Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Halloween Cookies

It's exactly ten days until Halloween! Yesterday, I decided to do a little bit of baking and make some sugar cookies. Let me just start by saying, decorative icing is a lot harder than it looks! I'm still laughing at my mummy and how disastrous it turned out. My favourite cookie would be the vampire! *Insert Twilight joke here* I had a standard sugar cookie recipe which I then attempted to make sightly healthier. Obviously not entirely healthy because sugar is basically what Halloween is all about! If only we celebrated Halloween a bit more here in Australia. I know some of you talented bakers out there can probably do a lot better, but I thought I'd just share mine to get your creative juices flowing in case you wanted to do something similar for Halloween.

Halloween Sugar Cookies (Serves 16) 
80g coconut oil
80g caster sugar
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
300g plain flour
pinch of salt
4 egg whites

Royal Icing
250g icing sugar
1 egg white
¼ tsp cream of tartar
Queen's writing icing

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line your tray with baking paper
2. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave or over a low heat until it's a liquid consistency
3. Beat the coconut oil, caster sugar, bicarb of soda, salt and egg whites.
4. Slowly add in the flour until it forms a dough consistency
5. Flour down the table and roll out the dough using a rolling pin
6. Cut out little circles using a small cookie cutter
7. Place them on the lined tray and let them bake for 10 minutes
8. Allow them to cool slightly and then refrigerate
9. Beat the egg white until it has a thick meringue consistency
10. Gradually add in the icing sugar and cream of tartar
11. Allow the cookies to completely cool before spreading on the royal icing
12. Refrigerate for a few minutes until the royal icing has dried
13. Decorate using Queen's writing icing however you like!
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