Wednesday, October 24, 2018

PeekaBoo Halloween Cat Sugar Cookies

Kitty cats, jack-o-lanterns and candy corn are absolute essentials for Halloween.  If you cleverly combine their images, you can make the most adorable sugar cookies for your Halloween party and for neighborhood trick-or-treaters this year.  Trust me when I say that the little ghouls and goblins are going to want one of each of these cookies in their loot pails. 


I first came across the inspiration for my sugar cookies while visiting the local Paper Source store.  The images at the store were part of a charming Halloween paper kit, and as you can imagine, my mind immediately turned them into cookies.  I wasted no time in searching for the right cookie cutters for this endeavor from my holiday collection.

Using the Sugar & Spice Cookie Dough Recipe (use the blog search engine for the recipe), I made several batches of it and several batches of my royal icing (search for it on the blog).


The plastic candy corn cookie cutter can be found at Michael's Craft Stores under the Sweet Sugar Belle label.  Because the adorable candy corn is to be showcased in its entirety once the cookies are completed, it's important to keep that in mind when cutting out your custom cookies.  The heart is used for the kitty cat's head and the cupcake cookie cutter is used to cut out the tops of the heads in order to form the ears.  

PeekaBoo Halloween Cat & Candy Corn Cookies: cut out as many hearts as you have candy corns from a slab of rolled out sugar cookie dough. Cut off the bottom 1/3 or 1/4 of the heart at an angle using the candy corn, and then cut off the top of the heart to create the cat's head.  Using an egg wash, glue the cookies together before baking.  Continue cutting out and gluing cookies until you have the desired amount.


You can see how well the cookie cutter creates the tops of the kitty cats.  They look cute already!


The pumpkin cookie cutter is one that I bought from Williams-Sonoma many years ago.  The heart is a soft-grip cookie cutter made by Wilton.  The cupcake cutter, which is also made by Wilton, is the same one I used for the candy corn cookies. 

PeekaBoo Halloween Cat & Jack-o-lantern Cookies:  Cut out an equal amount of pumpkins and hearts.  Cut off the bottom 1/3 or 1/4 of the heart with the top portion of the pumpkin cookie cutter, and using the cupcake cutter, cut off the tops of the hearts to create the cat heads as shown.  Using an egg wash, carefully glue the "cat heads" onto the pumpkin tops before baking your custom-made cookies.

All of the cut out and "glued" cookies should be chilled for at least 30 minutes on prepared baking sheets before baking.   


Batches of royal icing should be tinted in the following colors: copper-orange, white, black, pink, avocado green and lemon yellow.  


This image shows you the baked-on egg wash which solidly glues the cookies together.  You're going to have people wondering how you made these!


After outlining the shape of the pumpkin in orange royal icing using a #4 piping tip, immediately flood it with the same icing.  Using black royal icing and a #2 piping tip, add a large solid dot for one of the eyes, and then pipe a "winking eye" on the other side of the jack-o-lantern.  Pipe an offset smile to make him even cuter.  Outline and flood the green stem of the pumpkin as shown.

Note: Some of the jack-o-lanterns were made with winking eyes, while some were left with plain round eyes.  It's up to you!


Outline and flood the cat's head in black royal icing using a #3 piping tip, and while the icing is still wet, pipe pink ears and a pink nose as shown with a #2 piping tip.  Using white royal icing and a #2 piping tip, pipe large white dots for eyes as shown, and then add a small black dot on each eye.  You can have the cat looking straight at you or you can have it looking off to the side.  

Let the cookie dry completely.

When the cookie is completely dry, pipe orange whiskers on the kitty using a fine #1 piping tip.  Using a #2 piping tip and black royal icing, outline and flood the cat paws hanging over the jack-o-lanterns, and while the icing is still wet, pipe 3 cat claws on each paw using the orange icing and #1 piping tip.  

Let the cookie dry completely.

Jack-o-lantern Sugar Cookies: some are winking and some are not.

Icing the PeekaBoo Halloween Cat & Candy Corn Cookie:  Outline and flood each colored section of the candy corn in the corresponding color, as shown, using a #2 piping tip. Outline and flood the cat's head in black royal icing using a #3 piping tip, and while the icing is still wet, pipe pink ears and a pink nose as shown with a #2 piping tip.  Using white royal icing and a #2 piping tip, pipe large white dots for eyes as shown, and then add a small black dot on each eye.  You can have the cat looking straight at you or you can have it looking off to the side.  Let the cookie dry completely.

When the cookie is completely dry, pipe orange whiskers on the kitty using a fine #1 piping tip.  Using a #2 piping tip and black royal icing, outline and flood the cat paws hugging the candy corn as shown (above), and while the icing is still wet, pipe 3 cat claws on each paw using the orange icing and #1 piping tip.  Let the cookies dry completely.


Whether the PeekaBoo Halloween Cat Cookies are hugging a delicious candy corn or a jack-o-lantern, they are going to look amazing packaged up for friends and family.  I can't wait until my niece and nephews get these treats in the mail.   

I have to thank Paper Source for giving me the inspiration. 



I can't think of any Halloween treats out there that are cuter than these PeekaBoo Halloween Cat cookies. With a handful of easy to find cookie cutters, you can custom make cute and mischievous kitties by shaping and forming cookie dough just like you see here.  I can guarantee you that your Halloween party will be the talk of the town if you include a set of PeekaBoo Halloween Cats holding some pumpkins and candy corns.  


Happy Halloween!

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