It takes time to make sugar cookies and for me two days since I wanted the royal icing to dry completely. I used various cookie cutters: tombstone, coffin, cat, bat, skull, witch hat, pumpkin, ghost, frankenstein, grim reaper and round cutter. I also used Americolor Gourmet Writer Food Decorating Pens, various Wilton sprinkles and stencils to decorate.
|Reapers - coming for you!|
|Pumpkins with candy!|
See recipe link below from Joy of Baking for the sugar cookie and royal icing recipes. For the royal icing colors, I used Americolor Super Black and Wilton Gel Colors in brown, red, orange, green and brown. I took a small amount of the cookie dough and tinted it green to make the Frankenstein cookies. I added it little by little kneading it until I reached the desired color.
|Coffins and Tombstone cookies|
On a floured surface, take dough and form into a ball. Cover in plastic wrap and place in freezer for about 1-2 hours so it can harden and is easy to roll out. Take a rolling pin and rub flour all around it. Take a quarter of the dough and keep the rest in plastic wrap in the fridge until you need to use it. Dip cookie cutters in flour. Roll dough with rolling pin and use cookie cutters to make shapes. Repeat until you run out of dough.
|Black Cats - MEOW|
Place cookies in sheets lined with parchment paper and space far enough so they do not spread together. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.Wait 2 minutes before you remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely before you decorate.
|Eek, Ghost and Bat cookies|
I made 2 consistencies of royal icing for borders and to fill the cookies. Joy of Baking has great information about royal icing and this is a great recipe. I made the royal icing with egg whites, lemon juice and powdered sugar. I used plastic containers to color the royal icing and then transferred into squeeze bottles.
|Squeeze bottles with royal icing|
|AmeriColor Gourmet Writer Food Decorating Pens|
I made the bat cookies last year and love them so much. They were inspired by jennysteffens.com:
I was inspired by Munchkin Munchies to make Frankenstein cookies: http://www.munchkinmunchies.com/2012/10/frankentstein-cookies-quick-easy.html?m=1
Please visit Joy of Baking for the sugar cookie and royal icing recipes:
Enjoy! Happy Halloween/Samhain.
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