Last week, I lamented over my lack of creative ability when it comes to holiday crafts and I reached to you for some help. Well, you came through with flying colors, linking up your wonderful Halloween recipe and craft ideas. If you’re looking for fun ideas to keep the kids busy leading up to Halloween, be sure to check out the links. There are so many of them that I plan to try and the first on the list were the mummy cookies from Lana of Never Enough Thyme. Lana’s post includes the mummy cookies, as well as several other fun Halloween treat ideas.
I provided the directions for making your own frosting, but store-bought icing and sugar cookies will work, too. The most important thing is having fun, which is impossible to avoid when you mix kids and icing bags.
How to do it:
One of the tricks to decorating cookies is starting with a good cookie recipe. You want something that tastes good, but want to avoid cookies that puff up, which makes decorating challenging. This sugar cookie from Martha Stewart or this shortbread cookie from Cake Journal are both good options.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Mix on low to combine, then turn to medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
Scoop half of the icing into a bowl and set aside. To the icing in the mixer, add unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon milk. Mix until combined.
Stir in drops of black icing color (found in most large craft stores, such as Michael’s and cake decorating stores) into the chocolate icing until it turns black. This will make enough icing for 16 cookies.
Decorating the cookies:
The easiest way to decorate cookies is with a selection of piping bags, decorating tips and couplers, which can be bought inexpensively at many craft stores, such as Michael’s. If you are not planning to decorate often, you can buy a package of the disposable piping bags. Alternatively, you can scoop the icing into a ziploc bag and cut off a small corner of the bag to squeeze out the icing.
Using an offset spatula, cover the cookies with black icing.
For the eyes, we used #3 and #1 tips for the white and black parts of the eyes, respectively.
Switch the tip on the white icing to a #5 for the mummy cloth strips. Make various strips across the cookies, surrounding the eyes.
The boys diligently decorated each cookie, thoroughly covering themselves in icing – the sign of a good cookie-making session. The boys picked out their favorite pictures for the photo.
And then…the best part. They were very proud of their handiwork and more than happy to take the honor of eating the first cookies.
For more ideas on decorating cookies, head to How to: Decorate Cookies.
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 164kcal Calories from fat 53|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 6g||9%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup milk, room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 lb. powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp unsweetened coca powder
- 1 tbsp milk
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar.
- Mix on low to combine, then turn to medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Scoop half of the icing into a bowl and set aside.
- To the icing in the mixer, add unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon milk. Mix until combined.
- Stir in drops of black icing color (found in most large craft stores, such as Michael’s and cake decorating stores) into the chocolate icing until it turns black. This will make enough icing for 16 cookies.
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