Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Witches' Broom Cookies

Bear with me, I'm in a cutesy Halloween baking mood. These came from Betty Crocker and were too adorable to pass up making!


1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2 Tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/8 tsp salt
pretzel sticks/rods (*see note)

2 tsp shortening
2/3 cup chocolate chips
butterscotch chips, optional

Preheat the oven to 350°. Mix the brown sugar, water, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add the flour and salt, mixing until the dough resembles coarse crumbs. It should hold together when squeezed with your fingers.

Shape dough into twenty 1 1/2 inch balls. Press onto the ends of each pretzel stick/rod. (Note: I purchased pretzel "dipping sticks" which were about 4" long and the perfect size. If you are using full-sized pretzel rods, break them in half.) Shape the dough ball into a broom shape, and use a fork to create "bristles."

Bake for about 12 minutes, not allowing them to brown. Remove from the cookie sheet and let cool.

Place the cooled cookies on wax paper. Over a double-boiler melt the chocolate and shortening. Spoon chocolate over the brooms, "sealing" the part where the pretzel meets the cookie. Optional: drizzle with melted butterscotch chips.



Tips:
  • I read in some of the reviews that these do not keep well. In a closed container the cookie moisture tends to make the pretzels stale. These are best eaten day-of. (Don't mind if I do...)
  • This would be a great recipe for kids to make with you. There are no raw eggs in the batter so it's safe for little mouths to "taste test."

8 comments:

Kristina @ spabettie said...

these are SO cute! I love salty pretzels with sweet chocolate! YUM

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Those are adorable!

Dawn aka TheMadWifey said...

OMG Christina these are so adorable! Nothing better than salty pretzles and chocolate!

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

These are SO cute! What a great idea! And they sound delicious too.

Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen said...

Those are adorable! I love fun food!

Jenn@slim-shoppin said...

So cute Christina! My office is doing a Halloween cooking contest tomorrow, so I've been doing a lot of research!

I've never seen those before!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

So adorable! I love every holiday just because it's an excuse to make themed baked goodies!

errign said...

Usedddd to make these alllll the time! Cute :)