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Easy Halloween cookies

Get the kids excited for Halloween with these scary bat and spider cookies. Complete with ‘squashed flies’ made from chocolate chips, they’ll be a big hit.

STEP 1

Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4, and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugars together with an electric whisk up until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat again to integrate. Stir in the flour and baking powder with a wooden spoon until you have a stiff dough, then fold in the chocolate chips.

STEP 2 Divide the dough into 20 pieces and roll into balls. Set up on

the ready baking sheets, well spaced out so there’s area for spreading(you might require to bake them in batches ). Press the tops of the cookies down very a little using the palm of your hand or the bottom of a glass. Bake the cookies for 10-12 mins till golden around the edges, then leave to cool on the baking sheets for 10 mins. Transfer to cake rack and leave to cool completely.

STEP 3 To make the spider cookies, lay 10 of the cooled cookies out in front of you. Spoon the melted chocolate into a piping bag and the royal icing into another, then snip off completions using scissors. Pipeline a dot of royal icing onto the back of two Maltesers, and organize these onto among the cookies to produce the head and body of the spider. Repeat with the remaining 9 cookies and the rest of the Maltesers. Pipe 8 spider legs around the bodies of the spiders utilizing the chocolate. Pipeline 2 little dots of royal icing onto the heads to develop eyes, then pipe extremely small dots of chocolate over the eyes to develop pupils. If you like, embellish the bodies with the royal icing.

STEP 4 To make the bat cookies, lay the remaining 10 cookies out in front of you. Different the cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies, and carefully scrape the cream filling off the chocolate cookie pieces. Cut the chocolate cookie pieces into semicircles using a small serrated knife. Stick a caramel-filled chocolate onto the middle of each cooled cookie utilizing the royal icing, then utilize a bit more to stick a chocolate cookie semicircle on either side of the chocolates to make the bat wings. Pipeline eyes onto the chocolates utilizing the royal icing and melted chocolate.

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