Halloween is such a fun time for the year. Fun for kids and fun for grown ups! I fondly remember dressing up, filling up our pillow cases with all kinds of candies, coming home so mom could check our candy bags and enjoying sugar highs for days on end. We never baked a lot of Halloween treats while I was younger…but I loved to when I got older and moved away. Office potlucks, dinner parties…always a reason to create in the kitchen.
And then came a husband and kids. Funny how that happens. The kids started going to school and I wanted to send treats for Halloween. They have a Halloween evening dance every year since they don’t celebrate during the day and we are asked to provide treats for sale during the dance. Enter Spooky Halloween Cookies. We use coloured Royal Icing for these cookies and the kids do the decorating. Too much fun.
This recipe makes 3-4 dozen cookies, depending on the size of your cookie cutters. I need a minimum of 25 cookies for class or to bring to the dance, so I kept the recipe as is knowing some would go to work….some to school…some to friends….well you get it!
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups cocoa powder
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 lb 2 cups butter
- 3 1/2 - 4 cups icing sugar
- 4 large eggs lightly beaten
- 2 tsp vanilla
- In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt.
- In a large bowl mix your butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
- Add dry ingredients and mix well until combined. Divide dough in half, shape into a disc, wrap each piece in plastic wrap and chill for 30-60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a floured surface roll out dough to at least 1/8 inch thickness. Cut out your Spooky shapes and lay onto parchment lined baking sheet. You can re-roll the dough scraps 1-2 times before it will become over worked.
- Bake in oven until firm approximately 8-10 minutes. Let sit in pan a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once cooled decorate with your favourite icing & sprinkles.