Some lines shouldn't be crossed.
In an attempt to explore the afterlife, five medical students take part in a risky experiment where the heart is stopped for a short period of time before being resuscitated. During their temporary deaths, each of them is confronted with a dark memory from their childhood that continues to haunt them after they've been brought back to life.
Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt make up the impressive ensemble cast. Oh, and William Baldwin's in it, too. Hey-oh!
I was 10 years old when Flatliners came out and I still remember how freaked out I was after watching it. Being the fourth child had its perks, one of them being my mom's leniency when it came to watching or renting R-rated movies. I really should thank her for inadvertently exposing me to psychological thrillers at such a young age.
With Halloween just around corner, I figured what the hey...get a little morbid. You only live or die once. Or twice.
Here's what you'll need:
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies
Recipe from Allrecipes.com
Makes about 2 dozen
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups unsalted butter, cubed and slightly softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Two small batches of royal icing (black/dark brown, green)
Disclaimer: I'm still learning how to work with the external "hot shoe" flash Berry White gave me for my birthday. Some of the pics look a little weathered, which isn't always a bad thing but I wanted to acknowledge it anyway. Thanks for your patience. Help yourself to a cookie.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, flour and salt. Mix it up.
Cut in the butter.
The recipe said to use chilled butter but 1, I don't own a pastry cutter and 2, it's kind of a biotch to cut in butter, period. So I used softened butter and life got a little bit easier.
Cut until pea-sized crumbs form.
Add the egg and vanilla then give it a good stir.
The dough will still look pretty crumbly and dry so give it a good couple kneads with your hands until it starts to come together.
Turn out the dough onto a piece of parchment paper and cover it with a second piece of parchment.
Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. You can do this on a floured surface but it's easier to use parchment. Once you've rolled it out, you can slide it right onto an ungreased cookie sheet, paper and all.
Use a rectangular cookie cutter to cut out the shapes.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let the little heart monitors cool completely while you prepare the royal icing.
Since we're working with a dark canvas (as opposed to regular shortbread), you want the first layer of icing to be dark. I added cocoa powder to the mixture so that when it was time to tint it with black food coloring, I didn't have to use as much. Not only does the color turn out beautifully rich, it tastes really, really good. Nice and chocolate-y.
Dam and flood your cookies. Promptly get rid of any rejects.
When the first layer is set, pipe on the details.
We lost it. To my stomach.
Enjoy your weekend, friends. Watch something scary. I dare you.