Beware; these little pumpkin cookies scream out to you of custard creams lol. They are just perfect to make and bake for Halloween. If you have children they can have fun too cutting out scary features with making different coloured icings! Of course you can bake these cookies anytime of the year too by choosing what cookie cutter theme you wish, and leave the butter icing without any colouring added.
Here is my recipe
Custard- Screams Halloween Cookies
Makes 10 cookies
150g (5 oz) soft butter
175g (6 oz) plain flour, sieved
50g (2 oz) icing sugar, sieved
2 tbsp custard powder
For The Butter Icing
50g (2 oz) soft butter
110g (4 oz) icing sugar, sieved
1 tbsp custard powder
2 dessertspoons of milk
Edible orange sugar flare coloured paste
You will need 2 baking sheets lined with baking paper and a pumpkin cookie cutter. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.
To Make The Cookie Dough. In a food processor, add the ingredients and whiz together until it forms into a ball. Wrap the cookie dough in cling film and chill for at least 1 hour in the fridge. On a lightly floured surface roll out the cookie dough to about £1 coin thickness and using a cookie cutter cut out 20 pumpkin shapes. With 10 of the pumpkin cookie shapes and a sharp knife, cut out eyes and mouths. Place onto the prepared baking sheets and place in the oven for about 15 minutes. They need to be a golden in colour and will still feel soft when you take them out of the oven. Using a metal slice, carefully place the cookies onto a wire rack to cool off and firm up.
To Make The Butter Icing. Place all the ingredients in a food processor (except the food colouring) and whiz together to form a smooth texture. Scrape out into a bowl and with a cocktail stick add enough edible colour paste to make a pumpkin orange colour.
When the cookies are fully cold and firm, take a spatula and spread butter cream on the back of each cookie. Place the front cookies onto to show the eyes and mouths with the orange butter icing showing through.
Note. You can make this recipe in a food mixer or by hand, creaming the butter and icing sugar, then add the flour, custard powder and milk, forming the dough together and kneading it for a few minutes until smooth. Wrap in cling film and store in the fridge as above.
Prepare to be custard-screamed this Halloween – enjoy!