Sometimes on the weekends I really like to go all out with my baking. Complex cakes and candies, recipes which require the type of specific adherence to directions that take hours and your total concentration. This is not one of those weekends.
Most of the time (like while 28 weeks pregnant and EXHAUSTED) I can seriously appreciate a recipe I can start, finish, and clean up after all before Josie wakes up from her morning nap.
We have an upcoming little kids Halloween party at a friends house, so here's what I found - The perfect low maintenance cookies to make in under an hour. Almost too cute to eat!
Remember these little wafer cookies? I don't think I've had one since I was a child, but upon taste test inspection - they're just as crispy and sugary as I remembered! I picked up a package of Vanilla and Chocolate, but any flavor would work just as well.
I picked up these adorable little Wilton Candy Eyeballs weeks ago, knowing I would find something fun to do with them- and boy was I right! I may have picked up 2 packages, because they are just too cute - so expect another candy eyed treat coming soon :)
Anytime you're dealing with a recipe calling for a melted chocolate or candy substance, it is very important to have everything measured, or in this case ready for dipping and decorating, before you start. Melting chocolate is a touchy business, and you need to act quick while using it before it starts to cool and solidify. And word of caution - reheating chocolate rarely goes well.
I laid out my wafers onto my silicone baking mats to prevent the chocolate from sticking to the cookie sheet (although parchment paper would also work). I then grabbed my chocolate and white chocolate chips, along with my Wilton icing colors to have ready. I absolutely recommend these icing colors if you ever ice your own cakes, cupcakes, cookies, etc. You can create the perfect color saturation in your icing that you're looking for, rather than settling for whichever color stores offer.
I used Nestle white chocolate chips, and Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips for my dipping sauces. However this is as open ended as it can get - any flavor or chocolate variety would work great! I heated each bowl separately at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth. I then added the food coloring to the white chocolate quickly using a toothpick dipped into the color and then stirring into the bowl. (I made the white chocolate first and sacrificed a picture for the sake of hurrying - white chocolate hardens faster than dark!)
The final result of my dipping! Clearly these are in no way perfect - nor did I want them to be! This cookie is all about fun, so I didn't stress too much about accuracy with my dipping. I just made sure to get both sides, covering about 1/3 of each cookie.
Moving quickly before the chocolate dried, I pressed the Candy Eyeballs into the cookie. On a few I tried out some sprinkles too!
Once the chocolate had mostly solidified, I used a Wilton Black Gel Tube because I was feeling lazy and not trying to make my own black icing for an EASY cookie :)
The tip of the tube allowed me the accuracy to draw my like franken-faces! I am no expert decorator - but, messy as they look, I am in love with how they turned out!
Next up were my little mummy treats! I took a bag of sweetened coconut flakes and mixed in a tooth pick of green food coloring, just as I did with the chocolate. Then, using a fork I mixed the coconut around until it was a uniform green hue.
Before they had solidified, I sprinkled the coconut liberally over the chocolate - and voilà!
I had the idea of add coconut simply because of my love of the two flavors together (dark chocolate & coconut - give me more!) However these cookies have endless possibilities! No food coloring? No problem - Halloween sprinkles are everywhere these days! White chocolate, some candy eyes with some orange and black sprinkles would look fab! Oreos sitting in your cabinet? Mash them up and sprinkle the crumbs over chocolate!
Get creative! I would love to hear from anyone making these about your ideas on how to decorate them and make them uniquely yours! Thanks for reading!