A Baking Mad Recipe for Halloween Cookies
Preparation time: 40 minutes - Baking time: 50 minutes - Serves: 15
For the Cookies:
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- 275g Allinson Plain White Flour
- 1tsp Baking powder
- 100g Billington’s Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
- 75g Unsalted Butter, diced
- 1 Egg (free range), beaten
- 2tbsp Golden syrup
- 1tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract
- Food colouring black, red and yellow
For the decoration:
- White sugar paste icing
- Designer icing (black)
- Designer icing (red)
- Sprinkle decorations
- Chocolate flavoured strands
- Preheat the oven to 170°C, (fan 150°C, 325°F, gas mark 3).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- Place the dough in separate plastic bags and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick and stamp out the cookies using spooky shaped cutters.
- 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.
- 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.
This recipe is from BakingMad.com, but many contain either Billington’s or Nielsen-Massey products.