Brain Cookies with Blood Glaze

emsp31_brain_cookies_lgre you ready for Halloween? I haven’t done anything except buy the cake mixes. I plan to go to craft store today for food coloring.  I promised you the recipe for Brain Cookies.  You can go to

Brain Cookies with Blood Glaze
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2002
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Ingredients
Brain Cookies:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup very finely chopped walnuts, or pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
About 5 drops red food coloring
About 9 drops blue food coloring
Blood Glaze:
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
35 to 40 drops red food coloring
2 to 4 tablespoons milk, as needed for thinning glaze
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Into a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Alternating with the eggs, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after the addition of each. Fold in the nuts, vanilla, and red and blue food coloring, being careful not to overmix the dough. (The food coloring will make the dough a grayish color, resembling the color of brains.)
Place the dough in batches in a potato ricer and push the dough out onto the prepared baking sheets in long tubes of dough. With your fingers, loosely pat and arrange the dough strands into clumps resembling brains, pushing to form 2 hemispheres and shaping into a walnut-like shape. Bake until golden brown on the bottom, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
To make the “blood glaze,” in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar with the food coloring to make a thick glaze, whisking together. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is a good consistency for drizzling. Drizzle the “blood” onto the cookies and serve either warm or at room temperature.
Brain Cookies
How are your doing on your Halloween cooking? I have only purchased the cake mixes but do plan on going to the craft store for food coloring. I promised you the recipe for Brain Cookies so here it is from the Food Network and Emeril.

Brain Cookies with Blood Glaze

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2002 .

Ingredients

Brain Cookies:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup very finely chopped walnuts, or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • About 5 drops red food coloring
  • About 9 drops blue food coloring

Blood Glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 35 to 40 drops red food coloring
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons milk, as needed for thinning glaze

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Into a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Alternating with the eggs, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after the addition of each. Fold in the nuts, vanilla, and red and blue food coloring, being careful not to overmix the dough. (The food coloring will make the dough a grayish color, resembling the color of brains.)

Place the dough in batches in a potato ricer and push the dough out onto the prepared baking sheets in long tubes of dough. With your fingers, loosely pat and arrange the dough strands into clumps resembling brains, pushing to form 2 hemispheres and shaping into a walnut-like shape. Bake until golden brown on the bottom, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the “blood glaze,” in a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar with the food coloring to make a thick glaze, whisking together. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is a good consistency for drizzling. Drizzle the “blood” onto the cookies and serve either warm or at room temperature.

- – Leigh AAR

2 thoughts on “Brain Cookies with Blood Glaze

  1. maggie b.

    No, even on second glance I can’t eat them. I think some people do scary for Halloween and others of us do cutesy. I do cutesy. I’ll do cute ghosts or happy, smiling bats (although in real life I despise bats.)

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