Are these just the cutest darned cookies that you ever did see?
Because Halloween is all about being cute, donchaknow. Or am I thinking about Valentines day. Because I can make these cats again for Valentines day and fall in love with them all over again.
These cookies came to pass when my and my boyfriend stumbled across this store that only sells bulk food. Tubs and barrels and vats of bulk food. A bulk food heaven, if you will. Anything a foodie can possibly want. However much you want. Just a scoopful away.
We shoveled quinoa, beans, chia seeds, popcorn, chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries... everything we even remotely wanted inside bags. It was the best shopping spree of my life. Who knew it would be in a bulk food store?
And when I saw the candy corn tub, I immediately grabbed a bag and scooped a huge bagful of the stuff. Which made my boyfriend happy because he is a candy fiend, but it also made me happy because I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.
I credit this idea to a class I observed during my practicum. It was last year, a couple of weeks before Halloween, when I stepped into a grade 8 foods class to watch the teacher teach. And they were black cat cookies Not these exact cookies, I didn't have the foresight to steal the recipe, but I was amazed at how a whole class of teenagers bakes.
I think only one group's cookies actually looked like cats The other ones were brown balls almost entirely covered in candy. I understand their reasoning: why only have 3 pieces of candy on these cookies when the teacher is willing to give as many as we need to make these cookies? This is why making them at home is so much better: the leftover candy can go straight into my mouth.
Thank you bulk foods store. I will see you soon.
Whole Wheat Black Cat Cookies
What you'll need:
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 10 tablespoons butter
- 1 egg
- +candy corn
- +swedish berries
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In the bowl of of a stand mixer, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and the sugars until fully combined
- Mix in the butter and egg on medium speed. The dough will mix into a big sticky ball when it is ready.
- Form balls of dough, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten them a little with the back of a spoon.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. While cookies are warm, pinch the cookies for ears, and use a fork to create whiskers for each cat. Decorate with candy corn for the eyes and swedish berries for the nose.
Cookie recipe adapted from Fulfilled Homemaking