Witches' Brooms Recipe
Besoms and brooms while often misunderstood, are often used in Witchcraft and Paganism for 'sweeping the negativity away'. Besoms are also used as a protective device and often as the role of an 'inanimate familiar'. This sweet treat does double duty on Samhain.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cupsall-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
10 pretzel rods, about 8 1/2 inches long, cut crosswise in half
2 tsp shortening
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Butterscotch-flavored chips, melted
Heat oven to 350ºF. Mix brown sugar, butter, water and vanilla in medium bowl. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into twenty 1 1/4-inch balls.
Place pretzel rod halves on ungreased cookie sheet. Press ball of dough onto cut end of each pretzel rod. Press dough with fork to resemble "bristles" of broom.
Bake about 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes.
Cover cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place brooms on waxed paper. Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth; remove from heat. Spoon melted chocolate over brooms, leaving about 1 inch at top of pretzel handle and bottom halves of cookie bristles uncovered. Drizzle with melted butterscotch chips. Let stand until chocolate is set.