Cookie Skeletons in the Closet

_DSC0361People close to me know I love Halloween I’m obsessed with Halloween. It’s my favourite ‘non holiday’ holiday, you can dress up, decorate your house and eat loads and loads of treats, what’s not to love.

This year, I decided to do some halloween baking, given that usually Im in charge of the savory stuff, and I came across the cutest chocolate skeleton cookies ever, so I’ve decided to give it a go.

These quickly became my favourite chocolate cookie recipe, they basically taste like…. you know when you bake brownies and the corners get a bit harder and thinner?…well that! They are the perfect combination of my two favourite things, cookies…and brownies.

So let’s go on with the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder (which I totally forgot about but it worked anyway)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Icing: 2 cups icing sugar and 2 egg whites

Directions:
Combine sugar and butter in bowl and beat until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and keep mixing. Add the dry mixture (flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt) beat at low speed until well mixed.

Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap. Chill at least 2 hours or until firm.Heat oven to 185°C.Roll out dough, one-half at a time on lightly floured surface,(it was a bit crumbly for me, so I had to add a bit more flour while I worked the dough until it didn’t break apart so play it by ear until you find it comfortable)  Cut shapes with a floured gingerbread men cookie cutter. Place onto an ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 5-8 minutes or until cookies are just set. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.Combine powdered sugar and egg whites for desired piping consistency in bowl; mix well. Spoon icing into pastry bag fitted with small round tip; pipe stick figure to form a quick skeleton shape. Let it dry._DSC0355———–

I had a bit of trouble with my icing, which ended up being a bit too runny, so I had to quickly change my skeleton design, so they are not as cute as the ones I saw online, but I think they look pretty good anyway.

With those measurement I must have made at least 4 dozens of skeleton cookies and another dozen of starwars cookies because I wanted to try out my new cookies cutters, so its fair to say that you can make a shit ton of cookies. I even think that this recipe could also work if you wanted to make a chocolate base for a sweet tart…maybe bake it and the fill it with cream and strawberries?

What do you think? Did they pass the Cookie test? What are your favourite Halloween treats?

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Written by julesinabox