These arelittle ghosts. In case you thought they were druid’s hats or shapeless pines.Or nothing really, just a brown butter shortbread, filled with dulce de lecheand coated with white chocolate. The little eyes, that look like nails on someof them, are tiny chocolate chips.
I mighttell you now, this is as crafty as I get. Not impressive right? I know, I’m allabout the recipes and flavors.
But theSunday Supper group is celebrating Halloween, and a treat was called for.Something to add to the theme hosted by Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie. So mycompromise were these ghosts, that are so incredibly delicious you won´t mindthe shape or the widely spaced eyes in some of them.
The bottomis a round of this shortbread I baked a while ago. Really, probably the best Iever tasted, and not surprising since it has brown butter. Everything is betterwith brown butter.
For the bases here, I simply baked them as usual and cut the insides with a small roundcookie cutter while still warm. That way they were perfect circles. And you get to eat shortbread rings as a bonus.
Then therewas the question of the filling. I wanted to use dulce de leche, to resemblethese traditional treats. But it’s too soft. So I heated it with some cornstarchuntil it thickened, to resemble pastry dulce de leche, a variation that isthicker and made especially to be used in baking. It wasperfect to make those cute little cones.
They had togo a bit to the freezer before the white chocolate coating, otherwise you endup with a marbled mix of both things since the dulce de leche melts a bit withthe warm chocolate, not that it isn’t a good thing really, just not what wewanted to do here.
In the end,they turned out cute and nice to photograph. Not scary, so I guess I’ll be the good witch in the story then.
WHITE CHOCOLATE DULCE DE LECHE GHOSTS
½ recipeBrown Butter Shortbread (recipe here)
2 cups dulce de leche
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 Tbs milk
6 oz. white chocolate, melted and warm
To makeshortbread bases, roll the dough and use a small round cookie cutter. Let coolcompletely.
For thefilling, put the dulce de leche in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat. Ina small bowl mix cornstarch and milk. When the dulce de leche starts to becomemore liquid, add the cornstarch slowly while stirring with a wooden spoon. Bringthe mixture to a boil, while you stir constantly. Boil for 3 or 4 minutes,being careful it doesn´t burn in the bottom of the pan.
Let coolcompletely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
When thefilling is cold, put it in a piping bag with a wide plain tip, and make coneson top of each shortbread round. Start in the middle with the bag perpendicularto the base, and squeeze constantly while you slowly lift the piping bag untilyou reach the desired height. Freeze cones for half an hour.
Melt whitechocolate in the microwave or over a pan of hot water. Keep warm.
Have readymini chocolate chips or whatever you want to use for the eyes. Take the conesfrom the freezer and roll them in the white chocolate so that each one iscompletely coated. Press the chips before it dries and put on a wire rack.
Yieldsabout 40 ghosts.
I hope you’re ready for a howling good time, because today, my#SundaySupper friends and I will be conjuring up some magic in our bubblingcauldrons to bring you everything from Ghoulish Gruel to Haunted Snacks toSpooky Sweets, and of course a few Bewitching Brews!
Witches, ghosts, goblins, vampires, zombies,monsters… Everyone is invited. You don’t want to miss thishair-raising party. It’s sure to be a real scream!
On the menu for our Trick-or-Treat #SundaySupperHalloween Party:
- ShrunkenHeads in Cider – Girlichef
- Candy Corn Martini – TheMessy Baker Blog
- Trick-or-Treat Wine Pairings forHalloween – ENOFYLZ
- Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce – I Runfor Wine
- Mini Jack-o’-Lantern Sloppy Joe Pies – Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Baked Mummy Cheese Dogs – In the Kitchen with KP
- MeatHead – Ruffles & Truffles
- GoblinEggs – Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Spooky KidPizzas – Sustainable Dad
- Pumpkin Chili, Pumpkin Dip, & Wicken Witch’sBrew – Daddy Knows Less
- MonsterMash – Cindy’s Recipes & Writings
- Sloppy WormSandwiches – La Cocina de Leslie
- Gory Green Monster Eyeball Dip – ShockinglyDelicious
- MarinatedMozzarella Eyeballs – Comfy Cuisine
- EyeballPinwheels – Home Cooking Memories
- Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Biscoff Cream – The Girl in the Little RedKitchen
- Spooky Ogre Eye Cookies – The Realistic Nutritionist
- Jack O’ Lantern Cookies – Magnolia Days
- Spooky Good Popcorn Snack Mix – The Weekend Gourment
- White Chocolate & Coconut Dipped StrawberryGhosts – Sue’s NutritionBuzz
- Monster Bites – Cravings of a Lunatic
- Vegan Halloween Sugar Cookies – Hezzi-D’s Books &Cooks
- Monster Cookies – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Tunnel of Doom Cake – That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Candy-Stuffed Rice Crispy Treat Pumpkins – Chocolate Moosey
- Dulce de Leche Bat Cookies – Crispy Bits & BurntEnds
- Witch’s Fingers – Noshing with The Nolands
- Sweet Intestines with Broken Glass – The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- GraveyardBrownies – The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Boo Candy Corn & Chocolate Chip Cookies – Hip Foodie Mom
- BleedingDevil Cakes – Momma’s Meals
- Pumpkin Halloween Munch – BigBear’s Wife
- Halloween Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cake Pops – Juanita’s Cocina
- Jack-O-Lantern Carrot Cake – Galactosemia in PDX
- Ghostly Chocolate Orange Tarts – HappyBaking Days
- Messy MonsterCookies – MarocMama
- Bewitchingly Delicious Butterscotch BroomstickCake Pops – Mama.Mommy.Mom.
- Halloween Popcorn Cake – Pippisin the Kitchen Again
- Witches Morning Gruel – Inthe Kitchen with Audrey
- Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies – TheCookie A Day Challenge
- Monster Cookie Revel Bars – BakerStreet
- Halloween Cereal Bars – BasicN Delicious
- Ossi di Morti (Bones of the Dead Cookies) – Webicurean
- Pumpkin Pie Pinwheels – MidlifeRoad Trip
Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughoutthe day, this Sunday (October 28th) during #SundaySupper. We’ll bemeeting up at 7:00 pm (Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat wherewe’ll talk about all things Halloween. All you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, or youcan follow us through TweetChat.
We’d also love to feature your favoriteHalloween recipes on our #SundaySupperPinterest board and share them with all of ourfollowers, too.