Want to make some fun Halloween cookies without the hassle? Not interested in making cookies from scratch, but would rather just spend the time decorating? The following are some suggestions for Halloween cookie decoration that’s fun and easy.
Decorating with Stickers and Decorating with Rings are two ways to decorate frosted cookies. To make the frosted cookies, purchase unfrosted cookies from the bakery then frost it yourself or bake your own cookies then frost them. Don’t buy cookies that have already been frosted because then the frosting tends to be hard and more difficult to work with.
An easy way to bake your own is to be buy pre-made dough. I personally love Pilsbury’s Ready to Bakes and Holiday Cookies. You should be able to find both in the refrigerated sections at your local grocery.
Decorating with Stickers
One thing that all children love is stickers. I’ve spent several years teaching kindergarteners and first graders how to read, and it’s amazing how motivated they are by the prospect of receiving stickers. A neat and cheap thing to do is to decorate frosted cookies with Halloween stickers.
You’ll need medium-sized Halloween stickers, index cards, and of course your freshly frosted cookie.
1. Purchase a package of medium-sized Halloween stickers. Cut the stickers out, but do not remove the stickers from their wax paper.
2. Cut index cards into a rectangular or square shape large enough to cover each sticker.
3. You want to make sure that your frosted cookie is larger than the piece of index card.
4. Put a piece of double-sided tape onto the back of the wax paper, and stick that to the white part of the index card.
5. Stick the index card onto the frosted cookie.
The reason you want the index card to put on the frosted cookie as opposed to just the sticker itself is to help prevent the sticker from getting covered in frosting. This is a fantastic family activity. Take the family to the store to pick out those stickers, then spend time together cutting, taping, and lastly arriving at the final product.
Decorating with Rings
Remember purchasing all those cupcakes from the bakery with rings on them? Why not do the same with your Halloween cookies?
You’ll need plastic Halloween rings and freshly frosted cookies.
Frost your cookie, and stick a plastic Halloween ring on top. You can find rings at Halloween specialty stores (they usually pop up around Halloween time) or in crafts stores. Call ahead to ask before wasting the time and gas.
Halloween Fortune Cookie
Let your creative writing juices flow in this project. You’ll need a few 5 x 8 index cards cut into long thick strips, cookies, and icing.
1. Write spooky fortunes on the strips of index cards. An example of one is: “Watch when and where you say boo, for there is a ghost watching and hearing you.”
2. Fold the strips of fortune over such that the ink is on the inside of the folded strips.
3. Ice only one side of each cookie. Put a fortune in between, then stick the iced sides of two different cookies together so that you form a cookie sandwich.
You can use any type of cookie for this. If your favorite flavor is oatmeal raisin, use that as the cookie base. To celebrate Halloween even more, I recommend using Halloween cookie designs. You can bake your cookies in the shape of a pumpkin or bat or some other Halloween symbol by using cookie cutters. Another method to infuse more Halloween spirit is to bake the refrigerated dough with fun Halloween pictures on them. Pilsbury Halloween Holiday Cookies have some fun designs.
Also, if you’re not too into icing, use peanut butter or nutella to hold two cookies together. Chocolate chip cookies or double chocolate cookies are fantastic with peanut butter.
To further enhance these cookies, feel free to ice or frost and spread sprinkles on top of the cookie sandwiches.