You’ll need the following ingredients –
Finely grated zest 1 medium orange
175g plain flour
50g icing sugar
140g softened butter
For the filling –
25g plain melted chocolate
1tbsp icing sugar
For the glaze-
50g icing sugar
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4/ fan 160C. Place the butter in a bowl and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Next, add the icing sugar, orange zest and flour and beat together to make a soft dough. Then knead into a ball and wrap in cling film before chilling for approximately 1 hour.
2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a thickness of about 3mm. With a plain cutter (7.5cm), cut approximately 24 circles and put them on a couple of baking sheets.
3. Cut out Halloween faces of 12 of the circles using a small sharp knife. Then gather up the spare dough and make pumpkin stem shapes, trimming them if needed with a sharp knife. Press to the top of each biscuit with a knife to join. Make lines on the face biscuits to look like markings on a pumpkin. As the cookies expand slightly in the oven, use the edge of a biscuit cutter or a knife to cut the pumpkin lines deep into the dough to make sure the lines don’t smooth out while baking. Even though this is an easy recipe to make and you won’t be needing restaurant insurance for your kitchen, be careful with sharp objects around small hands helping you out!
5. Mix the glaze ingredients to make a running, smooth icing, adding a little more juice if needed, then set aside. For the filling, beat the icing sugar with the mascarpone, then stir in the cool, melted chocolate.
6. Spread the filling over the cooled plain biscuits, then place the biscuits with the faces on top then brush with the glaze.
You could try decorating the cookies with sprinkles or could leave the mascarpone out if you just fancy some plain biscuits. A perfect treat for trick or treaters!