skeleton cookies

I love all holidays but there's a special place in my heart for Halloween because it's also my birthday :)  Halloween is just around the corner, so I decorated my house and baked up a batch of creepy-cute cookies to share with friends.  I've got some other Halloween treats in mind, and I can't wait to see them all on a plate together.  Do you have any Halloween treats on your "to-bake" list?   

Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour

Melt 1/4 cup of the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add the cocoa powder and espresso powder and stir until the mixture forms a paste.  Set the chocolate mixture aside to cool for 10-15 minutes.

In the stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream the remaining butter with the sugar.  Add the salt and cooled cocoa mixture and mix until well combined (scrape the sides of the bowl down a few times).  Add the egg yolks and vanilla and beat until smooth and combined.  Leave the mixer running on low and add the flour in 3 separate additions; scrape down the bowl and make sure all the flour is incorporated after each addition.  Wrap the dough in saran wrap and chill for about 30 minutes before rolling out.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.  After the dough is chilled divide it in half and roll it out to about 1/8" thickness on a lightly floured counter top.  Cut out the dough using a gingerbread man cookie cutter.  Bake for about 12 minutes.  Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.  Allow the cookies to cool completely before decorating.


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tsp cold water

Stir all ingredients together.  Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a small plain tip.  Decorate the cookies with icing 'bones'.

Recipe adapted from More Best Recipes by America's Test Kitchen

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