Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween I: Spoooky Ghost Cookies and Swamp Thing Wings


It's the best holiday all year. It's a time when you can dress up as anything that you want and are allowed to take candy from strangers. What could possibly be wrong with that?

Well if you live in the northeast, you'll know that we got snowed on which was not so Halloweeny. But that didn't stop me from making a couple of themed treats for Sunday Snack Day. We didn't actually watch any football because the Packers had a bi-week (is that even how you spell that?). I mean... I don't ever watch any football, but regardless.

I made some rolled sugar cookies with frosting in the shape of Spoooooky ghosts and tasty pumpkins. These were supposed to be for a party that got snowed out and Nathan and I did not eat all of them!

We also had some swamp thing wings which were good... though I think I might make them less swamp thingy next time!

Sugar Cookies with Frosting

some of my best attempts at frosting


1 1/2 Cups softened butter
2 1/4 Cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
5 Cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 Cup powdered sugar


Cream the sugar and butter together. Add eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix flour and baking powder together. Slowly add the flour into the butter mixture. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight. I would wrap it in 4 separate balls, that way when you are rolling out dough, you can keep the dough you're not working with chilled.

Preheat your oven to 400. I actually did it to 395 because my oven runs a little hot, and I find that if I put it as hot as baked goods call for they always burn on the bottoms.

Roll out your dough on a piece of parchment paper to about 1/4 inch (this will make a soft cookie, roll thinner if you want it to be crisp).  This dough is pretty sticky so "flour" your parchment paper etc. with the powdered sugar. The dough is not super sweet, so the extra sugar is nice and also won't make your cookies extra floury.

Use a cutter of your choice and cut your cookies all at once. Peel away the excess dough. Move the parchment paper to your cookie sheet. This keeps your cookies from getting misshapen when you transfer them.

Bake about 5 minutes until the bottoms are lightly browned.

Sugar Cookie Frosting

haunted pumpkin patch

1 Cup powdered sugar
2 tsp milk
1 T corn syrup
extract of your choice (or none)
food colorings of choice

This is about 1/5 of the frosting you will need for the dough above. I made a bunch of small batches to make the different colors.


Mix all ingredients until smooth. Add more corn syrup to make more liquid, more sugar to make more solid. This is about right for the main portion of cookie. For details, make thicker

Spread with a knife or pipe with decorator tips. Allow to harden. Cookies can be stacked once hardened.

Swamp Thing Wings
these would look more appetizing without the food dye...

Package raw chicken wings, separated at joint, discard or save wing tips for stock
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 inch fresh ginger grated
2 cloves garlic minced
1 T oyster sauce
1/4 tsp black food dye
1 T cornstarch (optional)

Mix together all ingredients. Add chicken. Let marinade for at least an hour (I think overnight would be better), stirring periodically.

Heat a wok or deep skillet. Add in chicken, reserving marinade. Stir until chicken is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

If you'd like a thicker sauce, add cornstarch to reserved marinade. Stir into the hot wok until sauce is thickened.

These are really messy and honestly look kinda gross... but it's Halloween and that's kind of the point right? If I had any, I would have sprinkled some sliced scallions on top of these before serving. They do make a spoooky appetizer!

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