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Halloween Cookies

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Quick and easy

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Total Time
1h 30m
Prep Time
Bake Time
Serves 15
Serves 15

About the bake

Make these homemade Halloween Cookies in the shapes of witches hats, pumpkins, cats and ghosts. Why not colour them black and orange for extra effect to make a great treat this Halloween. Our favourites are the little pumpkins and cats but you could just as easily cut out your own Halloween bat biscuits or spiders.

For a vegan friendly version of these biscuits try our Vegan Biscuit Dough recipe.

13 ingredients9 steps


    1. Step 1

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

    2. 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.

    3. 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

      • Large free range egg(s) (beaten) (1)
      • Silver Spoon Golden Syrup (2 tbsp)
      • Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract (1 tsp)
    4. 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 gel colouring (black, red & yellow) (A few drops)
    5. 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.

    6. Step 6

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

    7. Step 7

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

      How to Roll your Biscuit Dough Evenly

      Place two clean rulers (of equal thickness) either side of your dough, use them as a guide to roll your rolling pin over them and the dough until the dough is even and  flush with the top of the rulers.

    8. 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.

      How to Stop your Biscuits Singeing in the Oven

      If your biscuit has a narrow edge (like the point of a heart shape) cover the narrow point with a small cut off of tin foil to protect it from becoming over baked and burnt.

    9. 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

      • White sugar paste icing (150g)
      • Designer icing (black) (1 tube)
      • Designer icing (red) (1 tube)
      • Sprinkle decorations (A handful)
      • Chocolate flavoured strands (A handful)


    • For the Cookies

      • 275gAllinson's Plain White Flour 
      • 1 tspBaking powder 
      • 100gBillington's Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar 
      • 75gUnsalted butter (diced) 
      • 1Large free range egg(s) (beaten) 
      • 2 tbspSilver Spoon Golden Syrup 
      • 1 tspNielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract 
      • A few dropsFood gel colouring (black, red & yellow) 
    • For the Decoration

      • 150gWhite sugar paste icing 
      • 1 tubeDesigner icing (black) 
      • 1 tubeDesigner icing (red) 
      • A handfulSprinkle decorations 
      • A handfulChocolate flavoured strands 


    • Mixing bowl
    • Plastic bags
    • Rolling pin
    • Halloween cookie cutters
    • Skewer
    • Baking tray
    • Cooling rack

    Nutritional information per 32g serving

    • Energy 145cal
    • Fat 4.8g
    • of which Saturates 2.8g
    • Carbohydrates 23g
    • of which Sugars 8.9g
    • Protein 2.4g
    • Salt 0.12g

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