Step-by-step: Halloween gingerbread cookies

Bake some spooky but yummy Halloween gingerbread cookies with the kids this fall in this easy step-by-step tutorial from AO Life!

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Trick or treat! Get creative with these faBOOlous Halloween gingerbread cookies by AO Life.

BOO! Bake some spooky but yummy Halloween gingerbread cookies with the kids this fall! Learn how to make mummies, skeletons and ghosts in this easy step-by-step tutorial from AO Life! Happy Halloween!


1. Stir the flour, ginger, bicarb and salt together in a large bowl. flour and bicarb in bowl 2. Tip the butter, sugar, treacle and golden syrup into a pan. Heat gently on the hob until melted (this is a job for a grown-up), then leave to cool until still a little warm, but not hot. instruction 2 3. Pour the mixture into the flour bowl and mix until you have an even dough with no white bits. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for 1 hour until firm; you can chill it overnight if you wish, just take it out 1 hour before rolling so that it has time to soften again. instruction 3 4. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4. Cut the dough into thirds and keep the spare thirds wrapped while you work with the first one. Roll out on a floured surface to about 5mm (1/4in) thick. Cut out as many gingerbread men as you can using a cutter. instruction 4 5. To avoid breaking or squashing the shapes, it’s easiest to pull away the excess before you lift your gingerbread men. Transfer them to a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper. Halloween gingerbread cookies instruction 5 6. Gather the offcuts up into a ball, roll out and repeat until you’ve used up all of your dough. Repeat the process with the next third of dough. 7. With the final third, roll out the dough, then cut out your gingerbread men with the legs of the cutter placed past the edge of the dough. This will give you your ghost shapes! Halloween gingerbread cookies instruction 7 8. When you’re ready to bake, place the gingerbread in the oven for 10-12 minutes until golden. You might have to bake them in batches. Allow to cool on the tray for a moment, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. 9. To decorate, put the icing sugar, cream of tartar and egg whites in a large bowl and whisk until light and glossy. Add the water and beat again until you have a royal icing that’s just perfect for decorating. Transfer the icing to a large piping bag, then snip the very end off the bag to create a small opening. Halloween gingerbread cookies instruction 9 10. You can decorate your cookies in any way you like, but for a spooky effect, you can copy the designs shown here to create skeletons, ghosts and mummies!

  • The mummies were the easiest, just whiz back and forth with the icing to create bandages.
  • The ghosts were achieved by tracing an outline just inside the edges of the cookie, then piping two eyes and a long, ghoulish mouth.
  • The skeletons are the fiddliest, but quite easy to master after the first couple – just take your time, starting with the skull, then draw in the spine, then the ribs and hips and finish with bones for the arms and legs. We dotted on some toes too!

Halloween gingerbread cookies instruction 10 11. To finish, melt a couple of squares of dark chocolate in the microwave and use a toothpick to give the mummies eyes and to paint detail on to the skeleton’s faces. Halloween gingerbread cookies instruction 11

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  Tip! The royal icing dries nice and hard, so your decorations will survive in a tin, or while being handed out to trick or treaters.





For the gingerbread

  • 180 g butter
  • 150 g golden syrup
  • 150 g black treacle
  • 125 g light brown sugar
  • 500 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

To decorate

  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 3 free-range egg whites
  • 1 tsp cream tartar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • a couple of squares of dark chocolate

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