Halloween cookies offer a super culinary and craft project for children and adults alike. Try these four basic, but boo-tiful Halloween cookie decorating tricks, and your trick-or-treaters will beg for more. These Halloween cookie crafts are simple enough for children to do, as long as adults supervise.
Try these easy Halloween cookie tips for making cookie bats, cats, spiders, pumpkins and other favorites for your trick-or-treaters.
Decorated Halloween cookies are super for classroom parties, Halloween get-togethers, costume parties or even your own Halloween party menu.
Decorating Halloween Cookies: Super-Basic Trick or Treat Cookies
Before you can begin decorating your Halloween cookies, of course, you must bake them. You might choose to make fancy Halloween cut-out cookies in holiday shapes (such as bats, cats, pumpkins or other Halloween objects) or simple round ones.
For a phenomenally easy cheater’s basic sugar cookie recipe, read “Sugar Cookie Recipes: The Simple and Super-Simple Way” in a new online window.
Before you begin decorating, be sure to bake your Halloween cookies thoroughly and allow them to cool completely.
Decorating Halloween Cookies: Basic Bats
The simplest round sugar cookies can become batty in a flash. The easiest way to decorate Halloween bat cookies is to create a basic bat stencil. Grab a sheet of plain clean paper. Fold it in half, and cut out a basic bat outline. Be sure to make arcs at the top.
Unsure how to create a bat shape? Look at free online clip-art bats at sites like Classroom Clip-art, Clip-Art Kaboose or Webweaver’s Clip-Art. Download your choice of clip-art, resize it to fit your cookies and cut it out to make your stencil.
Halloween clip-art sites offer plenty of other designs, besides bat, so you can take your pick for stencil-making and Halloween cookie decorating.
Begin decorating your baked and cooled Halloween cookies by glazing them with a clear or white icing. Let cookies stand until glaze has nearly hardened.
Place your cut-out bat or other Halloween stencil on top of one trick or treat cookie. Add chocolate sprinkles to fill the cut-out pattern. Carefully remove the stencil.
Repeat this step (with the chocolate sprinkles) until all Halloween cookies have been decorated. Let cookies stand individually on a counter or flat surface until the decorating designs have set.
Decorating Halloween Cookies: Kooky Kitty Cats
Black cat cookies are a certain treat for Halloween gatherings, and these are easy to decorate.
Frost your baked and cooled Halloween cookies with dark chocolate frosting. Use white chocolate chips to add kitty facial features, making the cat’s pointy ears, eyes, nose and mouth. Place a few coconut flakes on both cheeks to make the Halloween cat’s whiskers.
If you are extra crafty, you might roll the edges of your Halloween cookies in white coconut flakes, while the frosting is still sticky, to add a kitty fur edge.
Decorating Halloween Cookies: Spider Surprises
Creepy crawly spiders are a perennial Halloween favorite for cookie decorators, and they are incredibly easy to make.
Frost your baked and cooled Halloween cookies with chocolate frosting. While the frosting is still sticky, affix eight short strands of black licorice to each cookie to form the spindly spider legs.
Stick a few tiny licorice snips onto the spider’s body, if you wish, to make eyes. Watch your trick-or-treaters snatch up those creepy spider cookies.
Decorating Halloween Cookies: Pretty Perky Pumpkins
Halloween jack-o-lantern cookies may be the easiest decorating project of all, but these are also the most popular.
Frost your baked and cooled Halloween cookies with orange frosting. You can purchase orange flavored frosting, or create your own with food coloring. (Remember, red and yellow may be mixed to create orange.)
Use chocolate chips to form facial features, as you decorate your Halloween cookie pumpkins.
Halloween cookie decorating fun
Trick-or-treaters will cheer, not “Boo,” at these creative creepy Halloween cookies. The process is as fun as the product, of course, as children of all ages will enjoy decorating Halloween cookies and then eating them together.