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Halloween Cookies

Spooky, scary and hair-raising Halloween Cookies make good treats to hand out at parties this time of year.  With so many great cookie cutters to chose from shaped like tombstones, skulls, scaredy cats, witches, witch's hats, pumpkins, Frankensteins and more, all one needs is a bit of spine-tingling creativity to bewitch guests this Halloween.  Let the partygoers wonder how on earth your ghostly creations came about as they nibble on a plump pumpkin cookie covered in orange & black nonpareils or when they take a bite out of a spider-infested tombstone.  
Make a few of these if your Halloween party is small, but ice dozens of them if your gathering is meant for a crowd.  Nothing could be easier than flooding delicious sugar cookies in your favorite October colors and then embellishing each treat with an array of candies.  Halloween Cookies are meant to be as eye catching as any great costume.  You can get very creative with these.  

After you bake the required number of sugar cookies, tint batches of royal icing in several shades of orange, green, purple and black.  Choose which candies you wish to add to your cookies and get the kids involved.  If you give yourself a bit of time, these can then be packed up into cellophane bags or treat boxes for gift giving.  They can also be stacked or arranged around a haunted gingerbread house or a stack of cake stands for a ghoulish presentation.  It’s entirely up to you!

As you can see, I’ve used some of my favorite copper cookie cutters from the former Martha by Mail catalog to create these ghastly cookies.  Those 'scaredy cats' look like they’ve been spooked by something from another world and the 'batty tombstone' cookies seem as if they’ve been around for centuries.  The warty, spooky and BOO-carved pumpkins are ready to be eaten.

How I Decorate Cookies

This festive bunch is simple to make.  
The Witch’s Hat (top left) is piped & flooded with black royal icing and is left to dry.  Beads of icing are piped as stripes along the top and are then covered with orange & black nonpareils.  A sugar spider is affixed with icing.
The Neon Cat (top right) is iced in vibrant purple.  The tail is then flocked in black sanding sugar.  Once dry, a small dot is added for an eye.
The Spidery Tombstone (bottom left) is flooded in black royal icing.  With purple icing, while the black icing is wet, create a web & drag down the colors with a toothpick for the design.  Let dry.  Pipe a bead of purple royal icing for a border and flock with sanding sugar.  Affix sugar spiders with icing.
The BOO Pumpkin (bottom right) is flooded with bright orange icing.  A green stem is piped and both are left to dry.  Pipe a bead of black royal icing around the pumpkin and then pipe BOO; flock the ‘carved boo’ with nonpareils.  Affix a sugar pumpkin with royal icing.
The Giant Pumpkin (center) was flooded with orange royal icing and was flocked with orange & black nonpareils while wet.  A green stem was piped with icing.

Darker than you think cookies.
Kitty Cat (top left) is flooded with brown royal icing and is given an orange eye; this is left to dry.  A bead of black royal icing is used to trace the outline and is then flocked with nonpareils.
Black Witch’s Hat (top right) is flooded with black royal icing and is left to dry.  A red sash is piped above the brim and is embellished with dots & a sugar pumpkin.  A red ‘Blood Moon’ is piped on the cone of the hat and a bat candy is attached.  Spooky!
Menacing Tombstone (bottom right) is flooded with a chartreuse royal icing and is given dots while the base is wet.  Using a toothpick, draw out ‘legs’ for spiders.  Ghoulish!  Let this dry.  Pipe a bead of black royal icing for a border and then add a plump Black Widow with royal icing.  Attach sprinkles for legs and give the spider two red eyes.  As a final embellishment, pipe any color icing along the base, haphazardly, and flock it with autumn leaf candies.  Attach sugar pumpkins to the wet icing.  This tombstone is gruesome!
Warty Pumpkin (bottom left) is so easy to make.  Flood the pumpkin with orange icing and add a green stem.  Let this dry.  Pipe green dots for ‘warts’ and then flock them with sanding sugar.  
Fuzzy Pumpkin (center) is also easy to create.  Flood the base of the pumpkin with orange icing and immediately flock with orange sanding sugar.  Attach a green stem with icing.

I absolutely love this Menacing Tombstone cookie.  The windswept leaves along the base, with a stack of pumpkins, make this final resting place seem neglected and eerie.  The fact that it’s teeming with spiders adds to the macabre atmosphere.

The Great Pumpkin was iced with the most iconic of designs.  A jagged-tooth Jack-O-Lantern with his adorable face is going to be loved by anyone who is lucky enough to get it.    


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