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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Halloween Rattlin' Bones Gingerbread

Q. what do skeletons say before eating?
A. Bone-Appétit!......

With Halloween just around the corner why not get the children involved in some Halloween fun in the kitchen?! With a little guidance from an adult to assist the children with baking the gingerbreads and then arming them with tubes of readymade white icing and making rattlin' bones gingerbread for that spooktacular night of Hallow’ eve.......... Eat, drink and be scary.....Boooooo.....

Halloween Rattlin' Bones Gingerbread

Makes 12

Ingredients
125g (4½ oz) butter
100g (100g) soft brown sugar
100g (4 oz) golden syrup
1 egg, lightly beaten
450g (1 lb) plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp mixed spice
For Decoration
Tubes of readymade white icing or a little Royal icing for piping on to the gingerbread.

*You will need 2 baking sheets lined with non-stick baking paper – a gingerbread cookie cutter or draw a template out of card to cut around the gingerbread dough.*

Method

Preheat oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.

In a saucepan place the butter, sugar and golden syrup on a gentle heat stirring continually until all the ingredients have melted together. Leave aside to cool.

Sieve the flour, baking powder and spices into a large bowl. Add all the contents from the saucepan into the bowl with the dry ingredients then add the egg and mix until fully combined. You may need to finish mixing the dough by hand by pressing and kneading the mixture together. Flatten the dough into a circle and wrap in cling film and place into the fridge for no more than 30 minutes to chill.

On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to 5mm (¼ in) thickness and cut out the gingerbread shapes. Place onto the prepared baking trays and re-roll the dough and remain to cut out shapes until all the dough is used.

Place into the preheated oven and bake for 10 -15 minutes or until lightly browned. Lift each gingerbread very carefully with a spatula onto a wire rack to fully cool and firm up.

Decorate with writing tubes or royal icing in white to resemble a skeleton frame. Leave the icing to set before eating or packing away in an airtight container.



41 comments:

Happy cook said...

With that Q&A I just bursted out in laughter and my daughter from her room is aksing what the big joke is that i am having such a laugh.
Love thos gingerbread bones.

Lisa said...

Oh, these are just adorable!

Maria said...

These are really adorable! Perfect for the kids.

Lore said...

These are tons of fun! What a cute skeleton...I didn't know they had smiles LOL!

Beth said...

These look fab rosie. Im going to have to get a gingerbread cutter

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Rosie they are so cute...in a scary way, lol.

I think I'll spend some time baking these with the children.

Arfi Binsted said...

those look gorgeous, rosie. happy halloween!

Coby said...

This idea is BRILLIANT Rosie thank you!:) I have only just aquired a gingerbread shape cutter, and I haven't yet used it. The idea of my children turning them into skeletons is nothing less than FAB! I cannot wait - and I love your plate - is that icing too or is it really patterned that way?:) I am SO excited:):) Too clever:):)

Peter M said...

YAy for Halloween ginger bread men!

Faery said...

Booo...ha ha ha. Hello, this is a great idea for my nephew's halloween party, these cookies look so beautiful I love them

Uma said...

ooh, scary! I am talking about those spiders and skulls! Ginger bread skeletons look so good. A nice treat for the halloween!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Rosie wow these gingerbread are stunning ! just adore everything reffered to halloween, but I for sure adore even more eating gingerbreads..;-) even without bones!
Kiss dear
Silvia

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, so pretty! Your gingerbread skeletons look great!

Cheers,

Rosa

Katie said...

Awwwh they are so cute.

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are so cute! It reminds me of the song the "hip bone is connected to the leg bone the leg bone is connected to the something bone..."

n33ma said...

Bone appetit.......lol
These men look deadly......

Maria said...

The cookies are adorable!

nicisme said...

Ha, ha! Funny!
And the gingerbread skeletons are fun too!

Emily Rose said...

this is such a cute idea!! i love gingerbread- i hate having to wait for Christmas to make it- perfect solution!

Grace said...

hee hee! what a great idea! everyone loves gingerbread men, and this sinister little twist on them makes them perfect for halloween--i love it. :)

Ivy said...

Men do look cute when they are dead, don't they? :D I hope men have humour as well.

Kevin said...

Those gingerbread skeletons look great! Nice Halloween cookies.

Gretchen Noelle said...

Hahaha! Adorable idea! I made gingerbread people in bikinis once with a friend. What fun!

Caroline said...

I was just thinking of making Halloween cookies with my boys--these are a great idea! They look creepily adorable! And I don't have to wait for Christmas to have gingerbread cookies. :)

The Caked Crusader said...

Who knew skeletons could be so cute? Love them!
I'd fancy my chances against these in a halloween fight - I could eat my way out of danger!

Rachel said...

Too gorgeous for words....

Gloria said...

Rosie these are so cute!! I think daugther want to make them!! She loves to make cookies! I think when I saw yours I have similar molds of these, the question is where are my God???? xxxLOL Gloria

dabrah said...

What a brilliant idea Rosie. I love Halloween, it's so much fun.

Cakespy said...

AAAAAHHHH! I am in love!!! These are the awesomest cookies ever!

Bridgett said...

Ha, I love these...they are so darling! This is a very cute idea, Rosie.

Emiline said...

Ha ha ha chuckle chuckle. Good one!

These cookies look so spooky, and dangerously delicious.

Rosie said...

Thank you So much everyone for all you very kind comments!

I am thrilled and such an honour that some of you are going to bake my Halloween Rattlin' Bones Gingerbread skeletons.
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Hi Coby the plate I brought as seen with all the decorations for a supermarket last year. I just adore or call it an obsession collecting little things for festive times.

Hi Happy Cook, LOL I am pleased I managed to make you giggle - they say laughing is good for the soul :D

Hi Ivy hahahaha loved your comment you really gave me a chuckle.

Gingerbread cutters at the ready ..... Bone-Appétit!......

Best wishes Rosie x

RecipeGirl said...

These are so fun! Cute!!

Coffee and Vanilla said...

Really scary and pretty :)
I 'm planning to make something similar, I have seen them last year on other blogs... the other option are last year spider cookies I made...

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, Margot

Cakelaw said...

So cute Rosie!

Prudy said...

That is the cutest idea I've seen for Halloween!

Dee said...

Lol, these are great! I was racking my brain to think of some Halloween ideas, and I wish I had thought of this first :)

Jerri said...

These are so cute! Why wait for Christmas to have gingerbread men when you can have gingerbread skeleton-men for Halloween? Great idea!

Rosie said...

Thanks RecipeGirl, Margot, Cakelaw, Prudy, Dee & Jerri for such kind comments :D

Best wishes Rosie x

Maria said...

Oh these are so cute!

Maria
x

Rosie said...

Thanks Maria :)

Rosie x