Halloween is a wonderful time. It’s the one night of the year that the “veils” between the fairy world and our world get a little thinner. Magical things can happen.
Martin and Sylvia’s family celebrate Halloween in the best of ways — honoring the magic of the night with candlelight, community, dancing and good food. If you’ve heard the Martin & Sylvia Halloween Audio Book, you’ll know all about the Fairy Ball, and the fun they have preparing for it. Costumes, pumpkin carving (and turnip-carving too!), treats and treasure hunts.
In the first story, Martin and Sylvia follow a treasure hunt that leads them to the local bakery. At the bakery, they are to buy some “Fairy Cookies” (and so discover the special Fairy Ball invitation).
So, of course, this week we’re making Fairy Cookies!
Our Fairy Cookies are Gluten-Free, are made with bittersweet chocolate and have less sugar then most recipes.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup natural cane sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour (we used Bob’s Red Mill)
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 package of bittersweet chocolate chips (we used Ghirardelli’s)
In one mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a second mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar on low speed until blended. Increase speed to high, and beat the mixture until light and creamy. Lower the speed, beat in the egg and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture, and beat until well-combined.
Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces, flatten each piece into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for one hour, so the dough is firm enough to roll.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a floured rolling pin on a lightly floured surface, roll one piece of dough to ⅛ inch thickness. Cut out cookies with star-shaped cookie cutters. Place cookies on ungreased cookie sheets – leaving 1 inch between.
Bake cookies 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate chips in a double-boiler, or, like we did, in a smaller pot, set in a larger pot of boiling water.
Take a spoonful of melted chocolate, and spread ½ - 1 tsp across one cookie. (The amount of chocolate varies depending on the size of the star.) Just enough to cover the bulk of one side.
Lay the cookie on a flat surface, and place the top portion of a popsicle stick on the chocolate, so it forms a wand. Press a 2nd cookie over the chocolate and the stick.
Place the wands on a cooling rack (with waxed paper underneath) and drizzle chocolate to decorate.
Allow the chocolate to cool and harden.
Voila! Fairy wands.
And it’s not just the fairies that love them. Elves, sprites, gnomes and nixies love them too.
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Lisabeth Sewell has worn many hats at Sparkle over the years, from Sparkle Kitchen Blogger to Editorial Director to Doer of All Odd Jobs. Her primary role is as CEO.