Halloween is just around the corner. Everyone knows it’s all candy all the time this time of year, but the fun of all that sugar buzz feeling fades probably around the time you stop Trick or Treating. I’d like to think these Spooky Witch Hat Cookies are just cute and playful enough to bridge Halloween candy into something a bit more grown up.
The inspiration for these cookies came from Pinterest. Sadly, I can’t even find the original pin. But in the suggestion, it recommended using those Keebler fudge cookies with chocolate stripes on one side and chocolate coating on the bottom. And then adding the Hershey’s kiss from there.
But let’s be honest, that doesn’t seem like much fun.
So I decided to whip up some homemade chocolate shortbread cookies to serve as the bottom of the witches hat. Then I just used food coloring in leftover frosting to make it Halloween colors and piped a dollop of frosting to attach each kiss as the pointy part of the ‘hat’ to the flat rimmed ‘bottom.’
Things didn’t go quite as planned. The chocolate shortbread recipe I initially found seemed a little bit off. It only had flour, butter, sugar and cocoa. My suspicions were confirmed when I started mixing it and the dough just wouldn’t come together. And I realized it was because there wasn’t really anything holding it together.
So I added one egg. And not only did it come together, it was super sticky and messy – not at all the kind of dough you can roll out using a rolling pin.
I chilled it overnight like the recipe recommended, but to no avail. Rolling it out required lots of flour to prevent it from sticking. It also took a while to get into the grove baking them because the dough was so fussy. Ultimately, I found brushing them with a little bit of milk on top improved their texture. Then I used the flatter side of the cookie – the one that had been on the cookie sheet – as the surface for the Hershey’s kiss.
I’ll continue to search for a good chocolate shortbread recipe, but these ultimately turned out well enough to savor and enjoy. I’m sure there are endless ways to make witch hat cookies, using any kind of chocolate cookie as a base and then just a bit of frosting plus Hershey’s kisses.
Overall, I think they’re a fun cookie for a Halloween party and probably fun for kids too. (They can unwrap the kisses, trust me, they’ll be occupied for a while.)
How will you be celebrating Halloween this year? I know I’m
binging on regretting the Halloween candy we bought.