A break from the traditional Halloween. Usually, I go with my cousin and her girlfriend to this big party. But cousin and girlfriend have broken up (which makes it really effing hard to stay buddies with both of them >:O) so no more ridiculous party. Now I have to find my own ridiculous party.
It was kinda ridiculous.
I was hit on by:
- a large baby in footie pajamas
- the Joker (he gave me a joker card and everything--the Harley Quinn in me had to flirt back)
- a Mets fan
- a Chilean miner
- a beer-pong table
Here's some photos from Halloweens past:
A bunch of us went as the Gotham Girls last year--me as Harley (duh), friends as Poison Ivy (he looked awesome), Catwoman, and the Joker in a nurse's outfit.
Halloween 2008--Marie Antoinette. That was my fav ever, I think. I want to do it again, but 'tis a tad expensive.
Cookie recipe time!!
Sadly, this recipe is not vegan friendly, and because it is intended for a cookie press, it cannot be made vegan friendly. At least not by me. I'm not that skilled with the baking yet. There's more chemistry involved with baking than there is in cooking, and when you're trying to make shaped cookies (that will hold that shape in the oven), you have limited space to experiment.
You will need:
- 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
To make it:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (~177 degrees C).
- In a big mixing bowl, mix the butter, shortening, and sugar with an electric mixer until it looks fluffy.
- Then mix in the egg and the vanilla, keep mixing until it's well-blended.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder. The flour does not need to be sifted. Gradually add the flour mix to the larger bowl, stirring it into the sugar mix with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula (like the kind your mother used to smack you with). I added some pumpkin pie spice at this point, just to make them taste a bit festive. You can flavour them with whatever you want really, so long as it's only seasoning and not something that will change the molecular makeup of the dough (like chocolate). In the past, I've used ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg as well.
- When it's all mixed, it should have sort of the consistency of Play-Doh. Using your handy spatula, put the dough into the cookie press, trying to press it down as flat as possible. Then press the cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet about an inch apart. If you don't have a cookie press, you can just use a rolling pin or something similar and roll the dough flat, then cut out whatever shapes you want.
- It took me a while to get the hang of the cookie press. I ended up with a few wonky cookies... Bake them for 7 minutes, then take them out and let them cool on a rack.
Hope you are all having a wonderful Halloween!! I had waaaay too much junk at the party last night. I'm off trick or treating with Big Sis#2 and the Niece (age 5), so will be channeling all the powers of the Hangover God to keep me feeling too queasy to eat candy.