Sunday, October 31, 2010

Batty Batty Batty Bat!

Halloween Time again! Happy Halloween all!

As a kid, I remember going to my neighbor's house to get a special treat on Halloween night. Henry would pack us a few goodies, a spooky plastic ring, and a small token he made. We (my siblings and I) would look forward to our little treat, tearing open the bag as soon as we got home. I think I pass that tradition on even now, as I make small treats for my neighbors' children. This year, I made special cookies: Bats on-a-stick.

Now, I remember a time when Home-made gifts and treats given at Halloween was a-okay! I used to get candy apples and cookies from the people on my block... then came the apple with the razor blade... then the stories of poisonings, and soon enough, treats were packaged, and rules about not eating anything open were standard fare. Sad though - cookies were better than a bag of chips or a candy bar (or even a BB Bat! - do they even make those anymore?).

With a simple bat cutter, I decided to play with some designs, looking for the cookie decoration that I liked best. Here's what I came up with:

This one is my favorite of all - Sprinkle, the Bat!

Batty, the bat has a big smile for all!

While my hubbie is happy to have cookies, he didn't feel the need to have sticks - these Swirly bats are for his consumption - He really liked their wings. This design was his favorite!

Now, the How-To part... People have a lot of questions about making cookies on a stick, and it's fairly easy, all you need is dough, cutters, and some sticks (I get Wilton long sucker sticks).

Steps to make Cookies on-a-Stick

Step 1 is to roll out he dough thick, then to cut out a shape. I cut each piece about 1 inch thick. You will need enough room to bury the stick in the center.

Step 2: Taking the stick between your fingers, poke the stick into the middle of the dough and twist/roll the stick between the fingers are you slowly push it in. Make sure you don't go all the way though. I find it helpful to put my hand on top of the cookie as I do this to feel where the stick is and to make sure the cookie does not bulge.

Step 3: Slowly and carefully place the cookie on the baking sheet. Make sure there is enough room for the stick to lay flat. The way it bends is the way it will set. As always, Thicker cookies will take longer to bake, so make sure it is cooked all the way though.

Decorate and enjoy. Icing that dries hard (like Royal Icing), are best because they add extra stability to the cookie thus supporting it.


My question to you is what were/are you dressing up as this year?


Well, I'm stupidly fond of zombies. Maybe it is because I'm actually afraid of them. That's right, Zombie movies freak me out! Hubbie and I like to joke around this time of the year about the houses that would be zombie proof should there actually be a zombie apocalypse. I think we take the zombie thing too far sometimes (or at least my mother-in-law thinks so ♥)

My costume this year: Zombie made out of an $8 dollar kit from K-Mart, some ripped cloths and a lot of shuffle.

I actually shuffled around the school all day (not walking - it hurt my back but it was worth it). I moaned, grunted, and actually made some of the kids scream (HIGH SCHOOL - not grade school). It was amazing! I totally had a blast. By the end of the day my hair was jammed into the makeup, I had skin bits in my necklace, and my leg was sore from draggingg it behind all day. The makeup took forever to get off, but I got a lot of compliments. Very Spooky!

Hope you all have a scary, happy and safe Halloween!

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Jenniffer said...

I love the sprinkle bats!!!

April said...

These are sooooo adorable!

cookies and cups said...

Love the bat with the rainbow sprinkles! Great idea :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

Really cute bats! (And I do remember BB Bats...I liked the strawberry ones.)