Witch's Cauldron Halloween Cookies
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Witch’s Cauldron Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar

Today we have a confluence of events almost as spectacular as the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse this past week (I hope you got to see it where ever you live, I thought it was pretty spectacular!):

    • October 1st is National Homemade Cookie Day.
    • October is National Cookie Month, National Dessert Month and National Caramel Month – which go perfectly with my cookie.
    • Our Fill the Cookie Jar theme is Halloween or other Fall treat.

Put all of those things together and you get these SpoOKy (or not) Witch’s Cauldron Cookies…

Witch's Cauldron Halloween cookies


 

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”
-Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

If Halloween isn’t your thing, leave off the candies, maybe add some nuts, and the Chocolate Caramel Cups would be equally delicious.

I saw these in a cookbook I have had for awhile, and thought they would be fun and easy.

Who knew the hardest part would be finding the licorice whips for the pot handle. I tried at least three stores and struggled to even find black licorice! Red vines and Twizzlers galore, but no skinny black whips. What’s the matter with these kids today, don’t they like the flavor of licorice?!

Ugh! I had no choice but to cut down some black licorice sticks. I was about to grab a pack when I spied the “chocolate” flavored ones and I noticed my husband’s eyes light up as he ogled them, so I grabbed those instead. Truthfully I think it was a far better flavor choice than if I’d use licorice, but they were not quite as cute as if I’d found the whips.

The eyes are readily available a number of places and I happened to have a few packs on hand. And I was THRILLED to find bone and bat candies with the Halloween baking supplies at Target (not a sponsor of the post, just telling you where I found the goods.)

 

Witch’s Cauldron Cookies

Serves 36
Prep time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Halloween
From book 3 Books in 1: Silly Snacks, Classroom Treats, Cookie Dough Fun
Cauldron Cookies - chocolate and caramel cauldron's filled with candy eyes, bones and bats for a spooky Halloween treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups butter (salted)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packet caramel candies (about 14 ounces) (unwrapped)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • candies for decorations (eyes, bones, bats, mini M&Ms, etc.)
  • black licorice whips

Note

Black licorice whip was impossible to find locally for me, so I cut chocolate flavored licorice very thinly with kitchen shears for the pot handles.

 

Note that the long preparation time includes 1 hour and 15 minutes for chilling.

Directions

Combine flour and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl cream flour and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until mixed.
Add flour mixture and blend on low until just combined. Chill dough for at least 1 hour until firm.
Place a ball of about 1 tablespoon dough into each hole of a mini muffin pan. Press down in the bottom and up the sides. Chill for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F while dough is chilling.
Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes until puffy. Remove from oven, press down in the center and return to the oven for 1 minute.
Cool cookies in the muffin tin for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
While cookies are cooling. Melt the caramels and milk in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
Pour caramel into the center of the cookies, add a piece of licorice whip for the pot handle, and a few candy ingredients in the pot.

 

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Until next time, spooky eating!
~Audrey

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38 thoughts on “Witch’s Cauldron Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar”

  1. Looks cute ,Audrey 🙂 I love anything Caramel. I will just gobble it if these cookies were near me 😉 Another great week with you at #HomeMattersParty .

    1. I love having my son help in the kitchen. Someday soon, I am hoping he will take over for me so I can blog and he can cook (and clean?)

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