a cat I'd named Andrea and when it was revealed she was in fact a he I just took off the A at the end of her name and he was Andre. XD

[identity profile] 2010-09-13 05:16 am (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] 2010-09-13 10:05 pm (UTC)(link)
SI - lmao is it sad these are one of the few times I bake anything the entire year? Halloween is like my season of wanting to make food.

[identity profile] 2010-09-13 05:09 pm (UTC)(link)
OMG! Hannah! This is the best! Steven loves candy corn...I am so making this!

[identity profile] 2010-09-13 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Dude you totally must, he'll love them! They're the perfect level of sweetness and so adorable. And, if you wrap them up in clear gift bags with ribbon to tie them they are perfect for giving to people. It's my plan this year for people here who don't shun me for my love of Halloween lmao.

The dough takes like two seconds to make, but I DO recommend you get a helper or two for the cutting and baking process. I was going to do it alone and I ended up being like "SO MANY COOKIES SURROUNDING ME, HALP LOL" and getting my sister and my dad to be cutters and sugar-ers. When you're dealing with 15 dozen of anything, even if they're tiny, it's good to have assistance lol.

Also the original recipe is from Land O' Lakes and they call for 2 tablespoons orange juice and 2 teaspoons orange zest, but I left those out because we didn't have oranges at the time. They're yummy and simple without it, but if you like citrus in your cookies I bet that'd be yummy to add too. :D
grey_gazania: three pumpkins painted white and given ghost faces in a bed of orange leaves (pumpkin faces in the night)

[personal profile] grey_gazania 2010-10-26 03:02 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm making these to bring in to work tomorrow, and they're adorable. ^^ Mind if I re-post on my journal?

[identity profile] 2010-10-26 05:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Not at all, go ahead! :) I wish I was in your office tomorrow lol, I'm in midterms week at uni but I am determined to make some more Halloween treats tonight anyway. It's worth it.

Oh and I found them from Land O Lakes where they called for 2 tablespoons orange juice and 2 teaspoons orange zest that I didn't add since I had no oranges, so if you want citrusy cookies you can throw those in there too.
grey_gazania: three pumpkins painted white and given ghost faces in a bed of orange leaves (pumpkin faces in the night)

[personal profile] grey_gazania 2010-10-26 05:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Ugh, I feel your pain; just finished my midterms last week. Good luck on yours!

I ended up adding 2 tbsp of orange juice and 1 tbsp vanilla instead of the orange zest, but thanks for the source!

[identity profile] 2010-10-26 05:28 pm (UTC)(link)
I added extra vanilla to mine too ehehee, I always do to cookies. And thanks, I'm literally in class right now reviewing for a big test on Thursday, DNW. And I've had like a bajillion papers so far. I am so excited for Halloween, it's like my reward after a week of fail.

[identity profile] 2010-10-29 05:16 am (UTC)(link)
So can we talk about how somehow I unfriended you!? I am so sorry! I never realised :/

[identity profile] 2010-10-29 05:19 am (UTC)(link)
:O Mystery! Don't worry lol I didn't realise either, I am so bad at noticing when blips like that happen, so since I didn't know I wasn't like WOE or anything over here. :3

Incidentally I was JUST thinking about you yesterday, it's like I summoned you back to my lj LOL. I met someone with a nose freakishly similar to yours and you just came flying into my head.

[identity profile] 2010-10-29 05:24 am (UTC)(link)
hahahahahahaha omg how crazy.
yeah, i'm just copying recipes into my new journal, & i came across the cookie recipe you posted last halloween, and I was like HEYYY