Pumpkin muffins and spider web cookies

01 Nov

Meet Jack

Happy belated Halloween!

Hope everyone had a great time. Halloween is my favourite day of the year and even more so now after I passed my driving test!
I love watching horror movies and carving scary faces on fruits and vegetables. I also love fancy dress but sadly didn’t have any Halloween parties to attend this year so I spent the Halloween weekend baking.
Waste not
I know pumpkin isn’t exactly the nicest thing to eat but I don’t agree with carving it up and chucking it away. Instead of going for the traditional pumpkin soup or pie I went for pumpkin muffins with syrup icing. I’m not a chef. The recipes here come from 1001 Cupcakes, cookies and other tempting treats by Susanna Tee with a few of my own alterations. I’ve also attempted to make some Spider Web Cookies which may look a bit messy but taste delicious.
Pumpkin muffins
Halloween Pumpkin Muffins with Syrup Icing
Makes 12

280g plain flour

1tbsp baking powder

1tsp mixed spice

pinch of salt

115g muscovado sugar

2 eggs

200ml milk

85g butter, melted and cooled

425g chopped up pumpkin


175g butter

4tbsp golden syrup

3 tbsp icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6. Line a muffin tin with 12 paper cases. Sift flour, baking powder, mixed spice and salt into a bowl then stir in sugar.

Beat eggs in a jug then beat in milk and butter. Make a well in center of dry ingredients and pour liquid ingredients into center and add pumpkin. Stir until combined but don’t over mix then divide into the cases.

Bake for 20-30 minutes. Make icing by beating butter with syrup and icing sugar. Cool in tin for 5 minutes then place on cooling rack. When fully cooled smooth over icing or do as I’ve done and pipe the icing on so it looks like worms…ewww.

Spider web cookies

Halloween spider’s web cookies

Makes about 20-30

225g butter

140g caster sugar

1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

250g plain flour

25g cocoa powder

pinch of salt


175g icing sugar

3 drops of vanilla extract

1-11/2 tbsp hot water

few drops of black (or green as I couldn’t find black) food colouring

Beat butter and sugar together in a bowl and then beat in egg yolk. Sift in flour, cocoa powder and salt and stir thoroughly. Halve dough, wrap in clingfilm and chill for an hour.

Preheat over to 190C/Gas Mark 5. Lay out a baking paper and roll out each ball. Cut cookies with round cutter and place on baking sheets on baking tray. Bake in a preheated over for 10-15 minutes and then leave to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring to cooling rack and cooling completely.

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add vanilla and stir into hot water until it’s smooth. Spread icing over cookies leaving 2 tablespoons for decoration. Add food colouring and either pipe two fine circles on the cookies or do what I did and use a cocktail stick to ‘pencil’ on the circles (it doesn’t work as well as you can see from the photo). Then take a cocktail stick and draw a line from the centre outwards. Firstly draw into quarters and then eighths to look like a spider web. Leave to set.

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