Today I have some Ghost Cookies to share with you. Not only do these cookies look like adorable little friendly ghosts, but they also have the ability to scare you when you bite into them. Now, they won’t scare you TOO much but these ghost cookies are made with hot peppers, ghost peppers to be exact. So, what we have here are Hot Pepper Cookies!
There is a delicious bit of spiciness, which I think is actually more of a sweet type of spicy than a knock you off your feet spicy! But, in the words of a taste tester “They are quite spooky and will haunt you long after you have finished eating them”. My Dad (a.k.a. Biggest Critic) even took out and turned on his cell phone to text me and say they were “Very Spooky” and “Good” (big compliments from Dad)!
We were recently given some Ghost Peppers by one of Rich’s co-workers. After my previous struggles with Hot Peppers, I was a bit nervous but figured it would be the perfect opportunity to make some amazingly spicy and delicious cookies. If you don’t have access to Ghost Peppers, these would work perfectly with any kind of Habanero Peppers as well!
I have a feeling you can make these for all sorts of Holidays throughout the year. Here are some ideas to incorporate these cookies into many holidays of the year…
- How about 4th of July – Fireworks Cookie
- During Valentines Day, you can make these for the one you love with a note like “you spice up my life”
- Maybe for April Fools when you can make 1/2 normal sugar cookies & half spicy
- At any Summer Party you can Spice it up
- OR… use them to keep the kids out of the cookie jar
- 1½ cups butter, softened
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 ghost or habanero peppers finely diced
- 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.
- Wearing Gloves, cut the pepper off the membrane and discard seeds. Use a food chopper to chop the peppers as small as possible. Add peppers to the cookie dough.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least two hours, or overnight is perfect.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface about ¼ inch thick. Cut into shapes with your cookie cutter (we obviously used ghosts for this cookie).
- Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely. Glaze once cool to help add some more sweetness to the cookie.
- 11/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix well and adjust as needed.
- As written, this will harden after about an hour, making this a perfect glaze to put on a cookie that you would like to plate or package up.
- This makes enough to glaze all the cookies from this batch (about 5 dozen)
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And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… How do you feel about mixing your sweet with your spice?