Autumn Recipe: Jack O’Lantern Cookies

Don't be scared. It's only a cookie.

Don't be scared. It's only a cookie.

Mocha Cookies

The Ingredients

8 oz. (1 stick) butter or butter substitute. (I use Earth Balance)

1 ½ cups sugar

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup water

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1 egg

3 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

 

The Process

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line cookie sheets with parchment.

  1. In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, combine vanilla, espresso powder, and water. Stir to make sure espresso powder is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until butter lightens.
  3. Scrape the bowl. Add the egg and corn syrup and mix on medium speed until combined.
  4. Scrape bowl, add water / vanilla/ espresso mixture, and mix on medium speed until combined.
  5. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Add to mixing bowl, and mix on low until combined.
  6. Working in small batches, roll dough on floured board to 1/8” thin. Cut with cookie cutters, transfer to parchment lined cookie sheets, sprinkle with sugar, bake for 7 to 8 minutes.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on racks.
  8. When cool, fill with buttercream (recipe below.) To make S’mores, using a spoon, paint the bottom cookie with melted chocolate, allow to cool. Then add 1 teaspoon of orange-tinted Italian meringue or Marshmallow Fluff. Top with another cookie.

Simple Buttercream

The Ingredients

1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter

2-3 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon vanilla

The Process

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, 1 tablespoon of milk, vanilla, and sugar until creamy.
  2. If necessary add the remainder of the milk until frosting is spreadable.
  3. To tint the frosting orange, add 12 drops of yellow food coloring and 4 drops of red food coloring. Repeat this step until the color is as intense as you want it.
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