Happy (late) halloween everybody! I hope you all had a great time yesterday night. Halloween is honestly one of my favorites festivities. Maybe it’s because I really like to dress up and get creative with my makeup, I don’t know but either way I love it. Usually I don’t really get to celebrate halloween that much, Here in Italy it is not as big as it is in the United States, but me and my friends try to celebrate it as best as we can. A few weeks ago I started to search not only for make up and costumes ideas, but also for cookies and cupcakes. I really wanted to go all out this year and throw an amazing party with lots of sweets and treats. I have to say that if you search on pinterest or youtube, you’ll find so many amazing halloween ideas that it litterally made me super excited to start celebrating. I found fake witches’ fingers, monsters cupcakes, fake blood shots and other really crazy and cool stuff. People get seriously creative when it comes to the holidays, I’m seriously impressed.
Since we were going to be 9/10 at the party, I decided to make not one, not two, but three diffrent halloween themed dessert to impress my guests. So I’ve decided to make some Carrot cake cupcakes with a white chocolate ganache topping, some vanilla cookies with nutella filling and some vanilla cookies covered in melted white chocolate. You guys have no idea how good these treats were. Oh my god. After we ate all those treats, we watched the Interview with the Vampire. It’s an old movie starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise and Antonio Banderas. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly reccommend it. I really liked it. And I mean there’s Brad Pitt so why wouldn’t you like it XD
Here is a my halloween costume. This year I decided to be a cat! haha
For the Carrot Cake Cupcakes:
For the topping:
In a bowl sieve the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt. Add the walnuts and using a whisk mix it all togheter. Set aside. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and the sugar until pale and fluffy ( it takes about 1 or 2 minutes). Pour in the eggs mixture the oil and than add the grated carrots. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Fill the cupcake cases 3/4 full and put them in the oven at 180 C° for 20 to 24 minutes or when a toothpick comes out clean.
For the ganache:
Melt the white chocolate and heavy cream in a pan over simmering water. When all melted, put the pan in the fridge and let it cool over night. When the mixture is perfectlu cooled, beat with an hand mixture until fluffy. Pipe your ganache on to the cooled cupcakes using a piping bag.
For the cookies
In a bowl mix the flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt and sugar until well combined. Add the butter and crumble up the mixture using your hands. Set aside. In a separate bowl beat together the eggs, honey and vanilla extract. Add slowly the eggs mixture to the wet mixture (be carefull, add the wet mixture slowly as you probably won’t need all of it). Using your hands start combining the mixture until it forms a ball. Flour your work surface and knead your dough until soft and compact. Roll out your dough with a rolling pin and cut out your cookies ( I used some pumpkings and ghosts cookie cutters). Put them on a baking tray covered in parchment paper. Bake in the oven at 170 C° for 15/20 minutes.
For the pumpkin: sandwich your cookies and put nutella in the middle. Sprinkle with powder sugar.
For the ghost: dip your cookies in melted white chocolate. When the chocolte is set, using a toothpic dipped in nutella, draw the eyes and the mouth on the cookies.
I hope you guys enjoyed my little treats. Let me know if you try out the recipes!!