There’s actually nothing particularly Halloween about these biscuits, I make them all year round, but I bought these wonderful Halloween cookie cutters and thought they’d be fun to make in October!
For the cookie dough
175g plain flour
85g caster sugar
1 egg yolk
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla/almond/orange/lemon extract or 1tsp cinnamon or ground mixed spice (ideal for Christmas!) – this is optional.
For the icing
1 tube of ready made black icing
Rub the butter into the flour (this will be messy because of the flour to butter ratio). Add the sugar, salt and whatever flavouring you’re using. Add the egg yolk and combine to a soft dough. Wrap in cling film and leave in the fridge for 20mins.
Pre heat oven to gm 6/200°C and line 2 trays with baking parchment.
Unwrap dough, if it’s too soft, lightly knead in more flour. But you don’t want it too firm.
Roll out to roughly half a centimetre thickness and using the cookie cutters, cut out shapes and lay on the sheets.
Bake for approximately 10-13 mins, switching trays halfway. They should have relatively no colour on the top surface and be light golden brown on the base.
They will be slightly soft on the top but will firm up in a matter of seconds.
Once cooled, you can decorate. I’d recommend putting the icing sugar in the bowl and dribbling in water gradually. When it’s just slightly too thick, add the food colouring then mix it in until combined thoroughly. You don’t want the icing too runny or it’ll slide off the biscuits.
After much trial and error I decided for the outline detail, that I was better off getting a tube of ready made black icing. These already come with nozzles and I chose the small round one.
For the pumpkins, I outlined in black then drizzled the orange icing on, and then when it had slightly set, I did the inner detail. The eyes were ready made and were in a tub of 50 for £2.50 from Sainsburys (as was the tube of black icing – £1.50).
I’m renowned for not being able to decorate cakes etc neatly, but these were fun to do and I’m pleased with how they turned out 🙂.