I used Martha Stewart's recipe (found here). I have reprinted below with my changes in red.
- 1 1/2 cups plain flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) (170g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- Small candies or sprinkles, for decorating (optional) (smarties)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (190 degrees celsius - I did fan forced). In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg. On low speed, mix in flour mixture. Divide dough in half, and form into 2 disks, each about 3/4 inch thick. Wrap disks in plastic; chill until firm, at least 45 minutes and up to 2 days. (I didn't have 45 minutes so I did 10 minutes in the freezer).
- On a lightly floured sheet of waxed paper, using a floured rolling pin, roll dough 1/2 inch thick. (If dough becomes too soft to work with, refrigerate for a few minutes.)
- Using 2- to 3-inch Halloween cookie cutters, cut out shapes, dipping cutters in flour as necessary to prevent sticking; place on a baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.
- Bake until surface is dry to the touch, 10 to 15 minutes (if decorating, press candies into dough halfway through baking). Cool cookies 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheet; transfer to a rack to cool completely.
And this is the result:
And this was a happy afternoon tea:
And here was my Halloween in 1986 (I am the hunchback):
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween.