Being the huge Halloween fan that I am, I had been waiting for Trick ‘R Treat to come out since early 2007. The wait ended on Tuesday.
While a theatrical release two years prior would have been preferred, actually owning the movie makes me incredibly happy. Needless to say, Trick ‘R Treat was well worth the wait, and I’ve already watched it twice! I meant to do this the first time I watched the movie, but it wasn’t possible. So this is what I did to watch the movie the second time around:
In fact, I love the movie so much, I made Trick ‘R Treat-themed cookies tonight! Ladies and gentlemen.. Meet Sam:
These are pumpkin spice cookies, with Sam’s face drawn on with edible marker.
And Sam can’t leave home on Halloween without his trusty (and not to mention deadly) lollipop. So, here we have Sam’s Lollipop Cookies!
Same cookies, but with icing and a lollipop stick that was stuck in right after the cookies were removed from the oven.
I love my Trick ‘R Treat cookies. I still haven’t eaten one yet, because I just can’t stand to eat Sam’s cute little face. I’m sure I will eventually, but for now he is safe.
I can’t recall exactly where I got the original recipe, but here is my version:
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup of softened margarine
1 tsp vanilla
3 TBSP pureed pumpkin
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray.
Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and pumpkin. Blend well.
Sift together the remaining dry ingredients and slowly stir them into the sugar mixture until everything is combined.
On a floured (or powder sugar-ed) surface, roll out the dough to a 1/4″ thickness. (I rolled mine out on wax paper and refrigerated it for about 10-15 minutes. It was easier to deal with that way.) Cut into shapes as desired with floured cookie cutters and bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
Cool on wire rack and decorate if desired.
The cookies were dipped in orange icing, and the black icing face was piped on. The icing I used is the Royal Icing recipe in The Joy of Vegan Baking:
1 1/2 tsp Ener-G Egg replacer
2 TBSP water
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp almond extract (didn’t use)
1 1/2 C confectioner’s sugar, sifted
In a medium-size bowl, using an electric hand mixer, beat the egg replacer mixture with the lemon juice and almond extract, if using. Add the sifted confectioner’s sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth. Add food coloring, if using.
And there you have it! My special little way of celebrating the DVD release of my new favorite Halloween movie, Trick ‘R Treat. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, or don’t plan to get it (shame on you!), you should at least watch the short film that it was based on:
Season’s Greetings by Michael Dougherty:
The rules of Halloween:
1. Wear a costume.
2. Hand out treats.
3. Never blow out a jack o’ lantern.
4. And ALWAYS check your candy.
Happy October 8th!