Halloween Linzer Cookies

Hi everyone!

Are you eager to see just another Halloween recipe? Yes? That’s what I thought!

I visited a new baking supplies store 2 weeks ago and I couldn’t resist this Halloween linzer cookie set. I’m in love! It’s so easy to use and you get a spectacular (or should I say spooktacular) result!

For our Halloween Party I will sure be doing different colors of buttercream. I’m thinking white, purple and green 😀

I also wanted to try a new recipe of chocolate roll-out cookies because the first (and only) I made weren’t impressive. These are much better!


Halloween Linzer Cookies

Halloween Linzer Cookie

Brownie Roll-Out Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen 

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup cocoa

Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa in mixer. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.

Place the dough between 2 pieces of waxed paper and roll out to 1/4-inch thick. Keeping the dough in the waxed paper, transfer to a cookie sheet and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (or in the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes).

Cut out the cookies and place on a half-sheet pan lined with parchment paper, at least 1-inch apart. Transfer to the freezer and chill for at least 15 minutes or until they are firm. This will prevent the cookies from expanding and losing their shape.

Bake for about 11 minutes until the edges are firm and the centers are slightly soft and puffed. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Espresso Buttercream
Adapted from The Kitchen is my Playground

3 tablespoons espresso, room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons milk
Orange food coloring

Beat butter in bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 1 minute.  Add confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating for a few seconds between each addition. Add the espresso, vanilla and milk; beat on low speed to combine.  Scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl.  Add the orange food coloring and beat until fluffy.

Halloween Linzer Cookies

A token of love: fluffy vanilla/orange cookies

Orange/Vanilla Fluffy Cookies

These cookies are celebrating love, 9 years of love actually! Yep my boyfriend and I are a 9 years old couple 😉 We met when I was 17 and have been happy since! He is such a sweet person and we fit so well together. We laugh, we laugh so much!

But you know there is also bad things about relationships, oh yeah, I’m going there. My boyfriend prefers fruits desserts to chocolate ones. WHAT?! I stayed with a man for 9 years and he prefers fruits to chocolate. Whoa that wasn’t in the contract! I’m kidding (not that much). I had planned to make him a fruit tart for the special day (October 12th), but this day was a little crazy and I didn’t have the time (sorry love). I guess you can expect a fruit tart post soon!

So here are some cookies that both of us can’t resist! I even remember one time when my mother-in-law gave us some of her freeze leftover cookies. When I came back from work the next day thinking about eating these cookies, I met an empty Tupperware, my boyfriend hadn’t even spared one for me… not sweet at all! We made it through this unfortunate event 😉

I want to say I’m the luckiest girl on earth, but that would be very cheesy (oh wait, I AM a little bit cheesy) and it would not be fair to all of you who have an admirable boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife! So let’s just enjoy our luck to have found such an amazing person to share our life with while eating these delicious cookies!

Just a little note before the recipe, if you want these cookies to taste like orange, just forget the water and put ½ cup (total) orange juice instead. With water it tastes like vanilla with just a little hint of orange.

Fluffy vanilla/orange cookie

Fluffy vanilla/orange cookies
Yield about 3 dozen cookies

½ cup + ½ tablespoon vegetable shortening
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup water (or orange juice if you want orange cookies)
½ teaspoon vanilla
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 ¼ cups flour
About 2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 cookie pans with parchment paper.
Cream the shortening, the sugar and the eggs.
Mix the orange juice, the water and the vanilla.
Combine the flour and the baking powder.
Add a part of the juice mix to the cream and alternate with the flour mix. Beat until you have a dough consistency.
Spread powdered sugar on a plate and add tablespoons of dough (see the image below). Roll the dough balls into the powdered sugar and place them on the cookie pan. They won’t spread too much.
Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Fluffy vanilla/orange cookies

* Notes
The “rolling in the powdered sugar” part is time consuming but so worth it!
You can freeze the cookies before they are cooked. When ready to bake, just take them out of the freezer and pop them into the oven until ready, about 12 minutes.

Fluffy vanilla/orange cookies