Halloween 2015 – Our Pumpkin edition…

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So this last Halloween I tried quite a few Halloween items. You saw my skull cake already but I had a few more treats up my sleeve.

This Halloween, I was invited to a totally different Halloween party.  Nobody dressed up. But we did dress up some pumpkins and of course, I brought along some cute tasty ones as well.

Welcome to our Pumpkin party 2015!

Pumpkin Party 2015
Behold our victims… Innocently unaware of their impending doom.

 

Of course, with our party, we had to have creepy Halloween drinks made by our in-house drink master.

A half complete pumpkin enjoying his creepy drink...
A half complete pumpkin enjoying his creepy drink…
Guess what the secret ingredient is?
That drink had quite a kick… I wonder why…

 

And of course I couldn’t go empty handed… Desserts were as usual on me and I brought us some jack-o-lanterns in line with the theme of the party and some creepy eyeballs!

Smiling Pumpkins
Jack-o-lantern Cookies

 

 

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I think Mr Pumpkin approves…
Creepy eyeballs!
Creepy eyeballs!

 

I think these two items might become my Halloween staples. They are a little tedious to make but the results are oh so worth it. Drop me a mail if you want to know how I made the eyeballs. It’s a little long to do it in this post. If there’s enough requests, I might do a tutorial!  Basically though, I made them with cider and konniyaku jelly powder. A good friend of mine once made eyeballs with lychee and raisins I believe. You can do that if you want eyeballs in a pinch. I wanted the eyeballs a little more convincing so I did them gooey.

I do want to share the awesome cookie recipe I used though for the jack-o-lantern cookies. I think I’ll keep this recipe forever. They are a cross between a cookie and a brownie. Tasted phenomenal.

 

Cut-Out Cookies Recipe

1 cup butter (227g)
350 light brown sugar (abt 1.5 to 2 cups)
2 eggs
3 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups plain flour (384g)
1 tsp baking powder
12 tbsp cocoa powder (88g)

  1. Cream butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy; add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Mix in the vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa powder and baking powder; add and mix well. Wrap dough in waxed paper and chill for 2 hours.
    * If you’re in a hurry, pop it in the freezer for half an hour.
    * I split the dough into two plastic bags when I packed it in. This is important if you put the dough into the freezer instead of the fridge cause it will probably be a little harder to split if it gets frozen.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Divide dough in half. Roll out each half to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with desired shaped cookie cutters. Place on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes.
    * In Singapore, the weather is really warm so the dough goes soft really quickly which isn’t a problem with normal shapes. However if you’re doing something intricate like the jack-o-lantern face where there are thin areas, they break really easily or go out of shape pretty quickly.
    *
    I split the dough into 2 bags. You can probably cut out your dough only once before they go soft. So cut out what you want then roll the rest into a ball and pop them into the fridge and take out the other bag. I alternated rolling them out, cutting and putting them in the fridge until the dough was used up. 
    * When doing intricate designs, do work very very quickly. I managed to get my first face only on my 3rd try. So don’t worry if you can’t seem to get those designs off your board.
    * I used a combination of slow picking up of corners and using a flat spatula to pick the pieces up then popped them upside down on my palm then plopping them on the baking sheets.
    *If you’re really having trouble, I recommend rolling out the dough, cutting out the shapes then chill it for about 10 mins before you try popping them out of the dough.
     

As for the icing, you can use any frosting or icing recipe you want. I creamed together 185g butter, 280g icing sugar, 2 tbsp milk and a few drops of orange oil. I didn’t have milk on hand so I actually used water. If you want, you could also use orange juice. If you can, put in some orange zest too. It will boost the taste.

*I brought these cookies in a container layered with baking paper and brought the icing in a sealed piping bag. When I got to the party, I simply cut the tip of the bag and assembled the cookies. It takes almost no time at all and it ensures your cookies don’t get squished or messy.

I’ll recommend this cookie recipe for any occasion. They taste awesome plain too!

So here’s what came out of the party.

Inny miny miney moe... Which one do you think I carved?
Inny miny miney moe… Which one do you think I carved?

 

Boo! They look even better at night!
Boo! They look even better at night!

 

Pretty awesome aren’t they? They turned out so much better than i expected. So gorgeous!

So which pumpkin do you think is mine? I’ll love to hear your guesses in the comments below!