BOO! Happy Halloween and Samhain Wishes! I made these vanilla and chocolate cookies on Sunday and Monday. I recently purchased some new cookie cutters for these cookies: vampire and skull couple from Semi Sweet Designs, pumpkin with hat, raven, and a witch broom to add to my collection. I also made: coffin, tombstone with wafer paper designs, jack o' lanterns with wafer paper designs, rectangle to make the ouija with wafer paper designs and a small heart to make the planchette, candy corn, candy corn to make the candy jack o' lantern bucket, bat, cat, cauldron, witch hat, witch face, skull, Jack Skellington, round cutter to make eyeball monsters, Frankenstein, large candy corn to make the bride of Frankenstein, mummy, spider, and spider web. For the Vanilla Sugar Cookie recipe visit my post, Holiday Sugar Cookies. See below for the chocolate cookie and royal icing recipes.
|Jack O' Lantern Wafer Paper Cookies and a pumpkin with hat|
|Jack O' Lantern Wafer Paper Designs and a pumpkin with hat|
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
2 cups (4 sticks) Unsalted Butter, softened
2 cups Granulated Sugar
2 Large Eggs
3 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
4 cups King Arthur All Purpose Flour
1 ½ cups Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
|Spiders and spider webs|
Sift flour, cocoa powder and salt in large bowl and combine with spatula; set aside.
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl of an electric mixer with paddle attachment on low to medium speed. Mix until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.
Scrape sides of bowl with spatula and mix again for 5-10 seconds more.
Add eggs one at a time. Scrape down bowl with spatula and mix again for another 10 seconds.
|Skull, Cat, Jack O' Lantern, Ouija, Tombstone|
|Ghost, raven, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein|
|Ghost, raven, bat, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, sugar skull couple|
With the mixer off add the flour mixture, cover the mixer with a kitchen towel, and turn the mixer to low speed and incorporate.
The dough is ready when it begins to clump around the paddle attachment.
Form disk shape and cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1-3 hours or overnight. I chilled the dough overnight.
|Tombstone Wafer Paper Design Cookies|
Heat oven to 350°F.
Use two sheets of parchment paper with dough in between and roll out with the rolling pin until the desired thickness is reached.
Cut out shapes and repeat until you have used all the dough.
Place onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper, and put in freezer for 20 minutes. The cookies hold their shape when you do this.
|Pumpkin with hat, Frankenstein|
|Ghosts, Mummy, Dracula|
|Sugar skull top hat, candy bucket, Jack Skellington, eyeball monster, cat, Uni-candy corn|
Let cookies cool in baking sheet for 5 minutes and transfer to wire rack to cool completely; about 1 hour.
Let cookie sheets cool completely before you bake again. I put the cookie sheet in the freezer for 5 minutes. Repeat until you have baked all the cookies.
|Ouija Board with Planchette Cookies|
|Bats and a raven|
Large Batch Royal Icing
8 Egg Whites
8 teaspoons Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
12 cups Powdered/Confectioners' Sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon Clear Vanilla Extract
1/2 teaspoon Water (or more as needed)
In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar; set aside.
In a bowl, add egg whites.
In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites and lemon juice.
Transfer to stand or hand held mixer with paddle attachment and mix on high for 1-2 minutes.
Add vanilla extract and mix for 5-10 seconds.
|Eyeball Monster Cookies|
With the mixer off add the sifted powdered sugar, cover the mixer with a kitchen towel, and turn the mixer to low speed and beat until smooth.
The consistency using this recipe is thick and great for borders and detail work.
If you need a both a border and flood-like consistency keep reading below.
If you only need flood consistency icing, just add 1/2 teaspoon of water and mix for 5-10 seconds, and repeat until you reach the right consistency. Be careful that your icing does not become too runny or you may have to start over.
I found the best way to make royal icing is to first separate the icing in plastic containers with lids according to the different colors I need. I save the containers when I order a pint of soup from Chinese takeout. These containers are great for icing. You can also use Tupperware.
|Witch Hats, Witch Face, Witch Broom and Cauldrons|
|Vampire; cutter from Semi Sweet Designs|
|Cute Sugar Skull Couple; cutter from Semi Sweet Designs|
I used Chefmaster Liqua-Gel Food Color in lemon yellow, sunset orange, super red, and leaf green. I used AmeriColor Soft Gel Paste Food Color in super black and Wilton Icing Color in super white. To make grey, I used one drop of super black.
I separated the icing in plastic containers with lids according to how many different colors needed for tinting.
I needed border icing for each color, so I transferred them into my Sweet SugarBelle Icing Bottles.
Then with the remainder of the icing, I use a spritz bottle with water in each container. I spritzed just one or two times in the container and combined with a small spatula.
This works for me and I get the flood consistency I need. I then transferred the flood icing into my icing bottles.
By doing it this way, you also have the same color for both the border and flood consistency.
To sketch onto some of the cookies I used Chefmaster Food Decorating Pens.
|Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein|
|Ouija Board and Planchette|
|Some of my Halloween Cookies|
Be careful not to add too much icing or you will have overflow.
I use a cookie stick to reach edges, and the tip to pop any air bubbles. I also use paint brushes to reach the edges and have a Wilton Scraper on hand to fix and boo-boos.
I let the cookies dry overnight.
|Chocolate Sugar Cookies|
|Vanilla Sugar Cookies|
|Ghosts - Vanilla Sugar Cookies|
|AmeriColor Super Black, Wilton Super White, and Chefmaster Colors I used|
|Sweet SugarBelle Icing Bottles and Tip Covers|
Add Halloween colored sprinkles, confetti, sugar pearls, silver dragees, skulls, ghosts, pumpkins, etc... over wet icing.
For the wafer paper directions visit my post, Sunflower Cookies:
To make the Ouija cookies, I was inspired by:
For the candy bucket tutorial, visit:
To make the witch hat cookies, I was inspired by:
For the uni-candy corn cookie tutorial, visit: