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Spooky Cookies

With Halloween-themed cookie cutters and some simple decorating techniques, you can create delicious chocolate confections that resemble witches' hats, spiderwebs, bats, pumpkins, or other spooky shapes.

  • Yield: Makes 16 large cookies
Spooky Cookies


  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/4 cups cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter (3 sticks)
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Royal Icing
  • Green, orange and black liquid or paste food coloring
  • Sanding sugars


  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

  3. Add dry ingredients; mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Divide dough in half, and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough a 1/8-inch-thickness. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Bake until crisp but not darkened, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely; decorate as desired.

Reviews (3)

  • gmyengel 20 Oct, 2008

    I cant wait to make these tonight with my Kids!!! I love Halloween!!

  • Eldred 8 Aug, 2008

    These cookies are awesome! I am not the best baker in the world and they are a little difficult but, They are worth all the work. I did have to add anohter cup and a half of flour to the dough in order to handle it. Also don't skip the refridgeration before cooking otherwise the cut outs don't hold there shape. They taste great and were a huge hit!

  • SirDavidLink 2 Jan, 2008

    Only the bats taste good, the others don't have as much flavor

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