Monday, 31 October 2011
Cookie Carnival - Fudgy Mummies
I've been a very bad Cookie Carnival baker! I have quite a stack of cookie recipes piling up to bake from this event but I couldn't resist this month's challenge which was actually for Fudgy Cats ... owing to not having the correct sized cookie cutter I decided to improvise and then the creative juices started to flow and I ended up with Fudgy Mummies, just right for handing out to any guisers who may call.
175g plain flour
75g unsweetened cocoa powder (I used some of the red cocoa powder again)
1/4 tsp salt
430g caster sugar
227g butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 a batch of vanilla buttercream
Small chocolate drops for eyes
Line a 38 x 25 x 2.5cm baking pan with foil. Grease the foil; set the pan aside.
In a small mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the caster sugar and melted butter. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until combined.
Spread evenly into the prepared pan. Bake in a 175C oven for 25 mins or until a toothpick inserted near the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill for 3 to 24 hours.
Uncover the brownie layer and lift it from the pan using the foil. Cut into mummy shapes using a gingerbread cutter.
Using a plain nozzle fitted to a piping bag, pipe zig zags over the mummies to make 'bandages'. Place on two chocolate drops for eyes and voilà you have fudgy mummies!
Makes 9 medium sized mummies
Adapted from the Cookie Carnival recipe of the month via Midwest Living
I changed the recipe slightly to make it my own, replacing the cinnamon with extra vanilla and omitting the cocoa / icing sugar coating for the buttercream. Hubby found the brownie mixture too dark for his tastes, until he tried an actual mummy complete with bandages, the sweetness of the buttercream helps to balance out the darkness of the cocoa powder. Hopefully we get some guisers tonight to pass them out to ... we didn't get any last night but as we were locking up for bed I discovered that the buzzer had been set to silent! Oopsie!