Usually I have little interest in Halloween baking (although I did indulge in these Peanut Butter Cups, last year). Maybe it’s the copious amounts of Halloween food porn I’ve been ogling; but lately, as the spooky day approaches, I’ve felt an almost “possessed” desire to follow the zombie bandwagon.
These cookie bars (adapted from Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts) are appealing for so many reasons. First of all (isn’t it obvious?) they’re Chocolate! 🙂 Plus they have a fantastic texture; something between a sugar cookie and a brownie… From a baker’s perspective, they’re easy, require no fancy ingredients, and can be fitted for just about any occasion… For a Halloween theme, I tinted the frosting orange and flavoured it with 1/4 tsp orange extract, then topped it all off with black & orange nonpareils.
Bring on the goblins!
Are you planning any Halloween baking this year?
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars
4 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Cocoa Powder
3/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Margarine
2 1/4 cups Sugar
2 tbsp Cornstarch
3/4 cup Applesauce (unsweetened)
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Vanilla Frosting (I halved the recipe)
Preheat the oven to 375°F.
Line a 13 x 9 inch baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Cream the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in cornstarch, then the applesauce and vanilla. Beat for another 2 – 3 minutes.
Incorporate the flour mixture in 2 or 3 additions, each time blending until just combined.
Scoop dough into baking pan. Spread evenly and level surface (I found it was easiest to use my hands for this task).
Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.
Cool bars completely before frosting and slicing.