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Witches’ Brooms

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Fun treat for Halloween, adapted slightly from Betty Crocker. They transport easily. Like, to a school. (My 4-year-old made me write that.)

Ingredients

  • ½ cups Packed Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups Butter Or Margarine, Softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • 10 whole Pretzel Rods (about 8 1/2 Inches Long), Cut In Half Crosswise
  • ⅔ cups Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 2-½ teaspoons Shortening, Divided
  • ⅓ cups Butterscotch Chips

Preparation

Note: These fall somewhere in between Easy and Intermediate. They’re actually really easy, but involve several steps. You can make the brooms up to a day ahead, store in an airtight container, and then decorate when you’re ready.

Preheat oven to 350F.

In a medium bowl, beat brown sugar, butter, water and vanilla until blended. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into 20 (1 1/4-inch) balls.

Place pretzel rod halves on ungreased cookie sheets. Press a ball of dough onto the cut end of each pretzel rod. Press dough with a fork to resemble the “bristles” of a broom.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until set but not brown. Transfer to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place brooms on waxed paper.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and 2 teaspoons of shortening for 45 seconds, then check and stir. Continue to microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring each time, until completely melted.

Spoon melted chocolate over brooms, leaving about 1 inch at the top of the pretzel handle and the bottom halves of cookie bristles uncovered.

In another microwave-safe bowl, repeat melting process with the butterscotch chips and remaining 1/2 teaspoon shortening. Drizzle with melted butterscotch chips.

Let stand (or place in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes) until chocolate is set before storing.

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Bakerella on 10.21.2010

Very cute!

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laurainthecountry on 10.21.2010

these look like fun! my children thank you :)

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