Halloween Skeleton Cookies are such a fun treat, you design every festive skeleton to be as cute or scary as you want. Making these chocolate sugar cookies is so simple, this recipe calls for basic ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen too.
2Cupsall Purpose Flour+ 2 Tbsp for rolling dough out on
½CupUnsweetened Natural Cocoa
2TablespoonsLight Corn Syrup
½TeaspoonClear Vanilla Extract
Edible ink pensoptional
Make dough: In a stand mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar until nice and creamy. This should take about 5 minutes. You can also accomplish this with a large bowl and an electric hand held mixer. Next, add in the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Beat again for about 1 minute to mix.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt with a whisk. Then, add the dry ingredients, in batches, to the creamed butter mixture. Mix until just incorporated.
Chill dough: Proceed to divide the dough in half and spoon it onto plastic wrap. Cover and wrap the dough well before pressing it into a disc shape and placing it in the fridge to chill. Repeat with the remaining half of dough. Place the discs of dough into the fridge to chill for at least 2 hours.
Prep: Begin preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicon mat and set it aside.
Roll and Cut: Take one disc of cookie dough and unwrap it. Place onto a liberally floured surface. Roll the dough out with a rolling pin so that it is between 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick.
Use a gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Reroll and cut the dough as many times as needed, placing your cut cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this process with the remaining half of dough.
Bake: Proceed to bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make glaze: Sift the powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl and add in the milk, corn syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the icing is a good consistency. You will know that it is ready when you drizzle the icing back onto itself it should hold its shape a little before melting back into the icing. Spoon your icing into a piping bag that has been fitted with Wilton#1 piping tip and a coupler. Carefully pipe the icing onto the cooled cookies.
For making skeletons- Start by drawing a hole to become the mouth and then pipe around it to make the skull. Use a toothpick as needed to fill in small gaps. Attach two eyeballs to each skull.For making mummies- Pipe outlines on the cookies (not too close to each other) and then add the eyeballs. Allow the cookies to dry for several hours, and then decorate with the edible markers as desired.
Halloween Skeleton Cookies make a fun and festive treat to make for this favorite holiday. Making these chocolate sugar cookies is a great way to treat your kids and let them in on the decorating fun.