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I love turning my simple Peanut Butter Cookie recipe into these fun Halloween Witches Broom Cookies. Everyone loves a good chocolate and peanut butter dessert!
Halloween Witch Broom Cookies
Many, many years ago I was flipping through a magazine in the checkout line at the grocery store and I saw cookies with a pretzel and some chocolate drizzled on them and I was totally inspired to turn my simple peanut butter cookie recipe into some fun halloween peanut butter cookies.
My kids helped make these fun cookies for all the kids that would be at my birthday dinner…and everyone loved them. Even the adults thought they were really neat…and even one server stop by to get a closer look. We are planning on making a big batch for my son’s school Halloween fundraiser event at the end of the month.
There seems to be a little controversy over whether these are a dessert because of the peanut butter cookies or a snack because of the pretzels (I’ve had people call them pretzel witches brooms instead of witches broom cookies). So it’s your call, friend. Are they a snack or a dessert? Your guess is as good as mine…but whatever you call them, they are delicious and fun!
Witches Broom Cookies
- 1 Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe, prepared but not baked
- 1 bag of large pretzel rods
- 1 bag of chocolate chips
- 1/4 bag of butterscotch chips
- 1-3 tbsp shortening
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Lay pretzel sticks on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Place about a tablespoon size scoop of dough on one tip of each pretzel. Use a fork dipped in sugar to press the lines onto the cookie (this also presses the cookie onto the pretzel). Pay special attention and make sure the lines on the cookie go the same way as the pretzel (this makes it look like the bristles of the broom). Bake 10-12 minutes, but don't brown the cookies....remember these burn quickly.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on the pan. After they have cooled a few minutes use a spatula to make sure the cookies aren't sticking, but leave them on the pan to finish cooling. Carefully transfer to a wire rack with paper towels underneath to catch the drippings.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of shortening (start with a little and add more if you need to). Microwave for 1 minute, stir then continue microwaving and stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted and smooth. The shortening thins out the chocolate to make it easier to work with. Spoon chocolate onto cookies/pretzels where they meet (see picture).
Do the same with the butterscotch chips, but stir and check after the first 30 seconds and then every 15 seconds since you are working with a lot less chips. Use a spoon or fork to drizzle the butterscotch over the chocolate.
Let sit for about an hour to allow the chocolate to set up.
Makes about 18.
updated post and added new images 10/22/18
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