Bonfire ‘Bang’ Cookies

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Kids and adults alike will enjoy these spiced biscuits — and they’ll never
guess the secret vegetable ingredient!


150g butternut squash, deseeded and skinned weight
150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp ground mixed spice
100g salted butter, softened and diced
75g light brown muscovado sugar
1 medium egg yolk
1 kiwi fruit
Chocolate writing icing or coloured writing icing
White Chocolate Stars
8 cake pop sticks



1. Grate the butternut squash. Press between plenty of layers of kitchen paper to squeeze out as much moisture as possible.

2. Put the flour, cocoa, mixed spice and butter in a food processor and whizz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Briefly blend in the sugar to mix. Add the grated butternut squash and egg yolk and pulse until you have a soft dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 1 hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thickness and cut out rounds using an 8cm cutter. Re-roll the trimmings to make extra rounds. Space well apart on the baking sheet.

4. Push a cake pop stick into the edge of each cookie, about two-thirds of the way through. Bake for 15 minutes. Leave on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.

5. Cut thin slices of kiwi fruit and stamp out star shapes using a small star cutter. Pipe ‘BANG’ onto each cookie with the writing icing and secure the fruit stars and chocolate stars around the edges using a little icing. Leave to firm up slightly before serving.


Make sure the cake pop sticks you have are suitable for baking. Otherwise, snip the point off sturdy bamboo skewers and use those instead.

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