Halloween skeleton cookies

    7 hours 13 min

    These creepy Halloween skeleton cookies are easy to make and nice and soft for children to eat. Use your gingerbread men cutters to make the figures.

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    Serves: 40 

    • 300g caster sugar
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond flavouring
    • 450g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
    • Icing
    • 125g icing sugar
    • 2 teaspoons milk, plus more as needed
    • 2 teaspoons golden syrup, or more as needed
    • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tube black decorating gel

    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Extra time:6hr20min cooling  ›  Ready in:7hr13min 

    1. Cream sugar and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract and almond flavouring; mix well.
    2. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a second bowl. Add flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture and mix to combine. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
    3. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line 2 baking trays with baking parchment.
    4. Dust a work surface with 2 tablespoons icing sugar and roll out dough into a 1/2cm thick circle. Cut out figure shapes with a gingerbread man cutter and arrange cut-out cookies on prepared baking trays.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from baking trays carefully and transfer to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
    6. To make the icing: Stir icing sugar and milk together in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in golden syrup and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and glossy. Add more golden syrup if icing is too thick.
    7. Spoon icing into a piping bag with a small plain tip. Draw a filled-out circle inside the head for the skull and a skeleton on the body, including 3 horizontal lines for the ribs. Let cookies stand until icing dries completely, about 2 hour, best overnight.
    8. Use black decorating gel to draw eyes, a nose and a mouth on the skull and let cookies dry again, about 1 hour.

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