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TV chef Lesley Waters' Spicy Halloween Heart Cookies recipe

Bake heart-shaped cookies and carve hearts instead of spooky faces in your pumpkins this year, to support World Vision's Night of Hope campaign

Posted: 31 October 2013
by Catherine Hudson

Lesley with her cookies and heart carved pumpkins
Spicy Halloween Heart Cookies
Lesley Waters with her pumpkin

Your little monsters will love tucking into these lightly spiced treats this Halloween. And it is your chance to be part of a campaign to raise awareness of children less fortunate than our own. Chef Lesley Waters has created a scrummy recipe to make a batch of spiced Halloween heart cookies, as part of a campaign for World Vision. The charity is asking families to bake heart-shaped biscuits and carve hearts into pumpkins this spooky season, instead of scary faces, to create a lantern of hope for vulnerable children all over the world.

Lesley has also created a Night of Hope free downloadable booklet, which contains more of her recipes, details of World Vision’s work, tips on how to use pumpkin seeds and instructions on how to carve a heart in a pumpkin. Lesley has also offered an amazing prize for one lucky person who downloads the pack – a cookery class with herself for the winner and a friend, plus a night in a hotel. The pack can be downloaded here:


Makes 12 large cookies


85g butter

110g caster sugar

1 large egg, beaten

170g self-raising flour

2 teaspoons ground mixed spice

Icing sugar for dusting

Heart-shaped cookie cutter


1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5 190C, 375F.

2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and beat in the egg. Sift in the flour and spice. Mix gently with a spoon until the mixture comes together and forms a soft dough.

3. Tip out onto a lightly floured table top and gently pat into a thick, flat disc and chill for 20 minutes or until film. On a well dusted floured table -top roll out the cookie dough into a thickness of 1Ž2 cm. Using a large heart cutter, cut into 12  cookies. You may have to carefully bring the excess dough together and roll out again, place on a parchment paper lined baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes. Leave to cool on the tray for 2 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

4. Allow to cool slightly before transferring onto a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar or get your children involved in decorating them with Halloween themed toppings.


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