Chocolate Halloween Cookies

Dear Readers,

Mondays are usually a "work-from-home" day for me where I answer e-mails and get things ready for the upcoming week. Instead I decided to treat myself to a fun day! I did some baking in the morning while watching some favorite autumn movies from Hallmark channel!

I really enjoyed baking these Halloween-inspired cookies from House of Nash Eats. They are super soft and the peanut butter Reese's Pieces are a great companion for the dark chocolate cookie! Try baking up a batch of these for your family to enjoy while you welcome trick or treaters this week!

Ingredients ~

2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup Reese's Pieces candies

*original recipe also calls for Nestle Halloween baking chips and white chocolate chips, add those if you wish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl on a stand mixer, combine butter and sugars and beat for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Then add eggs and vanilla. Mix well to combine. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix in a little at a time until combined. Add in the candies and mix to incorporate. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookies and roll into balls. Place the balls of dough on the cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until just set. Be careful not to over bake. As soon as the cookies come out of the oven. Press a few leftover pieces of candy onto the top of each cookie to decorate. This really makes each cookie look really pretty and professional. Cool on a wire rack! After the cookies cool completely, place in an airtight container or put a few into festive Halloween treat bags to give to your neighbors!


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