Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween Biscuits

The Scream

Happy Halloween! Here in the back of beyond we have an annual pumpkin carving competition on Halloween. So instead of trick or treating the children and some adults carve a pumpkin and leave it lit outside their houses and each year a different secret judge goes around judging the pumpkins and awards prizes. It is lovely to walk round  the village after dark seeing all the wonderful pumpkins.

For the last two years my husband has won the prize in the "I'm not telling you my age" category and felt under pressure to live up to his previous form. This year he created two amazing pumpkins but was pipped at the post by our next door neighbour with an impressive haunted house scene carved into a pumpkin. We did still manage to have a winning pumpkin in the household as my son came joint first with his 'brainless bully' pumpkin.

My creativity is kept firmly in the kitchen. I created a batch of Halloween biscuits for all the children visiting the pumpkins. My son enjoyed decorating the biscuits and eating them with all his friends.

Basic Butter Biscuits                   
  • 250g butter , softened
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 300g plain flour

  • Pre heat the oven to 180c

    Mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, then add the egg yolk and vanilla and briefly beat to combine. Sift over the flour and stir until the mixture is well combined - you might need to get your hands in at the end to give everything a really good mix and press the dough together.

    Roll out your dough on a floured board and cut into shapes of your choice. Place on a greased baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes until biscuits are light golden in colour. Decorate however you fancy!
    The brainless bully!


    1. Oh well done to you both. Mr Vander-Cave has lived up to his reputation. Looks like the locals have taken up the gauntlet this year and got creative!! Still all amazing though. Well done to you both (and the Jnr Vander Cave!!)

    2. Thanks Gem. I have a feeling next year Mr VC will come back fighting! x