These Halloween Decorated Cookies are spooktacular. With an easy level of decor, involve your kids to spend some time together for fun Halloween activities.
These Halloween Decorated Cookies are chocolatey and naturally deep black, thanks to the black cocoa powder. The great thing about these chocolate cut-out sugar cookies is that they hold their shape as they bake, and even if you keep things simple and easy to decorate, they will be amazing.
These Halloween Decorated Cookies are fun, and festive Halloween treats. All you need is some cookie cutters and royal icing (or store-bought cookie icing if you prefer).
Why you’ll love these Halloween Decorated Cookies
- No spread sugar cookies: their hold their shape
- These chocolate sugar cookies are easy to prepare
- They have great chocolatey flavor and naturally black
- They are the perfect Halloween treats for kids
- They are great for Halloween but use any other cookie-cutter shape for another holiday-themed treat.
- They are also perfect as a base for the day of the dead cookies
- Amazing Halloween gift ideas
- They are good on their own if you don’t fancy decorating them
- Stand mixer but not compulsory. It just makes things easier.
- Halloween cookie cutter. Mine are from Ann Clark Cookie Cutters. (Find it easily on Amazon UK and US)
- A rolling pin with measuring rings is a great tool to flatten the dough evenly but not compulsory
- Baking paper
- I use a perforated silicone sheet, and place it on a perforated aluminum sheet pan for best results. You can use a classic baking tray and baking paper. It works great. However, you may need 1 or 2 extra minutes to bake.
- Piping bag and piping tips to decorate.
Ingredients for these Halloween Decorated Cookies
Chocolate Sugar Cookies:
- Butter: unsalted and softened
- Sugar: powdered sugar
- Salt: one pinch
- Egg: a large one – 55g
- All-purpose flour: measure the flour correctly to avoid excess flour.
- Black cocoa powder: I must admit that it’s not easy to find black cocoa powder in grocery stores, but you will find it online. I use Van Houten Intense Deep black cocoa powder
- Dutch process cocoa powder or regular unsweetened cocoa powder
Note: You can use only natural cocoa powder if you don’t have black cocoa powder. The dough won’t be as black as mine, and the taste will be slightly different, but these Halloween Decorated Cookies will still be delicious.
Black cocoa powder has a slightly roasted flavor, delicious if used with a good balance; that’s why I prefer to mix it with natural cocoa powder for these chocolate sugar cookies. If you like chocolate but not a too strong flavor, replace the black cocoa powder with Dutch process cocoa powder or regular unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Pasteurized egg white
- Powder sugar
- Vanilla extract: optional
Can I make these cookies ahead of time?
Yes, prepare the dough 2 days in advance, wrap it and let it in the fridge. Alternatively, freeze the dough for up to 2 months.
Another option: prepare the cookies, place them in the lined baking tray, cover them with plastic wrap and then place them in the fridge for 24 to 48 hours.
How to store the Halloween Decorated Cookies?
1 week in an airtight container at room temperature.
Can I Freeze them?
Yes, best to freeze them undecorated. Wrap the Halloween decorated cookies with cling paper and place them in an airtight container for up to 1 month.
These decorated Halloween cookies are based on my sweet pastry recipe, so the tips are pretty much the same as the sweet pastry recipe.
- Ingredients at room temperature.
- Weigh your ingredients for the best results.
- The dough: add the ingredient in the order given. Flour at the end.
- Don’t overwork the dough.
- Chill the dough.
- Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to avoid adding flour. (Use a rolling pin with measuring rings to flatten the dough easily)
- If you need to add flour to help you roll out the dough, choose cocoa powder instead; it will avoid getting white powder on your cookies.
- Chill the raw cookies for 45 minutes before baking or even overnight. The dough should be cold when ready to go to the oven.
- Low temperature to bake these cookies helps to reach the right texture.
- For the royal icing, add powdered sugar gradually to control the consistency.
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If you tried these Halloween Decorated Cookies or any recipe on the blog, let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment below.