Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bugs

So tomorrow night we’ll be visited by trick-or-treaters. Or we better be after the effort we went to tonight to make scary cookies for them! So inspired by these peanut butter blossom spiders, I decided to make my own version (without nuts… after what I learned about trying to give kids nuts :S).

Now I’m not actually familiar with snickerdoodles, but I’ve heard lots about them on American TV shows. As trick-or-treating is very American… what better time to try them!

So the basic recipe comes form Cooks Illustrated (who else am I going to trust when it comes to American classic foods?).  But as I wanted pumpkin in there I swapped out some butter for pumpkin following the 1/2 and 1/2 rules in this post. En route to the changes I ended up mixing in all sorts of measurements… so that gave me:

  • 11 1/2 oz plain (AP) flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tatar
  • 1 tsp baking (bicarbonate of) soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 80g butter
  • 1/4 cup pumpin pureé
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening (Trex)
  • 10.5oz golden caster sugar
  • 2 medium (US large) eggs
  • For rolling
    • 3 tbsp sugar
    • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • For topping
    • 4 packs of Rolos
    • 2 packs of chocolate pretzels
    • Red and green sugar pearls

I was going to use a pumpkin spice mix from this post instead of just cinnamon for rolling… but I forgot!

Anyway… you basically make like a cake. Mix dry ingredients, cream the sugar, fats and pumpkin pureé, then add the eggs before mixing in the dry mix.

CameraZOOM-20131030194013120This gives a very stick, cakey mixture which I was tempted to add more flour to, but I resisted! This gets spooned into balls and rolled in the cinnamon sugar.

CameraZOOM-20131030195341771These go 9 to a tray (I’m expecting them to spread!).

CameraZOOM-20131030195959965Into the oven at 180c fan for 10 mins and them come out like little cakes.

CameraZOOM-20131030201236383I quickly add the Rolos so their bottoms will melt and stick them to the cookies.

CameraZOOM-20131030201338302Then the chocolate pretzels get broken up and make into legs. We were going to do spiders… but this turned out to be too many legs, so we dropped to 6 legs per cookies and decided they were bugs not spiders. This also meant we could drop the number of eyes down to two… which as they went on with tweezers was a relief!

CameraZOOM-20131030202721555It was then onto cooling racks to cool.


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