Are you looking for an easy recipe to bake some delicious Halloween cookies with the kids this year? These are by far my kids favourite recipe to cook and then eat. It uses a simple gingerbread recipe that works! Then they are decorated really basically perfect for the kids to have a go at and enjoy. So here you go our Easy Halloween Gingerbread Cookies for Kids to Bake.
Easy Halloween Cookies to Cook with Kids
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Gingerbread is one of our favourite recipes to cook with the kids, we love making our gingerbread men for Christmas and even better our little gingerbread snowflakes. But, it was when we had forgotten the treats for trick or treating that the kids suggested we bake some gingerbread skeletons and pumpkins to enjoy!
The dough makes around 20 large sized shaped cookies when you use a traditional gingerbread man cookie cutter and then this Halloween set for our ghost, pumpkin and tombstones. Other sets and sizes may produce more or fewer cookies!
Looking for more fun recipes to cook with the kids for Halloween check out our pick of the best tried and tested Halloween Recipes for Kids!
Gingerbread Ingredients for the USA
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 too. Using light corn syrup will give a lighter colour to the gingerbread and molasses a darker.
How to Reduce the Ginger Flavour
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
Decorating your Halloween Cookies with Kids
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 zip sealed 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.
Halloween Gingerbread Cookies
- Preheat the Oven to 190C
- Sieve the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl
- Mix together
- 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
Icing your cookies
- 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
More Halloween Activities for Kids
- Halloween Maths Activities for Preschoolers
- Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Halloween Rhymes and Songs for Kids