Halloween Cookies with California Prunes

Makes: 6Prep Time: 10 minutesCook Time: 15 minutes


  • 150g butter or margarine
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 200g dark chocolate chips
  • Fried egg sweets


  1. Pre heat the oven to 170°c
  2. Mix together the butter and sugar and beat together either with a wooden spoon or in a mixer. Add in the vanilla and egg and continue to mix.
  3. Sieve together the flour and bicarbonate of soda into the butter mixture. Add in the chocolate chips, then using a metal spoon mix together to create a soft cookie dough. Place the dough into the fridge to firm up.
  4. Line a baking tray with non-stick parchment. Divide the cookies up into portions; try using an ice-cream scoop dipped in hot water. Wet your hands, then press the cookies down. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then leave to cool.
  5. Meanwhile mix the margarine and sugar together to create a butter icing. Divide the butter icing between half of the cookies. Add the California Prunes and fried egg sweets.
  6. Finally add the top cookies and you’ve got your monsters.


Peter Sidwell

Peter Sidwell

California Prune Board Ambassador Peter Sidwell, is a chef, baker, TV presenter, author, and innovator of all things food related. Peter has been a chef all his working life and over the years has developed a simple, fresh and innovative way of cooking which focuses on the importance of fine ingredients and technical know-how to ensure the best results. Peter has travelled the world cooking, talking and demonstrating his approach and explaining how and why it works so well for all manner of food offerings. Peter works both with chefs, consumers, food producers and retailers to innovate, create process or refine procurement. Working from his new innovation centre in England's beautiful Lake District, Peter and his team create exciting, attractive and mouth-watering new recipes with digital content, showcasing the delicious flavour and versatility of California Prunes.