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
- 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 (http://www.marthastewart.com/283925/royal-icing)
- Green, orange and black liquid or paste food coloring
- Sanding sugars
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- 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.
- Add dry ingredients; mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Divide dough in half, and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour.
- 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.
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