Halloween is approaching and ghoulish treats for the festivities always go down a treat with youngsters. These cookies are a nice sweet treat to add to any Halloween party you are planning or even for trick-or-treaters who come knocking at your door! They are easy to make and in the process it’s fun to play around with different cookie cutters and coloured icing. You can make them as ghoulish as you wish for example, pumpkins having scary eyes and mouths or bats with dripping red icing for blood!
For The Cookies
125g (4½ oz) softened butter
50g (2 oz) icing sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp mixed spice
1 small egg yolk
165g (9 oz) plain flour
For The Decoration
110g (4 oz) icing sugar, sieved
Few drops of lemon juice
Water, to mix to a paste
Edible food colourings of choice
Silver dragees for eyes
Cookie cutters of your choice
You will need 2 greased baking trays
In a mixing bowl add the butter, salt and mixed spice and beat until light and combined. Add the egg yolk and beat in well. Add the flour and mix until it forms a ball. Flatten into a circle and wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least one hour. If the dough is not chilled enough it will be too soft to roll out.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.
Roll the dough out to about the thickness of a £1 coin and cut out shapes of your choice with the cookie cutters. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets and bake for about 8 – 10 minutes until cooked. The cookies will feel soft when you take them out of the oven until they harden on cooling. Leave to cool.
To make the icing, in a bowl add the sifted icing sugar, a few drops of lemon juice and just enough water to make an icing thick enough to coat the cookies. In separate bowls divide the icing and colour each bowl of icing to suit which cookies you have made. Drizzle the icing onto the cookies; add the dragees for eyes then leave on a wire rack to let the icing harden.
Makes 15 – 20 cookies depending on how large your cookie cutters are.