High Heels & Grills: Chocolate Peanut Butter Witch's Brooms

Friday, October 19, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Witch's Brooms

Maybe I'm old-fashioned in thinking that Halloween recipes should be shared near Halloween, but that's just the way we do things here at High Heels and Grills! No worries, this won't be the last one you see for this year either. I'll come right out and tell you that I did not think up this recipe, but the moment I saw it, I knew it was way too cute to pass up!


I found this in a Betty Crocker cookbook that a picked up a while ago and could not get over how clever it was. I've never seen anything like it and I wanted to share it with all of you right away! They'd be so cute for those Halloween parties you'll be throwing!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips {Can be found next to the chocolate chips in most grocery stores}
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour {Or all-purpose flour works fine, too}
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 16 thick pretzel rods, broken in half
  • 8 large shredded wheat cereal biscuits {and by large, I mean really large}
  • 1 (16 oz.) tub chocolate frosting
  • 1 (7 oz.) pouch red Cookie Icing

Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, microwave the peanut butter chips and butter on high for 30 seconds, then in 15-second intervals until smooth.
  2. Stir in brown sugar, vanilla and egg until well combined. 
  3. Add flour and baking soda and mix until blended.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
  7. Cut with a 2-inch bell-shaped cookie cutter. {Or if you're like me and you don't have a bell-shaped cookie cutter, an upside down heart works great as well!}
  8. Place the cutouts on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  9. For each cookie, place a pretzel rod on the top of the bell {or point of the heart}, leaving 2-1/2 inches of pretzel exposed.
  10. Bake 5-6 minutes, then let cool completely.
  11. Pull cereal biscuits apart until you have some straw-like pieces.
  12. Spread a thin layer of chocolate frosting on each cookie and the sprinkle cereal shreds to create brooms. {It works best if you press the shreds into the frosting, so they stick better.}
  13. Pipe thin rows of red icing near the top of the 'broom' to look like stitching.
  14. Let stand until set.

I think next time I'll drizzle a little bit of white icing or something over them - just to give the cereal some added sweetness. Hope you like them!

-Sarah

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