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Werewolf Paws Cookies

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Werewolf Paws Cookies
From bloody moon punch to eyeball pumpkins and hanging spider legs, you don't have to be a creative genius with these easy projects. Martha Stewart gets you into the spirit of Halloween with some creative new ideas to make your festivities the spookiest on the block!TODAY
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Ingredients

Werewolf paws
  • Madeleine cookies (recipe below)
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Almond slivers
  • Vanilla madeleines
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Coarse salt
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted, plus more, softened, for pans
  • 1 tablespoon (plus 1 teaspoon) honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  • Chef notes

    Take your store-bought cookie up a spooky notch!  You know what comes out when there's a full moon?  Frightening (and chocolatey and delicious) werewolf paws.

    Martha's vanilla madeleine recipe is a good base for any number of flavors. Madeleine batter can be refrigerated for up to 2 days, and madeleines are best the day they are made, but they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

    Preparation

    For the werewolf paws:

    Use a butter knife to spread 2 tablespoons of chocolate frosting over a madeleine cookie (store-bought is fine, or use Martha's recipe below), leaving it a bit thicker at the back.  Drag the knife forward and pull up at the end to create a "furry" texture, then press 5 toasted almond slivers ("claws") into the tip.

    For the madeleines:

    Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.

    Whisk together eggs and granulated and brown sugars with a mixer on high speed until pale and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Sift flour mixture over top in 2 additions, folding in after each addition. Fold in melted butter in 2 additions, then honey and vanilla. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 2 hours.

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Let batter stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Generously butter 2 standard-size or 2 mini nonstick or aluminum madeleine pans using a pastry brush.

    Transfer batter to a pastry bag, and snip tip to create a 1/2-inch opening. Pipe some batter into molds, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake on middle rack until pale gold, 8 to 11 minutes (6 to 8 minutes for mini madeleines). Immediately shake madeleines out. Wash and rebutter molds. Repeat with remaining batter. Dust baked madeleines with confectioners' sugar.