Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

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When witches go ridding

And black cats are seen,

the moon laughs & Whispers,

‘tis near Halloween

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… I’ll stop, I’m already scared. I wish I could tell you that I love Halloween – I don’t. I don’t see why someone would want to purposely be scared or scare other people.

I’m a total chicken – I still call my mom, when walking to the train/bus station and it’s dark outside … I wish I was kidding.

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This weekend I was watching the movie Hook (yes, the children’s movie) and Mr. LTSL told me to change the channel because it sounded scary … we’re pretty much besties!! I stinking love that kid.

So, I won’t be dressing up for Halloween – there are no trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood … instead I’ll be waiting for Saturday when all the candy goes on sale and then I can take it all and bake it in browines … or cookies … or c ake … or who am I to be biased?!?! – all 3!!

But just because I shitake mushrooms   at the slightest loud noise, and you won’t find me wearing a mask — it doesn’t mean I can’t sprinkle a little Halloween goodness all up in this joint!!

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Plus, the Halloween oreos looks so cool!!

Halloween Chocolate Funfetti Cookies

 1 Cup butter at room temperature

1 ¼  cup packed light brown sugar

½  cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon pure vanilla

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 bag Halloween oreos ( I ended up using 12)

Halloween sprinkles

Directions:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl , cream butter and sugars. Add in eggs and vanilla until well combined.

In a medium bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients.

Using a cookie scoop, sandwich two scoops of cookie dough around an Oreo ( it’s like a chocolate oreo hug!!).

Roll in a bowl of Halloween sprinkles

Bake cookies for 12 minutes.

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Ghosts, Goblins, Witches & Superheroes UNITE !! … or be like me and get into some comfy pjs and gouge on cookies and mini candy bars ( … kidding .. I won’t be doing this .. well, I won’t be doing it alone at least!!)

Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread

It’s frrriiidddaaaayyy woooo hooooo!!
… every week I yap on and on about how I can’t wait for the weekend, it’s going to be delicious, it involves sleep … and coffee … and pancakes .. and PJS – yaddy-yadda-yadda.
This week is no different, boy am I glad it’s Friday and I feeeel gooooooood!
*cue james brown – dancing shoes and all.
I hope that song is in your head all day – you’re welcome :) .
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Does anyone else automatically think of the movie It takes Two when they hear that song?!? Remember when the Olsen twins were so little and cute?!? – who am I kidding, I still love those style mavens!!
It seems like pull-apart-bread is the new cool cat on the block. Everyone is doing it, and you should too. Because, even though it’s bread and I’m scared of anything requiring time to rise … this number is pretty easy and it smells like you walked into Bath and Body works … expect more delicious … and edible.
Funny story while perusing ( you think that says pursuing, don’t you – I seriously did spell check/ thesaurus check six times just to make sure I was spelling what I wanted to say … side note, inside of my note … I’m a terrible speller and I am so thankful for spell check – wooo, ggggoo computers and things). Back to my story while perusing out there on the line ( the internship, watch it .. SO FUNNY!!) I saw a million recipes for pull-apart-bread … and then I thought, I’m going to put apples between each layer and it will taste like apple pie.
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Turns out, a lot of other genius people had the same idea. I almost didn’t make this bread – but then I did… and I ate it … a lot of it … and it made my home smell all nice and fall and cinnamony.
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Apple, Spice & Everything Nice Pull-Apart Bread
Dough
2 3/4 cup + 2 additional TBSP
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp fresh nutmeg
½ Tsp ground clove
1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 tsp. Sea salt
4 Tbsp. butter
1/3 cup whole milk
1/4 cup water
2 eggs (at room temperature)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Filling
3 Large Apples ( I didn’t peel mine, because I wanted that rustic look
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup Tubino sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tbsp. butter, melted

Glaze
1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 Tablespoons milk

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Directions
In a large mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, yeast and salt. Set aside.
Over low heat and in a small pan, melt the butter and milk. Once the butter is remove from heat and add the water and vanilla. Allow to cool.
Pour the milk mixture into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix well. Whisk together the eggs and add to the batter.
Add ¾ cups of flour and mix well.
Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Allow to rise for 50 minutes. Once the dough has doubled its size, knead in 2 tablespoons of flour.
Cover the dough again for 5-10 minutes.
Great time, to work on the filling. In a medium bowl, combine sliced apples, lemon juice, granulated sugar and sea salt.
In a small bowl mix together the turbino sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 oc, and prepare your bread pan.
Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface. Brush the melted butter on the dough and add the sugar mixture.
Even spread your filling across the dough. Each slice of apple will act as a guide to the size of your square.
Using a shape knife, cut the dough into approximately equal sized strips — they don’t have to be the exact same – don’t worry. Then cut the strips into approximately equal sized squares.
Stack the squares on top of each other. Place them in a prepared bread pan.
Allow the dough to rise and additional 15 minuets in the bread pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until outside of bread is golden brown.

While the bread bakes, make your glaze.

Whisk the confectioners’ sugar and 2 Tablespoon of milk until smooth. Add more milk to thin, if desired.

Remove bread from oven, allow to cool 20 minutes and drizzle with prepared glaze.

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I feel like you should do this, then sit with it … pull it a part and have a Vince Vaughn movie marathon. If you invite me over, I’ll bring wine – promise.
And I’ll laugh obnoxiously at really immature jokes – promise.