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10/29/2009

Spooky Halloween Trees

We are going to be decorating these cookies in my Tricks & Treats Worshop later today. I am baking them at home so they will have time to cool.


Cookie:
1 ½ cup AP Flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup unsalted butter softened
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
3 or 4 tbs half and half

Decorations:
Black licorice twists (I found chocolate Twizzlers at Target), Halloween sprinkles and or colored sugar

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

Combine ½ cup butter and sugar in a large bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour mixture. Beat until well mixed.

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate until firm at least 2 hours or quick chill in the freezer.

Heat oven to 325. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface, one-half at a time, (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to a 12x7 rectangle. Trim edges if necessary. Cut each rectangle in half lengthwise with a pizza cutter or sharp knife. Make 5 crosswise cuts in each half, 2 inches apart, creating 12 (3x2 inch) rectangles. Place rectangles 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. (I like using parchment)

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or just until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.

Combine all the frosting ingredients in a medium bowl, adding enough half and half for desired spreading consistency. Beat at low speed until well mixed.

Cut licorice twist into 3 inch lengths. Cut slits on 1 end of the licorice using a sharp knife or kitchen shears to within 1 inch of the other end to form tree with 3 or 4 branches. Carefully bend or peel apart branches.

Work with 2 or 3 cookies at a time so frosting doesn’t harden. Frost cookies; place licorice tree onto frosting. Sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles or colored sugars, if desired.

1 comment:

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Seriously these are the coolest cookies I've ever seen!! My husband loves trees and tree symbolism, he would LOVE these!! They are too cute :) thanks for the inspiration to make some awesome cookies for the fam :)

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