It’s been a good year for “X-Files” fans. We got a few new episodes and the hope that more are on the way. I went back and started re-watching season one and remembered all the things I loved about the show. (And all the things that drove me crazy. How many times did Scully walk up to a bad guy and basically hand him her gun and then get thrown to the ground? Ay yi yi.)
With that in mind, I knew my coworkers have been expecting some Halloween treats, but instead of pumpkin bread and brownies with eyeballs on them I decided to go a different direction. A more alien direction. Fox Mulder’s birthday is October 13th (yes, the character, not the actor), so I threw him a birthday party. (David Duchovny’s birthday is August 7th if you want to throw another party then.)
The first thing you need for an “X-Files” party are sunflower seeds. Obv. If you’re having this party at home and want the full Mulder experience, you’ll also need porn. For the office though, I recommend keeping things PG.
Next I made some “Spooky” Mulder Brownies. Make your favorite brownie recipe and top them with spooks (a.k.a. Ghost Peeps). They are adorable and delicious.
You can’t have Mulder without Scully, but what baked good says “Scully” to you? I went with Snickerdoodles. They’re sweet and all American, a really down-to-earth, honest cookie, just like our Dana. But I called them Snickerdoodles of Skepticism and told people they were made with a grain of disbelief, just to be more on theme.
I happened to see Mint Oreos at the grocery store and thought they were a perfect alien green, so they became Alien Autopsy Cookies. Tell people they’re made with alien blood if that makes you happy.
And then I saw these UFO cookies by the Sugared Nerd on Pinterest, and of course they looked awesome, because everything on Pinterest does, but they also didn’t turn out exactly right. Because Pinterest.
The idea is that you make peanut butter balls (or sunflower butter if you can find it) and get them nice and cold, so that when you wrap the chocolate cookie dough around them, the middle keeps its shape and the outside bakes down into the ring of the UFO shape.
It kinda worked, although I had to keep putting both doughs into the fridge or freezer to make them easy to work with. My coworkers were really impressed with them and said they were very tasty, so maybe I’m being too harsh. Or maybe I should have added little silver balls around the edges to make them look flashier and more UFOish.
With anything like this that I do though, the best part is having people come by all day saying, “What’s this for? Who? Is that really a thing?”
I just wish I’d had some Duane Berries. Or a Cigarette Smoking Mango Pie. Or some kind of baking conspiracy with the Lone Gunmen. I really loved those guys.
The truth is out there,