Halloween cookies make last-minute treat

October 31, 1990|By Sherrie Clinton | Sherrie Clinton,Evening Sun Staff

SURPRISE YOUR LITTLE goblins with these soft, chewy cookies. Each delicious cookie has a treat inside: a melted peanut butter cup. The cookies are simple to make because you only need two ingredients.

Peanut Butter Surprise

1 refrigerator roll of sugar or peanut butter "slice and bake" cookies

36 miniature peanut butter cup candies

Cut dough into nine equal slices; cut each slice into fourths. Put one piece in each muffin cup of greased miniature muffin tins. Bake at 375 degrees for ten minutes.

While they are in the oven, unwrap the candy. When the cookies are taken from the oven, immediately (this is important) press one candy into each cookie center.

Allow to cool in the pan for about ten minutes. Remove carefully and place on a paper towel until cool. Makes 36.

Trick or Treat Cookies

3/4 cup margarine or butter

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

Small gumdrops, chocolate-covered milk caramel balls or candy-coated peanuts

Orange glaze, recipe given

Chocolate-flavored sprinkles

In a bowl beat margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or till softened. Add about half of flour, the sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat till thoroughly combined. Then beat or stir in the remaining flour.

For each cookie, shape a level tablespoon of dough around a piece of candy to form a ball. Place one-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350-degree oven about 15 minutes or till edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned. Remove cookies and cool on a wire rack. Dip tops of cookies in orange glaze, then sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. If desired, serve cookies in small decorative paper cups.

Makes about 30 cookies.

Orange Glaze

In a mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients, adding milk drop by drop until glaze reaches right consistency.

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 drops yellow food coloring

1 drop red food coloring

4 to 5 teaspoons milk

Makes one-third cup.

-- Better Homes and Gardens Cookies

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