Pumpkin Carving & Cookies

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Don't be afraid of the darkness inside you.

So i was at my brother's this weekend. After experimenting with Hokkaido pumpkin as mentioned in one of my recent posts, i have been wanting to try out more pumpkin-y things, like the world-famous Pumpkin Spice Latte or carving a pumpkin. I must confess, i have done neither before, so since my little brother and i are kinda known to try out fun adventurous things, we thought why not buy a pumpkin and do something with it. And so we did.

For the pumpkin carving we chose a Hokkaido pumpkin because these are quite easy to handle. Rinse the pumpkin, cut a "lid" into the top, scrape out the flesh using a spoon or a pumpkin scraper or whatever they're called. Then draw the desired shape of the face onto the pumpkin. Using a sharp, small knife, cut out the triangles where eyes and nose are gonna be. Then cut out the mouth, leaving one or several "teeth". That's it! Place a candle inside and enjoy :)

Oh, and we also decided to make some pumpkin-theme Halloween cookies. Which was a disaster. It took us 4 attempts to make those frickin cookies properly - and it was actually the easiest recipe ever! But, well, we are pretty clumsy. And fool around a lot. And never really read instructions. Ah, who cares, right? They turned out quite nice anyway, lol.

What your need:

- 2 cups (500g) flour, maybe more !
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
- 1 package vanilla sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup (250g) soft butter

Mix everything in a bowl, knead dough until smooth. Wrapped in clingfilm or a plastic bag, place dough ball in the fridge for ~15 mins. Roll the pastry on a floured surface and cut out cookies using the biscuit cutters of your choice. We used pumpkins, fishbones and yes, a Christmas tree :)
Bake for 10-15 mins at 350°F (180°C), garnish as desired, e.g. pumpkin seeds, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, sugar icing, food colouring aka bloodstains...

What you get: 

Also, don't forget to listen to awesome Halloween songs that will get you in the mood and dancing around in the kitchen while baking, like This Is Halloween (Nightmare Before Christmas) or even Hedwig's Theme (Harry Potter).

Now i'm off to bed. It's past midnight in my country, and i barely slept last night. Sugar-sweet dreams, nighty night ~


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