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A pumpkin and bat shaped cookie Tried & Tested

Halloween cookies

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Make these Halloween cookies in the shapes of witches, pumpkins, bats and ghosts…why not colour them black and orange for extra effect to make a great TREAT this Halloween.

Key Information

  • Prep:
    Bake:

    Total time:

  • Calories:
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  • Serves:15
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the cookies

  • 275g 9¾ oz Plain white flour (we like Allinson) Plain white flour
  • 1tsp 1tsp Baking powder
  • 100g 3½ oz Unrefined golden caster sugar (we like Billington's) Unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 75g 2¾ oz Butter (unsalted) diced
  • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range) beaten
  • 2tbsp 2tbsp Golden syrup (we like Silver Spoon)
  • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we like Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  • Food colouring black, red and yellow

For the decoration

  • White sugar paste icing
  • Designer icing (black) (we like Silver Spoon Create)
  • Designer icing (red) (we like Silver Spoon Create)
  • Sprinkle decorations
  • Chocolate flavoured strands

Change Units

The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 170°C, (fan 150°C, 325°F, gas mark 3).

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Place the plain flour, baking powder and golden caster sugar into a mixing bowl. Add the diced butter and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

    Ingredients for this step

  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Make a hollow in the centre of the centre and pour in the beaten egg, golden syrup and vanilla extract. Mix together into a dough.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 1 1 Egg(s) (free range) beaten
    • 2tbsp 2tbsp Golden syrup (we like Silver Spoon)
    • 1tsp 1tsp Vanilla extract (we like Nielsen-Massey) Vanilla extract
  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Halve the dough. To one half add a few drops of black colouring and knead until well distributed. This will give you a murky, sinister look too your dough (ideal for bats, spiders and gravestones).

    Ingredients for this step

    • Food colouring black, red and yellow
  5. Classic mode Step 5

    To the other half add a few drops of red food colouring and a few drops of yellow food colouring. Knead until a light orange colour has been achieved. The colour is ideal for pumpkin lantern cookies.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Food colouring black, red and yellow
  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Place the dough in separate plastic bags and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick and stamp out the cookies using spooky shaped cutters.

  8. Classic mode Step 8

    If you want to hang your cookies, make a small hole in the dough with a skewer before cooking. Bake the biscuits for 12-15 minutes until lightly coloured and firm. Leave on the tray for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  9. Classic mode Step 9

    Try using black, red and green writing icing to create scary designs, spider’s webs and monster faces on your cookies. Or cover your cookies in coloured ready to roll icing by adding a few drops of food colour to a piece of white ready to roll icing and knead. Roll the icing and cut into a shape using your cookie cutter or template. Try black for bats and witches or red and yellow for pumpkins.

    Ingredients for this step

    • Designer icing (black) (we like Silver Spoon Create)
    • Designer icing (green)
    • Designer icing (red) (we like Silver Spoon Create)
    • Sprinkle decorations