However - for those of you who do have older children, or who have adult friends with a quirky sense of humour, or are just downright a little devilish yourself... well then here's a way you can trick up a batch of gingerbread biscuits:
What you'll need:
- Your favourite gingerbread biscuit recipe (many supermarkets now sell boxes with the recipe mixture, cookie cutter and chocolate 'buttons' all included.)
- Red food colouring
- Icing pens in 2 colours
Here's how to make a Halloween Gingerbread Voodoo Doll for some devilish edible fun:
- Bake a batch of gingerbread biscuit guys and gals as you normally would.
- Instead of adding your normal 'cute' details use an icing pen to add a sad face.
- Dip one end of a toothpick into the bottle of red food colouring and then 'stab' the toothpick into the gingerbread doll.
- Repeat Step 3 so that you have maybe three or four 'bloody pins' in your voodoo doll, angling them all in slightly different directions so they don't get in each other's ways.
Once you have made a batch of these you can decide how best to use them... keeping in mind they don't wrap or travel well. Perhaps if you are having a grown up dinner party you could place one on each person's entree plate as a table setting to set the mood (you'll know best whether that's considered suitable etiquette amongst your friends). Alternatively, teenagers might be content to hand one to each friend as a sort of anti-valentines gift that conversely means "I adore you" (who can ever fathom the mind of adolescents!) Or maybe, you can make a batch of skeleton-gingerbread biscuits using a white icing pen, and then simple turn a single biscuit into a voodoo doll and then when everyone else has gone to bed, do your worst on it, venting your bad mood, after a long day of motherhood, out on a hapless biscuit and then eating it... although I can't imagine any of you clever, crafty people have any venom to vent.... huh?
Lucky we get to be 'nasty' once a year at Halloween!
Back to 'cute' tomorrow - I promise!