Halloween and I really shouldn’t jive. Orange is not a great color on me, I hate spiders, and you cannot pay me enough to watch a scary movie.
On the other hand, I love pumpkin, I have a weakness for candy, and I adore watching all the kids dress up in fun costumes.
I just love it. I’ve always loved it. And since having my own kids, it ranks right up there with Thanksgiving. And that’s saying a lot.
As a food blogger, woman with an insatiable sweet tooth, mother, and Halloween advocate, trying out different spooky treats is a must.
Aren’t these Witches’ Brooms great? Ya, sure, there’s a process here involving a few steps, but it’s just a bunch of baking, melting, cooling, and drizzling. Ultimately, they’re pretty easy. Not wiggle-your-nose-Bewitched-easy, but still easy. Also, once they set, they’re a cinch to transport. Like to a school. Just sayin’ ;-)
Now the question is, how do I keep myself from completely gorging on the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that Haley can’t have, and the Almond Joys that I can’t live without? With 30 days left in our Insanity timeline, clearly it won’t be over by Trick-or-Treating. Horrible, horrible planning.
Makes 20 brooms
Prep time: 35 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
• 2 tablespoons water
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups flour
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 10 pretzel rods (about 8 1/2 inches long), cut in half crosswise
• 2 teaspoons shortening
• 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1/2 teaspoon shortening
• 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
Preheat oven to 350.
In a medium bowl, beat brown sugar, butter, water and vanilla until blended. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into 20 (1 1/4-inch) balls.
Place pretzel rod halves on ungreased cookie sheets. Press ball of dough onto cut end of each pretzel rod. Press dough with fork to resemble “bristles” of broom.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. Transfer to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place brooms on waxed paper.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons of shortening for 45 seconds, then check and stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted.
Spoon melted chocolate over brooms, leaving about 1 inch at top of pretzel handle and bottom halves of cookie bristles uncovered.
In another microwave-safe bowl, repeat melting process with the butterscotch chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening. Drizzle with melted butterscotch chips.
Let stand (or place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes) until chocolate is set before storing.
Note: You can make the dough ahead of time. Or you can make the brooms up to a day ahead, store in an airtight container, and then decorate when you’re ready.
(originally from Betty Crocker)