Halloween is just around the corner and we know that it's the holiday to eat lots of sweets. If you're a lover of cookies like us, we have a special Halloween treat recipe for you.
This Halloween, make some delicious shortbread cookies that your children, friends, and guests will love! Shortbread cookies are a perfect base for a delicious and easy-to-decorate treat for all.
Follow our recipes below for the shortbread Cookies, the royal icing and our simple decoration tips to create spooky Halloween Cookies that will haunt and delight all your guests.
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup softened unsalted butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
tubes of icing
For Royal Icing
1 cup pasteurized egg whites
5 cups sifted powder sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
food coloring of choice
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
In electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the softened butter with powder sugar on medium speed till combine. Add the vanilla extract.
Sift together the flour, cornstarch and baking powder and slowly add to butter sugar mixture on low speed in thirds, till the mixture comes together in a ball. Note: do not over mix. Dough will become tough.
Chill the dough covered with plastic for 30 min. Dust a smooth surface lightly with flour, and roll your shortbread dough out with a rolling pin till its about " thick.
Using your favorite Halloween cookie cutters, cut out your desired shapes and place on parchment covered cookie sheet pans.
Chill cookies for 10 min before baking, to avoid spreading.
Bake at 325 degree's for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
When cookies have cooled, decorate with colored icings.
For Royal Icing
In an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form.
Slowly add the sifted powder sugar to
the egg whites on medium speed. Scrape down bowl as needed. Add lemon juice.
Tip: For thicker royal icing, add more powder sugar. It should be able to hold its shape when piped, similar in consistency to thick toothpaste.
Beat on medium-high speed for 5-8 minutes until mixture thickens, and becomes stiff. Scrape down bowl, and cover with plastic to avoid a skin from forming when not using.
Add food coloring to your royal icings, and have your colors ready to go before you start decorating.
Keep un-used royal icing in refrigerator for up to 5 days covered in an airtight container.
Tip: Bring to room temperature before using again.
To Frost Your Cookies
Working with royal icing is easy. We've got a great basic cookie decorating tutorial to follow - just decorate your cookies using the tips in a Halloween style!