Published Friday, October 16, 2020

Yum yum scary cookies

By Melissa Pette

Thanks to all the readers for your messages and especially to the expats who take their time to share their stories with me, as well as some homemade recipes. Like Joanne Pearson, who is inviting us to enjoy her delicious spooky cookie recipe.

Joanne allowed me to tell a bit about her story when she decided to live in Osa, shortly after retiring from her life career as a teacher at Mount Baker Secondary School, in British Columbia, Canada.

According to Joanne, keeping children active during quarantine is essential to maintaining a good physical and mental health. And Yum Yum Scary Cookies are very easy to prepare.

"The quarantine keeps families in their homes to fight this pandemic, it has caused kids to drastically reduce the time that in a normal circumstances they spent walking, running, playing or just have fun with their friends," Joanne said.

I'm sure we couldn't agree with her more.

For those who have kids, Joanne gives us a great idea to invest quality time with them and on the way make these sweet Halloween cookies. Let's go to the kitchen!

Witch's nails cookies

By Joanne Pearson
From Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
Living in Osa, Pacific Coast

To prepare 30 witch fingers the ingredients are:

150 grams  flour

110 grams of sugar

100 grams of butter

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon liquid vanilla

1/2 teaspoon  salt

30 almonds

First, in a bowl, filter or sift the flour with the help of a strainer, then add the salt and baking powder. Use a fork to mix.

In a large bowl, mix the egg, butter, vanilla and sugar. You can mix with a mixer or using your hands.

Then add the flour mixture that we made previously. Mix everything again until ingredients are combined and you get the dough.

Cover the container with a lid or a kitchen towel. Let it rest for 30 minutes to allow the baking powder work to make a fluffier dough.

After the dough has grown, gently remove it from the bowl and knead it with your hands for a couple of minutes.

Sprinkle a little flour on the table, spread the dough with the help of a rolling pin. Divide the dough into 30 balls.

Try to make a skinny creepy finger shape with each ball. That is easy, with a rounded tip knife (not sharp) make marks on the fingers. Imagine the witch's wrinkled fingers.

With the tip of the knife, press on the tip of the cookie to form the nail, then place an almond on top. Imagine that the almond is the witch's nail.

Then preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

On a baking sheet put special baking paper or aluminum foil.

Place the witch's fingers (slightly apart to prevent those from sticking).

Bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. If you want, you can sprinkle powdered chocolate to make them look like dirty fingers.

Let them cool before serving. They can last fresh and delicious for up to a week in a tupperware.

Itsy Bitsy spooky spider

By Melissa Pette

To prepare these finger-Lickin' spider cookies for 20 people the ingredients are:

125 grams of butter

250 grams of flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

70 grams of white sugar

10 grams of brown sugar

1 egg

1 bar of dark chocolate. Hershey's dark mildly sweet chocolate is perfect.

20 chocolate little balls. Do you remember the whoppers chocolate balls? I can't find those in Costa Rica, but Gallito or Nestle chocolate sports little balls works.

1 package of chocolate chip cookies

1 small package of white mini marshmallows

Making these sweet little spiders are so easy and funny for the little ones in the house. Be aware an adult must be in charge of the oven.

First, we cut the butter into cubes. In a large bowl, we add the butter, flour, a pinch of salt, egg and the two types of sugar. Mix with a mixer or using your hands until all the ingredients are integrated and form a smooth dough.

On the table, knead the dough a little bit more, for a couple of minutes, until any trace of flour disappears.

We put the dough in a bowl and cover with a lid. Leave it in the fridge for half an hour (not in the freezer).

Then divide the dough into 20 small balls. Put aluminum foil on the baking sheet. Put the balls on and remember to separate the balls a bit because they need room to grow.

With a small spoon, flatten the center of the dough ball. If you want, you can squish with your thumb. You must not make a hole. Just like a little nest.

Bake for 10 minutes at 180º C (with heat up and down).

Then, remove the cookies and very carefully press the center of the cookie a little more. Do not burn yourself.

Put the cookies back in the oven, at 180C for 10 more minutes or until cookies turn golden.

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool.

When cold, put the chocolate ball in the center of the cookie.

Cut a small piece out of one white mini marshmallow. The idea is to form the eye's iris. Wet one side of the circle with water and paste it on the chocolate ball. Repeat the action to form the second eye.

Break a cookie chocolate chip to remove the chips. Cut off the tip of one of the chips to form the pupil of the spider's eye. Dip two small chip tips in water. Paste the two chip tips onto the tiny circle of the marshmallow you earlier created. The idea is to make the pupil eye of the spider.

In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate bar for 2 minutes, or until it melted.

Using a small spoon, add the melted chocolate over the cookie, forming lines as the little spider legs.

Let the chocolate cold before serving the cookies.

Decorating the spider is the funnest part!

Pura Vida and Salud!

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