Halloween chocolate cookies

Halloween chocolate cookies
  • Serves icon Makes 20-25
  • Time icon Hands-on time 50 min

Celebrate Halloween with these easy-to-make chocolate cookies shaped like ghosts or bats – your choice. The whole family will enjoy these creepy sweet treats.

Or, see our spooky spider’s web cupcakes if you’re more of a cake fan.

Ingredients

  • 100g softened butter
  • 100g golden caster sugar or light soft brown sugar
  • A few drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 240g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 20g cocoa powder

To decorate

  • icing sugar for dusting
  • 250g pack black and/or white ready to roll icing (available in all big supermarkets)
  • 1 tube black writing icing (available in all big supermarkets)

You’ll also need…

  • Bat and ghost cookie cutters (or make a paper template to cut around with a sharp knife)
  • 2 baking sheets lined with non-stick baking paper

Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Put the butter, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and using an electric hand whisk (or wooden spoon) cream the mixture until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat the mixture until mixed in. Sift over the flour and cocoa powder and using a metal spoon fold the ingredients together. Wrap the dough in cling film and put in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle a little flour over a work surface. Cut the dough into 4 equal portions and roll each piece to 3-4mm thickness.
  3. Cut out shapes using cookie cutters (or a paper template), re-rolling any trimmings, then carefully lift onto the baking tray leaving a little space between each biscuit.
  4. Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies, until golden and cooked. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. To decorate, roll out the black and white sugar paste icing on a lightly dusted work surface and use the cutter (or paper template) to stamp out bats and ghosts. Use a pastry brush to wet the back of the icing and stick to the cooled biscuits. Decorate the ghosts with black writing icing.

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