Monster cookies

A simple and fun recipe, Juliet Sear's monster cookies are great to bake with the kids this Halloween!

Monster Cookies Image credit: Juliet Sear
Brought to you by Juliet Sear

You'll need smarties with melted chocolate or black writing icing or shop-bought edible eyes for the decoration. I've used some white macaroni rods from Truly Sprinkles which I have snapped to make different-sized teeth, but you could also use white chocolate buttons cut into shards. - Juliet Sear.

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Ingredients

  • 125g salted butter, softened, at room temperature
  • 75g light muscovado sugar
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 180g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150g chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (I used white)
  • Food colouring gels of your choice

Instructions

1
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4 and line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment or greaseproof paper.
2
Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together in a stand mixer with the paddle beater on medium speed until pale and fluffy, or this can be done by hand in a bowl with a wooden spoon. Reduce the speed and beat in the egg until combined. Tip in the flour and baking powder and mix on slow until combined and you have a sticky dough.
3
Split the dough into bowls and tint with some strong food colouring gel - I have used green, orange and purple for these monsters. Drop in the chocolate chunks and mix on slow just to distribute a bit.
4
Grab a large walnut-sized piece of dough with a few chocolate chunks in and roll into a ball. It's pretty sticky and a good tip is to dampen your hands first as this helps to roll it without sticking too much. Line the balls up on the trays. They will flatten and spread into a large disc about double the size, so allow plenty of space between them.
5
Bake for 10-12 minutes, pressing down gently to help flatten with a spatula about halfway through, then bake until the cookies are lightly golden around the edges but are still a bit squidgy in the centre.
6
Press the smarties or eyes and teeth into the cookies while still warm to create the googly eyes, then allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes before eating. These will keep for up to five days in an airtight container or tin.
Last updated one month ago

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