Chocolate Orange Spider Cookies

It's only a few weeks away until Halloween - so that means watching lots of horror films, pumpkin carving, decorating your home with spooky decor and doing a spot of Halloween themed baking. Although I'm not the best baker in the world, I do love to incorporate my creativity and create something new that I haven't seen before into my baking. These spider cookies are based on a simple cookie recipe with a vibrant chocolate orange twist; perfect for Halloween parties and great snacks to have whilst watching your favourite horror films. You can have a lot of fun experimenting with different shapes and flavours too; how about bright orange pumpkin spice cookies, mint choc chip witch shaped cookies or white chocolate ghost cookies? 

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
2. The first step to creating these delicious cookies is to beat 125g of butter and 175g of caster sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix until smooth and creamy in consistency.
3. Next, slowly sift 225g of plain flour, add 2 teaspoons of baking powder, the zest of 2 oranges and 1 tablespoon of orange juice to the bowl and mix well.
4. Once you have worked the mixture together to form a stiff paste, roll out the cookie dough to about 1 cm thick on a lightly floured surface.
5. Using a cookie cutter, cut out your cookies and place carefully onto the baking trays, ensuring they are evenly spread apart (makes 12 large cookies or 20 small cookies).
6. Bake your cookies one tray at a time for 15 mins. Once baked, leave to cool completely.
7. Whilst the cookies are cooling, melt 2 bars of chocolate and put to one side. You can also make the spiders eyes and mouth with fondant icing simply by rolling it into shape.
8. Now that your cookies have cooled, it's time to start transforming your biscuits into scary spiders! Dip your cookies in the melted chocolate until completely covered. 
9. To complete your chocolate orange spider cookies, add on the fondant eyes and mouth and the chocolate orange matchmakers for creepy crawly legs.

Top tips.
1. For a vibrant, bold colour, use two tubes of food colouring. I used one tube of orange food colouring, but I think another tube would have made the cookies more striking!
2. It doesn't matter if your cookies are different shapes and sizes, this just adds to the character of your spooky/cute spiders. You can use different cookie cutters too.
3. If you want to stick the matchmakers to the cookies, wait for the chocolate to cool completely before sticking to the back with either melted chocolate or icing sugar. 
4. If you prefer your cookies to be soft and gooey in the middle, bake them for a few minutes less. Doing it this way avoids more mess!
5. Be wary that the cookies will double in size whilst in the oven. Choose a cookie cutter that is half the size of how big you want your cookies to be.

Will you be doing any baking this Halloween?

I have been nominated in the dotcomgiftshop Blog Awards - I would love for you to vote for me in the lifestyle category! (vote here)

No comments

Post a Comment

Professional Blog Designs by pipdig