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Witch's Broom Cookies

Just in time for Halloween, here's a fun cookie to make with kids!

Here's the basic recipe:

1/2cup packed brown sugar
1/2cup butter, softened
2tablespoons water
1teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2cups all-purpose flour
1/8teaspoon salt
10pretzel rods, about 8 1/2 inches long, cut crosswise in half
3teaspoons shortening
2/3cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2cup butterscotch-flavored chips, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees:

Mix butter, brown sugar, water and vanilla in a mixer:

Add butter

Add brown sugar

add water

Add vanilla

Mix until smooth:

Mix until smooth

Mixed until smooth

Add the flour and salt:

Add the flour

Add the salt

Mix and then scrape the bowl, and mix again:

Scrape the bowl

Next, line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper:

2 lined cookie sheets

Take the pretzel rods, and snap them in 2:

Pretzel rod

Snapped in two

This recipe makes 20 cookies, so snap 10 rods in two and line both pans:

Pretzel rods on two pans

Using a cookie scoop, scoop out a ball of dough for each pretzel rod:

Scoop dough

Scoop dough

Scoop dough

Scoop dough

Press one edge of dough around the pretzel rod to secure it:

Press dough to rod

Using a fork, dipped in flour, press down cookie to make broom bristles:

Use fork to make broom bristles

Making broom bristles with fork

Broom bristles

Once all the cookies are pressed, place them in the oven to bake for 12 minutes:

Pressed cookies

Cookies may be slightly under-cooked, the dough should just be set, it doesn't need to be brown, when removed from oven:

Baked cookies

Place on cooling rack to cool for 30 minutes:


After the cookies are cool, place them on waxed paper:

On waxed paper

Melt chocolate chips with 2 teaspoons of shortening (I found that 2 minutes in the microwave does the trick perfectly):

Chocolate chips and shortening

After the microwave

Stirring chocolate chips


Using a spoon, coat the cookie that is pressed to the pretzel, in chocolate:

Coating cookie in chocolate

Coating in chocolate

All coated

Next, melt butterscotch chips with 1 teaspoon of shortening (2 minutes in the microwave works for these as well):

Melting butterscotch chips

Stirring butterscotch



Let the butterscotch cool a bit and then transfer it to a plastic sandwich bag (a disposable pastry bag works as well):

Into the ziploc

Cut a small piece of the corner from the bag:

Snipped bag

Now, using that opening, drizzle the chocolate with butterscotch:

Drizzle butterscotch

All drizzled

Let the chocolate and butterscotch set (approximately 1 hour), and then serve and enjoy!!

Finished product

Makes approximately 20 cookies!

Happy Halloween!!


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 14th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
These are amazing! I will be making them soon myself. Just one question, what's shortening? And what would (if any) be a substitute? Can you "just" use butter?
Oct. 14th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, shortening is like Crisco? Vegetable shortening. Butter doesn't work in this case, because butter keeps the chocolate soft, while the shortening helps the chocolate harden. I think it's entirely possible for these to turn out fine without shortening, though.

V. =)
Oct. 14th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
These are so cute! I think I'm going to give this a whirl, as I just signed up to bring cookies to my son's Halloween party. Thanks :)
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Those are so cute! But I really love your square raindropped bowls - they are awesome!
Oct. 14th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you! They were a wedding gift!!
Oct. 15th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Wow, that looks delicious.

I might make them for the kids who come to the house this year.
Oct. 17th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I love them, I can't wait to try and bake some. thank you so much!
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