Bakery, Cookies, Desserts

Witches’ Brooms

6 Comments 28 September 2012

Since this weekend officially brings us into October, we thought what better way to greet it than with Halloween cookies. I’ve had a Betty Crocker cookie book waiting in the wings since last year and was pretty stoked to give this cute idea a try. While the more decorative recipes can sometimes feel tedious and more like a chore, these were pretty easy. And really darn cute, if we do say so ourselves.

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We thought this was a weird cookie recipe when we realized it has no eggs in it, but whatevs – carry on!

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So the dough is simply flour, butter, brown sugar, a little water and vanilla. It’s not at all sticky and rolls into balls very easily with no need to refrigerate first.

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It’s easiest if you roll out all your cookie balls and cut the pretzel rods, which will form the broom handles, first. That way you’re all ready to assemble but you can also feel pleased at being so organized.

Yes, this is the only time I’m ever pleased about being organized. I’m never organized otherwise. *shoulder pat*

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First you take one of the cookie balls and press it onto the pretzel handle. It’s not necessary to wrap it all the way around the pretzel, just flatten the ball onto it. Once you’re happy with your broom shape, use a fork to press the bristle shapes into the cookie. You might need to reshape the cookie a little again after using the fork.

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The cookies are now baked and surprisingly enough, with no eggs or rising agent, they still spread a little in the oven, so be prepared for that and make sure you space them apart at least an inch.

After they’ve cooled, melt your chocolate chips and drizzle a good amount onto the top of each cookie, overlapping onto the pretzel handles. You could even come up a little more on the handles than we did if you wanted to.

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The last assembly step is to drizzle melted butterscotch chips over the chocolate. It wasn’t wanting to drizzle very well and we ended up adding a little shortening to it. This helped, but it still wasn’t quite the right drizzling consistency. Just do your best. Put them in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour to help the chocolate set up.

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These are super easy and therefore a great, fun option to do with the kiddos. And not only are they cute, but they’re tasty, too. As usual, I took my portion to work where they were declared pretty darn good. They lasted pretty well, too, for a couple days after, but serve them by the next day to get the most out of them taste and texture-wise. Ours turned out nice and soft on the cookie portion, which is perfect.

Hope these get your Halloween preparations and thoughts off to a good start! Enjoy.

Witches’ Brooms

from Betty Crocker

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: about 12 minutes per cookie sheet   Level: easy    Makes: about 20 cookies

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 10 pretzel rods, about 8 1/2 inches long, cut crosswise in half
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • Butterscotch-flavored chips, melted

Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix brown sugar, butter, water and vanilla in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into twenty 1 1/4-inch balls.

Bake about 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes.

Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place brooms on waxed paper. Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth; remove from heat. Spoon melted chocolate over brooms, leaving about 1 inch at top of pretzel handle and bottom halves of cookie bristles uncovered. Drizzle with melted butterscotch chips. Let stand until chocolate is set or place cookies in fridge to help the chocolate set up, thirty minutes to an hour.


Not much else to add, really. Easy, cute, fun for the kids – that about covers it!

Well, one thing – if you can’t get butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips would work just as well. Also, we did use our electric stand mixer, but you should be able to mix it all with a spoon with no problems.

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  1. So cute, I’m going to link to these in my Halloween Recipe Round-Up!

  2. gghie says:

    This is so cute!
    I’m glad I found your awesome blog. We were both featured at at the same time.
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