It’s the 1st of October! Which means, Halloween month has officially started! Halloween is my favourite holiday and has been since I was a young child. I love to go all out on decorations and treats! One of the things I love to make every year are Halloween Cookies. I love to spend some time designing what I want on the cookie and piping them is very therapeutic. Like mindful colouring but mindful piping (plus you can eat it). So I thought I would create a Halloween Cookies Using Royal Icing tutorial, perfect for beginners.

I announced on Instagram stories, this morning, that every Thursday for the month of October I will be uploading a post sharing a Halloween treat for you to make! I’m so excited for this month and for the content I am creating. Read more of the best of this season here: Autumn Bucket List: S’mores and Magic

Royal Icing

I’ll leave the recipe further down but when you make this batch it will be quite solid. When doing royal icing decoration on cookies you will want some with a solid consistency and some with a softer/runnier consistency. You can split the royal icing up into different bowls to alter the consistency and colour. To soften the icing add 1 tsp of lemon juice at a time, mixing well in between, until you achieve your desired consistency. Then decant into separate piping bags and snip the ends off creating a small hole at the end.

The solid icing will be used to pipe boarders and details and the softer icing will be used for flooding. Most of the designs below will require you to pipe the boarder, leave to dry (5 or 10 minutes). Then, flood the biscuit up to the boarders and leave to dry (20-25 minutes) before piping details on top with the more solid icing.

The recipe I use is Mary Berry’s (can always trust good ol’ Mary Berry) but I don’t use glycerine. If you want to attempt all of the designs below you will need to split the batch of icing into 10 for :

  • Solid white icing
  • Soft white icing
  • Solid black/grey icing
  • Soft black/grey icing
  • Solid orange icing
  • Soft orange icing
  • Solid green icing
  • Soft green icing
  • Solid purple icing
  • Soft purple icing

Top Tip: Mistakes

If you mess up the boarder, use a cocktail stick to scrape off the icing before it dries and re-pipe.

Flooding

Flooding is where you use the softer icing to fill the biscuit in. You will need a cocktail stick or skewer to spread the icing out evenly and pop any air bubbles. Move the cocktail stick in small circles to spread the icing evenly over the surface of the biscuit. Then, gently tap the biscuit on a surface and shake side to side to ensure the icing is level and has no air bubbles trapped.

Halloween Cookie Designs For Royal Icing

I didn’t want to make cookies that require any fancy equipment or specific cutters. I wanted to make it so anyone can make these at home with whatever they’ve got. All I used was a simple circle cutter and a gingerbread man cutter. Check out my Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe. This made about 20 round cookies and 6 gingerbread men shapes. Bonus: it doesn’t have to be chilled in the fridge for hours before use! You can use it straight away!

Read the post above about Royal Icing and how to use it before following the following tutorials. Here are my Halloween Cookies Using Royal Icing:

1. Spider Web Cookies

Halloween Cookies: Spider Web Cookies

These cookies are so effective and yet so simple. You can use any colours you like but I am a fan of the classic Halloween colours of orange, green, black and purple.

You will need:

  • 1 round sugar cookie
  • Solid icing and soft icing in the same colour
  • Soft icing in a different colour
  • 1 cocktail stick/skewer

Step 1:
Pipe a boarder with solid icing around the edge of the biscuit. Leave to dry.

Step 2:
Flood the biscuit with a base colour and use a cocktail stick to even it out (see above). Then pipe soft icing of another colour onto the wet base in circles.

Step 3:
Using a cocktail stick, drag it through the icing from centre to rim. Repeat all the way around the biscuit, creating a web effect.

Step 4:
You can leave it to dry as it is or place a sprinkle in the centre. Alternatively, you can leave the icing to dry and pipe a small spider in the centre with solid icing.

2. Blood Spatter Cookies

These are probably the easiest to make but the messiest. This is one the kids will love to do!

You will need:

  • 1 round sugar cookie
  • White solid icing and white soft icing.
  • Soft red icing (in a bowl not a piping bag)
  • 1 cocktail stick
  • a paintbrush or fork.

Step 1:
Pipe a white boarder around the cookie. Leave to dry.

Step 2:
Pipe soft white icing all over the cookie and spread to boarders with the cocktail stick. Leave to dry.

Step 3:
Splatter the red icing over the cookie using a paintbrush or fork to flick it on. You might want to lay the cookie on a paper towel. Leave to dry.

3. Boo-tiful Ghost

This is a personal favourite. How cute is she? Obviously, you could easily make this into a boy ghost by not piping the bow on top or (if you’re feeling creative) you could pipe a top hat. Make it a fancy ghost!

You will need:

  • 1 round sugar cookie
  • White solid icing and white soft icing
  • Solid orange icing
  • Solid black/grey icing
  • 1 cocktail stick
  • Optional: orange confectioners dust and sprinkles

Step 1:
Pipe the outline of the ghost in white solid icing. Make an ‘S’ shape through the centre then follow the rim of the cookie to join the ends. Leave to dry.

