Ghoul’s Mix Explosion Pumpkin Cookies are Halloween scarily good


Have you started to plan your Halloween baking? Ghoul’s Mix Explosion Pumpkin Cookies are the scarily good treat that is definitely not a trick.

Impress your little ghouls and goblins with these Ghoul’s Mix Explosion Pumpkin Cookies. While everyone might be filling their trick or treat bags with tons of candy, these cookies will impress both visually and taste amazing. Ready to get baking?

This year, M&M’s added its Ghoul Mix to its Halloween candy line-up. The candy is all dressed up for Halloween. While eating a handful of these candies is always delightful, they are quite tasty when incorporated into some cookies.

M&Ms and cookies have been a classic combination. Who hasn’t mixed some of this candy into a sugar cookie or even topped a peanut butter cookie with some M&Ms? But, this cookie recipe is quite different.

The M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix Pumpkin Explosion Cookies look like a dessert from Halloween Baking Championship. While the dessert looks like a professional baker, the cookie recipe is relatively straightforward.

This recipe makes the basic sugar cookie from scratch. While a sugar cookie recipe is doable by most bakers, home bakers can take a shortcut. Using a mix can simplify the process. If you do use a mix, make sure to chill the dough well. The dough needs to be sturdy to hold up to the shape.

M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix, photo provided by Mars Wrigley

Also, use care when rolling out the dough. A Siplat can be helpful to keep the cookie dough from sticking. If the dough gets too warm, just put it back in the refrigerator to firm up a little more.

Lastly, even if the cookies aren’t as picture perfect as the photos, they will still taste yummy. Plus, you can come up with a fun story about a slightly less than perfect pumpkin. Maybe that pumpkin was melted in Stranger Things or maybe the pumpkin was smashed by angry trick or treaters who didn’t get any M&M’s.

Remember, baking is about fun in the kitchen. Even if the final result isn’t Instagram worthy, it will still taste good and the experience was enjoyable. That’s the most important part.

Ghoul’s Mix Explosion Pumpkin Cookies, photo provided by M&Ms

Here’s how to make M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix Pumpkin Explosion Cookies.

"M&M’s Ghoul’s Mix Pumpkin Explosion CookiesPrep & Assembly Time: 45 minutesCook Time: 5 to 10 minutesTotal Time: 50 to 55 minutes + 1 hour 15 minutes chill timeMakes: 12 CookiesIngredients½ cup sugar½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened1 egg½ teaspoon vanilla extract4 to 5 drops orange gel food coloring1 ½ cups all-purpose flour⅛ teaspoon salt2 oz semi-sweet chocolate½cup (120 pieces) M&M’s®Ghoul’s Mix-Milk ChocolateSpecial Equipment 2 ¼ inch pumpkin cookie cutter1 ½ inch oval cookie cutterDirectionsIn a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla and orange food coloring.Combine salt and flour, then gradually add to butter mixture, making sure flour has fully incorporated between each addition. Continue mixing on medium-low speed until a stiff dough has formed. Wrap dough in plastic and let it chill.Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Using the pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter cut out 24 cookies and transfer to a lightly greased cookie sheet. Using the oval cookie cutter, cut out the center of each of the pumpkin cookies to create a hollow center. Collect and reroll scraps, then cut out 24 more pumpkin shapes. Chill cut cookie dough for 15 minutes.Preheat oven to 350F. Bake hollowed pumpkin cookies for 5 to 6 minutes and whole pumpkin cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies start to golden.Melt chocolate and transfer to a piping bag fitted with a fine tip. Pipe a thin line of chocolate around the outer edge of the cookie and place hollow pumpkin cookie on top. Pipe another thin line of chocolate around the edge and place a second hollow cookie on top to create a cavity. Repeat with remaining cookies, reserving 12 whole pumpkin cookies to close the cavity.Drop 8-10 M&M’s® Ghoul’s Mix-Milk Chocolate candies into each cavity. Pipe a thin line of chocolate around the edge and top with reserved whole pumpkin cookies. Repeat with remaining cookies.Use remaining melted chocolate to decorate each cookie.Pro tip: Sugar cookie dough needs to be firm when cutting. If dough becomes too soft, wrap it in plasticandchilluntil it firms up"

Looking at this recipe, the concept could be modified for other seasonal cookie recipes. Think about a Santa shaped cookie with holiday M&M’s or maybe a heart with Valentine’s Day M&M’s. The possibilities are many. Just use your imagination.

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