These spooky eyeball chocolate chip cookies are great easy Halloween cookies! I bought a packet of these sugar eyeballs ages ago but never really found a need to use them until now! These cookies are a great Halloween treat and you can use the technique with your own favourite cookie recipe if you prefer, no need to follow this one (though it is great!) You simply press the eyes into the cookie when it comes straight out of the oven and then leave to cool.
Makes 18 cookies
200g melted unsalted butter 220g light muscovado sugar 100g caster sugar (If you like the grainyness of the M&S cookies feel free to use granulated, I don’t like it so I use caster) 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 egg 350g plain flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 200g chocolate chips (I use one bag of dark and one bag of milk for variety)
One pack sugar eyeballs
– Heat the oven to Gas mark 3/170C and prepare two baking trays. – Melt the butter, I put it in the microwave for 1 minute but microwaves vary so be careful! – In a large mixing bowl mix the melted butter with both sugars until smooth. – Beat in the vanilla and egg until smooth. – Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until it forms a dough. – Mix through the chocolate chips. – Divide the dough in to generous balls, slightly larger than a ping pong ball is best. Roll briefly in your hands to make a round ball and place 6 on a baking tray. Make sure they cookies are well spaced apart as they spread. – Bake one sheet at a time in the top of the oven for about 15-17 minutes. The cookies will still be soft but the edges should be a little brown. – As soon as they come out of the oven press the sugar eyeballs randomly into the cookies. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely/eat. – Repeat with the remaining trays of cookies.
When I saw these langoustines in the fishmonger yesterday I knew a special meal was needed!
I’ve never made paella before but I’ve eaten it plenty of times. I was a little nervous going all in on a recipe I’ve never experimented with before (langoustines aren’t cheap!) but I didn’t need to worry, it was amazing and so delicious!
125g chorizo, sliced
4 large chicken thighs, skin on (or 8 small ones)
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 red pepper, diced
250g paella rice (or risotto rice if you can’t get it)
500ml chicken stock
Pinch of saffron
100ml white wine
400g tin chopped tomatoes
150g king prawns
Handful of frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cooked langoustines
– Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large, heavy pan with a lid.
– Add the chorizo and cook for 3 minutes.
– Remove the chorizo from the oil (which should now be a lovely colour) and place in a bowl to the side.
– Add the chicken thighs and cook on a low heat for 5 minutes each side with the pan lid on.
– Remove the chicken thighs and place in the bowl with the chorizo.
– Add the garlic, red pepper and rice and stir well until the rice is well coated.
-Add the stock, saffron, wine and tinned tomatoes. Stir well.
– Add the chicken thighs and chorizo back into the pan and simmer on a low heat with the lid on for 10 minutes.
– Add the prawns and peas and mix through gently. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
– Add the langoustines on top and replace the lid. Simmer for 10 more minutes.
– Leave to sit with the heat off and the lid on for 5 more minutes before serving with lemon wedges.
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