Ever wake up on Halloween morning and realize that you don’t have time to head to the shops but also don’t have any treats for trick or treaters. These easy to make Gingerbread Halloween Cookies are ideal to make either just for the kids or even with the kids. I’ve struggled over the years to find a Gingerbread Recipe that will not spread and actually hold itself together especially when there are details but last Christmas I experimented and perfected a recipe I had tried many times for our gingerbread snowflakes.
The dough makes around 20 large sized shaped cookies I used a traditional gingerbread man cookie cutter and then a Halloween set for our ghost, pumpkin and tombstones. One thing with last minute bakes like this I need to have all of the ingredients in the house and although I have
One thing with last minute bakes like this I need to have all of the ingredients in the house and although I have black treacle and golden syrup in the cupboards (I do love traditional gingerbread bread loaf) these can be made with light corn syrup or molasses. Using light corn syrup will give a lighter colour to the gingerbread and molasses a darker. If like many children your kids aren’t fond of ginger then switch out for half ginger and half cinnamon and you have a lighter tasting
If like many children your kids aren’t fond of ginger then switch out for half ginger and half cinnamon and you have a less intense flavour that I’m sure like mine your kids will love.
When it comes to decorating these – I’m not a great cookie decorator I know I should be using Royal Icing but it’s not something that I keep at home – and using raw eggs in icing I’m not sure of with giving the cookies to kid so I use an easy to make icing. However, you can use and Red Ted Art has a great tutorial on how to make Royal Icing as well as how to decorate cookies professionally.
But my icing has 2 ingredients – icing sugar (confectioners sugar) and water and then food colouring where needed. Yes, it’s simple but it works and that is what counts. With food colouring – you need to avoid liquid food colouring as this will dilute the icing making it flow off of the cookies, but also it often tastes bad instead I use Sugarflair Food Colouring which I get online from Amazon or in the local Cake decorating shop.
A few years ago I switched out my piping bag or I should say Ziploc bag for a piping syringe set which I use for decorating cupcakes and cookies with the kids. It’s a little less messy and easier to clean as it goes in the dishwasher.
Delicious gingerbread Halloween Cookies Recipe for you and the kids to make. No fuss, easy to make ideal for last minute preparation for Trick or Treaters
- 350 g Plain Flour All Purpose in the USA
- 1 tsp Ground Ginger Switch for 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger and 1/2 Cinnamon for a less gingery gingerbread
- 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 115 g Softened Butter Cubed
- 175 g Soft Light Brown Sugar
- 2 tbsp Black Treacle
- 1 medium Egg
- 100 g Powdered Sugar Icing Sugar or Confectioners Sugar
- Food Colouring
Preheat the Oven to 190C
Sieve the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl
Add in the cubed butter
Using fingertips combine the butter with the dry ingredients for a breadcrumb like consistency
Make a well in the centre and add in the egg and black treacle
Combine and knead to a firm dough
If the mixture isn't combining add a little milk till it does
Lightly Flour the surface
Split the dough in half and roll out to around 5mm thick
Cut out the shapes
Place the Cookie Shapes onto a lined baking tray
Put the cookies in for between 5 and 10 minutes
Remove when golden brown and leave to cool
Sieve the confectionery sugar into a bowl
Add in a little water till you have a thick consistency but not too stiff. This needs to be able to flow but not spread!
Fill up a piping Syringe or bag with a small nozzle and decorate your cookies how you wish
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