I had a go at making Witches Hats as a Halloween treat. They are pretty simple to make and the recipe will give you 15 little hats. I used midnight cookies as a base (I’ve put the original recipe below which will make a few more cookies than you need) which worked perfectly as a delicious accompaniment to the cone of the hat. Inside my hats I hid some candy corn lollies (found at Martha’s Backyard), but you can include whatever candy is your favourite.
We took the finished Witches Hats around to share with Simon’s family and his nieces were pretty excited when they found the hidden lollies!
To make Chocolate Witches Hats you will need:
a batch of midnight cookies (see recipe below, or alternatively, you could try your fave store bought biscuits)
15 kid sized ice cream cones
375g milk or dark chocolate, melted
Bag of Pebbles of Mini M&M’s, to decorate
½ cup of your favourite candy, to hide inside the hats
125g butter, softened
175g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
35g cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line several baking trays with baking paper.
Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Sift in the flour, cocoa and baking soda and beat until well mixed.
With dampened hands, roll teaspoon sized pieces of the dough into smooth balls. Place on the baking sheets, spaced well apart.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes, or until set. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
To make the Witches Hats:
Roll the cones in a bowl of the melted chocolate to coat the outsides. Stand on a wire rack to allow the chocolate to set. Dip your Pebbles of Mini M&M’s into the remaining melted chocolate and adhere to the chocolate cones.
In the centre of each cookie, place the candy you want to hide inside the hat.
Dip the rim of an ice cream cone in the melted chocolate and put it onto one of the cookies, repeat the process.
As a finishing touch you could tie a thin ribbon around the ‘brim’ of each hat.