Halloween is one of my absolute favorite days of the year! I love everything about it, with the exception of clown costumes and masks. I hate masks. I love the colors of the season, and even the gross aspects (Have you seen all the gummy bugs, bloody dismembered body parts and candy eyeballs lining the candy aisles at Target? Ewww and awesome all at the same time!) I also love Halloween parties and how creative you can be with the food!
This year we’ll be spending Halloween in Disney World, so we wont be going to any parties (other than my cousin’s Halloween themed wedding!) but I still wanted to have a little Halloween baking fun at home!
After seeing cookie cup recipes all over pinterest I decided to try them myself! By filling them with tapioca pudding I made the cutest (in my opinion) Halloween dessert; little witches cauldrons!
I wont lie, there was some trial and error with the cookie cups. I tried making them by wrapping the cookie dough on the reverse side of the cupcake pan, and the results were scarier than a herd of hungry zombies. I scrapped that plan (and ate the actual scraps) and headed back to the internet to find my Plan B.
The next plan worked!! I used pre-made dark chocolate cookie dough because it was easier, and I’d cry a lot less if I wasted that than if I wasted a whole batch of homemade dough!
I broke the cookie squares apart and then rolled two squares together into one ball. I put each ball into a silicone cupcake liner, in the cupcake pan (I did this for ease of removal!)
I baked the cookies at 350* for approximately 16 minutes (Until the edges are starting to get crisp) I then used a small glass to press into the cookie and create the bowl shape.
The cookies may be a little bit soft in the middle, if they are still too gooey for your liking you can pop them back into the over until they are cooked they way you like them. Once cooled, pop the cups out of the silicone liners and put on a plate.
Now it’s time to add the pudding! I used tapioca because I thought it would look more bubbly, like witches brew, but you could also use vanilla pudding if you prefer. I added in a few drops of neon green food coloring, mixed it up, and scooped it into the cookie cups!
They looked creepy, but I wanted to add more spooky elements! (because it’s not a Halloween dessert without some level of creepiness!) I had picked up some candy eyes (eye of newt, anyone?) and some festive Halloween sprinkles to add to the top.
And with those little touches, my cookie cauldrons were complete! I only wish I’d thought to add a little pretzel stick to “stir” the brew!
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing…”
I was so happy with how they came out, and wish we had an event to bring them to, although, Dave was perfectly happy to eat them all himself!
Do you have a special Halloween dessert that you make?