Step 2:
Flood the shape with soft white icing. Using a cocktail stick, ensure it is even (see above). Leave to dry.

Step 3:
Once dry, pipe on the facial features with the solid black/grey icing. Then, pipe an orange bow on the ghost’s head.

Optional: Add a sprinkle to the centre of the bow and dust some cheeks on in orange confectioners dust. Leave to dry.

4. Bubbling Cauldron

This is a design that you creatives can really make your own. Change the colour of the bubbles, add sprinkles or details to the cauldron. The possibilities are endless!

You will need:

  • 1 round sugar cookie
  • Solid grey icing and soft grey icing
  • 1 cocktail stick
  • Solid green icing

Step 1:
Using the solid grey icing, pipe a cauldron shape on the bottom half of the cookie. Leave to dry.

Step 2:
Flood the cauldron shape with the soft grey icing. Using a cocktail stick, ensure it is even. Using the solid grey icing, pipe on the ‘feet’ of the cauldron. Leave to dry.

Step 3:
Pipe circles of varying sizes using the green solid icing. Try to make the green bubbles cascade down the cauldron to make it look like it is over flowing.

Top tip: Wet your finger with some water and gently tap the top of your piped icing to get rid of spikey tips and make the green bubbles smooth on top.

5. Happy Pumpkin

Is there anything cuter than the classic happy pumpkin? This is a bit more of a tricky design but feel free to give it ago! However, it will only take a couple of tries to master.

You will need:

  • 1 round sugar cookie
  • Solid orange icing and soft orange icing
  • Solid white icing
  • Solid grey/black icing
  • Red confectioners dust (optional)

Step 1:
Using the solid orange icing, pipe the three segments of the pumpkin as shown and leave to dry.

Step 2:
Flood the segments separately with soft orange icing. Using a cocktail stick, even it out. Leave to dry.

Step 3:
Pipe on the stalk of the pumpkin and the smile with the solid grey/black icing. Then pipe on the eyes with the solid white icing and top with solid grey/black icing for pupils.

Step 4:
Create cheeks with red confectioners dust (optional)

6. Toothy Monsters

I love these for the effect in the flooding. Combining two colours always gives an amazing effect.

You will need:

  • 1 round sugar cookie
  • Solid and soft icing of one colour (I used green or orange)
  • Soft icing of a different colour (I used purple or green)
  • Solid white icing
  • Solid black/grey icing
  • 1 cocktail stick

Step 1:
Pipe a boarder around the rim of the biscuit in the solid icing. Leave to dry.

Step 2:
Flood the biscuit with soft icing that is the same colour as the boarder. Even out with a cocktail stick. While still wet, pipe dots of varying size, using soft icing of a different colour. Leave to sink into the wet base and allow to dry.

Step 3:
Pipe a mouth with the solid grey/black icing. Then, pipe eyes and teeth with the solid white icing before topping the eyes with more grey/black icing to make pupils. Leave to dry.

7. The Mummy Cookie

This will require an extra piece of equipment: a ribbon piping nozzle. This will create the bandage look for the mummy.

You will need:

  • 1 gingerbread man shaped sugar cookie
  • Solid green icing and soft green icing
  • Solid white icing (in a piping bag fitted with the ribbon nozzle)
  • 1 cocktail stick
  • Solid grey/black icing

Step 1:
Create a boarder outlining the gingerbread man shape, using the solid green icing. Leave to dry.

Step 2:
Flood the biscuit with the green soft icing and using a cocktail stick ensure it is even. Leave to dry.

Step 3:
Using the solid grey/black icing, pipe two eyes. Then using the solid white icing (and the ribbon nozzle) pipe on his bandages. Leave to dry.

8. Mr Bones

Yes, I named him. You can use any colours you like, I think he would look quite nice in a neon green too! Similarly, you can play around with the background colour too. For example, I think black would be a really good to make the colour of the skeleton pop.

You will need:

  • 1 gingerbread man shaped sugar cookie
  • Solid orange icing and soft orange icing
  • Solid white icing
  • 1 cocktail stick

Step 1:
Pipe a boarder around the biscuit with the solid orange icing. Leave to dry.

Step 2:
Flood the biscuit with the soft orange icing and ensure it is smooth with the cocktail stick. Leave to dry.

Step 3:
Using the solid white icing, pipe on the skeleton design. You can copy mine or create your own. Leave to dry.

Finally, there you have it! Eight very simple and yet very effective Halloween Cookies using Royal Icing. This is perfect to do with the kids this Halloween as I know a lot of people’s plans have been cancelled. Instead, why not stay in, get dressed up, make some cookies and watch a scary movie together?! Perfect night in!

As always, thank you so much for reading and please check out my latest project of designing T-shirts and Tote Bags (you may find some Halloween themed things in there too). Head over and check it out: https://the-ramblings-of-lottie.teemill.com/

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