Published on Friday, October 8, 2021

By Melissa Pette

We all enjoy the spooky charm of Halloween. Today, we have a couple of snack recipes perfect for our party.

Let's start fixing these cute little witch brooms that are very easy and quick to prepare. Witches' honor! So, let's go to the kitchen!

Little witch brooms

The ingredients for 12 tiny brooms are:

Six-string low- moisture mozzarella cheese. Here in Costa Rica you can find the Crystal Farms brand in Automercado.

12 pretzel stix, preferably those with sesame seeds. In America, we know these as Utz Country Store-brands. Here the Cosecha Dorada or Inca-Food brands are very similar.

A couple of green onion leaves. Here are known as Cebollinos.

First, cut each cheese stick into two or three pieces. Each part could be 4 or 5 centimeters. Make many cuts from the middle down cheese section. Imagine you are doing the broom strips.

Carefully remove the sesame seeds from the sticks. The idea is that the stick looks like a wooden broomstick. Sounds logical to me. 

Cut the onion leaves into long thin strips.

In the top center of the cheese, make a hole with the tip of the knife. Gently insert the stick. Tie one of the thin green onion strips around the cheese. Like tying your shoelaces. Cut the green onion strips' ends.

Repeat the process with each little broom. And there you have it! Your brooms are ready to party!

Last year, our friend Joanne Pearson from Canada shared her recipe for making the most delicious Halloween cookies.

Joanne allowed me to tell a bit about her story when she decided to live in Osa, shortly after retiring from her life career as a teacher at Mount Baker Secondary School in British Columbia, Canada.

Joanne says that keeping children active during quarantine is essential to maintaining good physical and mental health. "The quarantine keeps families in hiding in their homes to fight this pandemic, it has caused kids to drastically reduce the time that in normal circumstances they spent walking, running, playing or just having fun with their friends."

I'm sure we couldn't agree more with her.

For those who have kids, Joanne gives us a great idea to invest quality time with them and on the way make these bewitched cookies.

Witch's nails cookies

By Joanne Pearson
From Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
Living in Osa, Pacific Coast

To prepare 30 witch fingers the ingredients are:

150 grams flour.

110 grams of sugar.

100 grams of butter.

1 egg.

1/2 teaspoon baking powder.

1 teaspoon liquid vanilla.

1/2 teaspoon salt.

30 almonds.

First, in a bowl, filter or sift the flour with the help of a strainer, then add the salt and baking powder. Use a fork to mix.

In a large bowl, mix the egg, butter, vanilla and sugar. You can mix with a mixer or using your hands.

Then add the flour mixture that we made previously. Mix everything again until ingredients are combined and you get the dough.

Cover the container with a lid or a kitchen towel. Let it rest for 30 minutes to allow the baking powder to work to make a fluffier dough.

After the dough has grown, gently remove it from the bowl and knead it with your hands for a couple of minutes.

Sprinkle a little flour on the table, spread the dough with the help of a rolling pin. Divide the dough into 30 balls.

Try to make a skinny creepy finger shape with each ball. That is easy, with a rounded tip knife (not sharp) make marks on the fingers. Imagine the witch's wrinkled fingers.

Using the tip of the knife, press on the tip of the cookie to form the nail, then place an almond on top. Imagine that the almond is the witch's nail.

Then preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

On a baking sheet put special baking paper or aluminum foil.

Place the witch's fingers (slightly apart to prevent those from sticking).

Bake for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. If you want, you can sprinkle powdered chocolate to make them look like dirty fingers.

Let them cool before serving. They can last fresh and delicious for up to a week in a tupperware.

Thank you so much for reading and special thanks to Joanne for taking her time to write. You are all invited to share your recipes with a horizontal photo of the dish by emailing More delightful recipes can be found on the AM Costa Rica Food & Good Eating page.

Pura Vida!

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