Recipe: Spooky chocolate chip pumpkin cookies

Nothing beats a bit of festive baking, does it? With the Halloween season fast approaching, there's no better time than now to get into the spooky spirit and whip up a batch of these seriously scrumptious chocolate chip cookies. 

Ingredients:

200g unsalted butter, at room temperature

90g golden caster sugar

90g light muscovado sugar

1 egg

230g self raising flour

100g plain chocolate - roughly chopped

½ tsp salt

Icing sugar

Water

A few drops of orange food colouring

Tube of black icing for writing

Method:

Preheat the oven to 190°C and take 2 non-stick baking sheets out.

In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugars, butter and egg until smooth

Mix in the flour, chocolate and and salt.

Spoon the mixture onto the baking sheets in large rough blobs – you should get 20 out of the mixture. Space the cookies out well as they grow substantially as they bake.

Bake for 12-14 minutes until just golden but still a little pale and soft in the middle.

Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes and then lift them onto racks with an egg lifter and leave to cool completely.

To make the orange icing, mix the icing sugar with one tablespoon of warm water – the icing should be thick enough for you to spread it on the cookie with a knife. Add a few drops of orange food colouring or mix red and yellow together. Use black writing icing to make pumpkin’s face.

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