Everything Halloween in our house must be of the festive-but-cute (not spooky) variety, and that includes this year's Halloween ghost, witch, and spider sugar cookies.
I volunteered to make cookies for my daughter's pre-school Halloween party. I was charged with making enough cookies for 29 children, their parents, and younger siblings. I figured about 70 cookies would be sufficient, so I needed designs that were festive but easy. This set of cookies was inspired by this cookie by the brilliant Sweetopia and these cookies.
Here's what you need to make these:
1 – Orange royal icing in piping, flood, and 20-second consistencies
2 – Purple royal icing in piping and flood consistencies (for the purple I used Americolor Royal Purple and Electric Purple in equal amounts)
3 – Green Royal icing in piping and flood consistencies (I used Sugar Belle's Halloween Green recipe)
4 – Black Royal Icing in piping and 20-second consistencies
5 – White Royal Icing in 20-second and piping consistencies
6 – Orange sanding sugar
7 – Purple sanding sugar
8 – Green sanding sugar
9- Hologram Silver Disco Dust
10-Black Magic Disco Dust
Here's what I did for the Spider cookies:
1 – Outline and flood the cookies.
2 – While the cookies are still wet, place small drops in the wet flood icing with a different color to create dots.
3 – Allow the cookie to dry completely (4 to 6 hours)
4 – Using black piping icing, create the spider (along with its eyes) and web
5 – While still wet, sprinkle with disco dust
6 – After the cookie dries completely, re-outline the cookie with the same color as the polka dots. While the icing is still wet, sprinkle with sanding sugar.
For the witch's hat cookies, I created the polka dots using the same wet-on-wet method as described above.
Once the cookies were completely dry, I used 20-second icing to make the hats. And I used black piping icing to make the dangling spiders. While the hat was wet, I piped a heart on it as well.
After allowing the cookies to dry completely, I used black piping icing to write each of my daughter's classmates' names. While the name is still wet, sprinkle with disco dust.
For the ghouly ghosts, I did the exact same techniques as the witches' hat cookies. But rather than use the 20 second icing to make the hats, I used it to make the ghosts. While the ghosts were still wet, I added its eyes and eyeballs.
I decided to give all the boys the ghost cookies and the girls a witch cookie. So, after counting the girls and boys not once, but twice, as I was making the cookies, I realized I miscounted. In the end I was left with one more girl cookie and one little boy's name from the class list. Here's how I altered the witch's hat to make it a bit spookier.
For the cookie and royal icing recipe, you can find them here.
I made another set of Halloween cookies for a dear friend's Halloween party. She hosted 50 people (most of whom were children under the age of six!) and made an amazing spread of homemade chili, cornbread, apple cider, and a Halloween-themed dessert table. The kids did a bunch of crafts, played, and filled themselves up before heading out for trick-or-treating. And the adults had a bit of calm before the candy-induced storm. I volunteered to add something to the dessert table. Here's what I made:
My twenty-month old got such a kick out of the Frankenstein cookies. She kept pointing to them smiling, saying, "Guy cookies! Guy cookies!"
The "guy cookies" are inspired from the uber-talented Sugar Belle's Frankenstein cookies.
I already have ideas for next Halloween (when I really should be thinking about the Thanksgiving menu!).
Hope you all had an enjoyable, not-too-insanely-sugar-high-induced, Halloween! Now on to Thanksgiving!
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