Halloween Spider Web Cookies: Chocolate Orange Creamsicle

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Sup peeps?! We went crazy in the kitchen this weekend. Barbara and I both felt like spending this weekend together with cuddles, movies and good food. We seemed to pick crappy movie after crappy movie on Netflix, but the food was great. We ate like champions. We've got so many recipes coming your way, starting with these beauties here. Despite being part of our "Halloween Collection", these cookies will be amazing any time of the year. They're fun to make with your family and friends as well.

This dessert is a lightly orange flavored cookie, topped with orange cream frosting, and decorated with an essential, chocolate spider web design. The flavors layer on top of one another as perfectly as bacon layers on a burger (or anything for that matter). You also don't have to be an artist to make those crafty little spider webs on top, it's easier than you think. Definitely try these out this Halloween, or any time you feel like eating an epic cookie. Unleash the cookie monster within.

-Jon

Cook Time: 15 min

Total Time: 35 min

Yield: 10 cookies

INGREDIENTS:

COOKIES

1 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup raw local honey

1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil

4 eggs (free-range)

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp orange zest (finely grated orange peel)

pinch of salt

ORANGE CREAM FROSTING

1/2 cup organic/grass-fed butter

4 tsp raw local honey

4 tsp orange extract/oil

*1 cup dark chocolate chips (soy-free, gluten-free) for the spider web design

PROCESS:

COOKIES

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine eggs, honey, vanilla, and melted coconut oil in a large bowl using a hand mixer.

2. Add in coconut flour, orange zest, salt, and continue to mix until evenly combined.

3. Using your hands, shape cookies into flat/round discs and lay on Stoneware or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool completely, place in the fridge to become nice and cool before applying frosting.

ORANGE CREAM FROSTING (and chocolate spiderweb design)

1. In a small mixing bowl, combine butter, honey, and orange extract. Using a hand mixer, blend on medium/high until mixture becomes a fluffy, whipped frosting. Approx 2-3 min.

2. Remove cookies from fridge and liberally apply a thick layer of frosting using a butter knife or spatula. Return the cookies to the fridge to allow the icing to slightly harden while you melt your chocolate chips.

3. Using a double boiler (or a Pyrex dish suspended over the top of a small pot of boiling water), melt the chocolate chips. Remember to stir frequently so the chocolate doesn't burn!

4. Remove the cookies from the fridge, transfer the melted chocolate to a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with a tiny corner cut off, and perform the following:

*Do this entire process as quickly/efficiently as possible as the chocolate will harden very quickly once it's applied to the cookie!

a) Draw a circle of chocolate around the outside perimeter of the cookie.

b) Draw a smaller circle of chocolate, inside the first circle.

c) Squeeze a nice sized dot of chocolate in the middle of the cookie.

d) Using a tooth pick, draw lines on the cookie by starting in the center dot, and dragging the tooth pick through the circles to the outside of the cookie, to create the web like design of that of a spider's.

5. Your cookies are now complete and entirely ready to be devoured! Store remainders in the fridge... if there are any. Happy Halloween!

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