Having A Little Coffin Break | AW15

As Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I would make some Halloween inspired cookies for having a little coffin break. I chose to use a traditional sugar cookie recipe (from a book I had at home) and add my own twist for decoration. I thought I would share how I did this and how they turned out.


350g plain flour
5ml bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
115g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg
115g milk

175g icing sugar
5-6tsp warm water


  1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and nutmeg into a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, caster sugar and vanilla essence until the mixture is light a fluffy. Add the egg and beat to mix well.
  3. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk to make a soft dough. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius /Gas mark 4.
  5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Stamp out shapes of your choice and place them on ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Use a spatula to transfer the cookies onto a cooling rack.
  7. Mix together your icing sugar and warm water (add more of each depending on how much icing you need)
  8. Spread evenly onto cookies and wait for them to solidify.
  9. Once ready, pour hot water into a pan and place a bowl of chocolate pieces on top.
  10. Wait for the chocolate to melt, stirring gently to avoid burning.
  11. Once melted, use the chocolate to draw ghostly faces onto the cookies (tip: you may want to wait for the chocolate to cool a bit to avoid the white icing melting).
  12. Now, you can eat them.


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