ith Halloween just around the corner, I thought it was about time I did a Halloween post! Today's #Blogtober post called for something Christmassy but a pact with my sister means I can't do anything festive until the appropriate time. Not even sing Mariah Carie.
So today I am sharing with you these absolutely adorable (and a little scary) Skeleton cookies! They are safe for kids to eat because the icing doesn't contain egg and they have been taste tested here and it's thumbs up all around!
(Makes 10 large Skeleton Cookies)
- 115g chilled butter
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 100g granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 packet of vanilla sugar /1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1 egg
- 30g corn flour (makes them lovely and soft)
- 60g unsweeted cocoa powder
- 100g of plain flour + several Tbsp (I added 3 extra Tbsp)
- 125g icing sugar
- 2 Tbsp milk + a little extra in case it's too thick (I added 4 Tbsp in total)
1. Preheat your oven, cream butter and sugar together
Set your oven to 150°c. Add the salt, olive oil and vanilla sugar to the sugar and butter, mix just until well combined. Don't overmix!
2. Add the egg and vanilla essence
Whisk in the egg until combined, don't over mix! If your using vanilla essence instead of sugar add it in now.
3. Sift in the dry ingredients
Sift in the cocoa powder, corn flour, and plain flour and stir together create a dough. Use a dull knife, a spoon or a spatula. Add more flour if it feels too wet. I added 3 extra Tbsp to it.
4. Roll out your dough
Place your ball of dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until it's about 1/2 cm thick. I made some of mine too thin and they snap too easily then.
5. Cut your cookies
With a Ginger Bread Man cookie cutter, cut out your shapes. Re-roll any leftovers to make more. I used a large cookie cutter and cut 10 cookies.
Place on a piece of baking paper and bake in the oven for 10 mins. I baked mine in batches of 4 or so because that was all I could fit on my tray.
7. Mix your royal icing
Sift 125g of icing sugar into a deep bowl and add 2 Tbsp of milk. Stir until a thick paste forms. If it's too thick, add a Tbsp of milk and stir. It should be thick enough so that when it drops off the spoon the lines are visable for a few moments. We will pipe this out later.
8. Put some life in them bones
Put your Icing into a piping bag with the smallest smooth, round nozzle you have. Alternatively, pop it into a sandwich bag and snip a corner off. Once your cookies are well cooled, follow around steps 1 to 5 in the above picture to create your Skeletons. It's a figure of 8 for the eyes and hips then just lines for the rest.
9. Allow to dry
Leave out to set for a couple of hours before searving or storing in an airtight container!
I really hope you enjoyed my cookie recipe. Leave any thoughts or advice in the comments below and let me know what you thought if you made them!