It’s the night before Halloween, so I thought I’d share these fun to decorate, melt in the mouth, Halloween biscuits. I don’t usually celebrate Halloween, although this year I’m having a couple of friends over for cocktails (any excuse during the pandemic… Am I right?!), but I do love to get creative with my bakes.
I ordered a cookie cutter set from Amazon for my bakes this year. Last year, or potentially the year before, I just used gingerbread men to create skeletons among other scary monsters! I purchased a great value set for £8.99 with seven different designs showcased below: a bat, skull, cat, coffin, pumpkin, witches hat and a ghost. Click here to buy yourself a set (AFF link).
The recipe below makes approximately 14 biscuits (depending on which shapes you decide to make). The recipes makes a really delicious, buttery biscuit which goes so well with the icing. This was my first attempt decorating properly with Royal Icing and I definitely learnt a few tricks and tips for next time. First of all, make sure the icing is warm for flooding (filling in any gaps). I used a thermometer pen to make sure it was 50 degrees. Any designs requiring an outline or more detail needs to have a thicker consistency. Icing sugar can help firm the icing if needed. Googley eyes are a necessity for the ghost, cat and bat (unless you are a gifted artist). They work so well on Halloween bakes! They are available in most supermarkets.
Preheat your oven to 190 degrees / Gas mark 5. Cream together the butter and sugar.
Cream together the butter and caster sugar.
Add the egg, flour and vanilla extract and stir until forming a biscuit dough. You may need to use your hands to ensure the dough forms a large ball.
Roll out the dough on a floured work surface until it's 1 cm thick. Cut out the biscuits and place onto a non-stick baking tray.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a slight colour change. Leave to cool.
Prepare your royal icing by whisking your egg white and gradually adding the icing sugar.
Separate into bowls and colour as required. Using a piping bag and thin nozzle to decorate your biscuits as desired. Use icing to attach googly eyes to the bat, cat and ghost.
Leave to set and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy baking and decorating these biscuits as much as I did. In all honesty, the biscuits featured are the second batch… the first ended up in a crumbled mess on the floor. I washed the oven glove, but it wasn’t fully dry when my other half went to remove the biscuits from the oven. Oops. Who else has been there?! Our cockapoo enjoyed helping us hoover up the crumbs! So they didn’t go to waste completely.
I hope you have a happy Halloween!
I'm Alice, a food blogger in the UK. I follow a low FODMAP diet (gluten free, onion free, garlic free and low lactose) for IBS. Check out my latest posts for tips on eating out, product reviews and recipes.