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TRICK OR TREAT? FRANCESCA’S HALLOWEEN COOKIES

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

Are you getting ready for next week? These spooky cookies are sure to go down a treat with children at Halloween. I’m sure they will also love to get involved with making them too. My 1year old son goes in his play kitchen and starts doing what I do! Simply bake cookies in suitable Halloween shapes and decorate with colored sugarpaste. For more realism, try adding a bit of texture to the icing before it dries.

225 g of butter at room temperature 110 g caster sugar 275 g plain flour pinch of salt ground spices or vanilla (optional). Preheat oven to 180C . Make the dough: In a medium bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Add vanilla or spices (if using). Reduce speed and gradually add flour and salt and beat until a dough forms. Divide the dough in half. Between 2 sheets of floured parchment paper, roll one half of the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter and repeat with remaining half of dough. Reroll dough scraps and cut more cookies.

Bake and cool the cookies: Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake just until golden brown — 10 to 12 minutes. Carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

HALLOWEEN CUPCAKES

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Francesca Lanni

Warning: it’s going to be Halloween soon.  My sons have their scary masks ready and we just need to bake scary cakes now.  This cupcake recepie is light and tender, with the perfect balance of pumpkin and fall spices.  I have made them with white chocolate cream cheese frosting before but I think I prefer them this way, with just a thin spread of classic cream cheese frosting so the cake is really the star. Continue Reading →