Double, double, toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble…
Oh hello there friends!! I was just baking up another batch of these adorably spooky cauldron cookie cups.
I definitely wasn’t brewing an actual batch of witch’s brew to put spells on people. Though that could be fun…
No! Nope, we only brew up batches of sweet treats on this blog.
Speaking of this blog, what do you all think of On Sugar Mountain’s recent facelift? Personally, I’m over-the-moon about it. I’m as happy as those grinning Jack O’ Lanterns in the blog header. 😉
To be honest, my lovely readers, I needed to take off last week to do a lot more than just cosmetic work on the site. I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out and frustrated with the blog, and I couldn’t figure out why.
But it hit me the other day when I was giving a mini-lecture to some digital composition students. Each semester, I give a 20-30 minute talk about blogging and professional development to my boss’s classes, and I always make it a point to stress that making money and getting views, while important, shouldn’t be the reasons they blog.
Your primary motivation should be that blogging about a topic makes you happy. You want to express yourself and share your point of view with people and if a career comes out of that, that is awesome, but it is not necessary.
As I uttered these words to those students, it hit me: I had managed to take the fun out of blogging. I had become so obsessed with keeping the site running, I’d forgotten about the fun part: cooking. On Sugar Mountain is supposed to be a place where food is fun and accessible for people. I love creating new (and possibly adorable) recipes for fun, and I love brightening my friends’ days when I share these treats with them.
So from now on – the focus is on fun. No more constantly checking my stats. No more worrying about my subscriber count. No more pulling out my hair over a recipe that goes awry.
I want the kitchen (and this blog) to be a place for fun, not frustration. It’s a place to create comfort food for our loved ones and celebrate all of the wonderful moments in our lives.
With that in mind, let’s celebrate Halloween with these chocolate cauldron cookie cups!
Cookie cups are incredibly simple to make and customize. Pick your favorite cookie dough, smoosh it (yes, that is the technical term) into cupcake tins, and bake. When they come out, make a slight impression in the center, then let them cool before stuffing them with any and every filling you can imagine.
For these, I stuck with my classic chocolate cookie recipe and filled it with a simple, fluffy vanilla buttercream. With a few spooky decorations, they transform into bubbling cauldrons in no time.
This is a perfect recipe for a Halloween party to be sure, or a Halloween themed bake sale at school!
I’ll be back on Wednesday with another creepy (but classy!) dessert recipe for Halloween.
P.S. Thank you all my lovely readers for being such great friends and so supportive through all my years of blogging! I couldn’t do this without you, and you all rock my socks. 🙂