Touch of Nectar

{October 26, 2008}   Gingerbread Skeletons – Cookie of the Week #4

I knew when I saw these cookies on Epicurious that I was going to have to make them. I completely enamoured with the concept. They are the perfect cookie to make around Halloween time!

The dough MUST be refrigerated before trying to work with it. It is very soft, but produces a light, soft cookie.  In hindsight, I would have chilled the dough in small batches. It softens up very quickly as you are rolling and cutting your shapes.I went out and bought a set of


animal cookie cutters specifically for this recipe. With a toddler in the house, I have a feeling I’ll be using them often.  When looking at all the other kitchen and baking things at the store I found icing! Made by Wilton. I iced the cookies with this instead of making a separate batch of Royal icing. It was okay – a little sugary for my tastes. Looks pretty good on the cookies though.



Gingerbread Skeletons
Number of servings will depend on your cookie cutters

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup water
2 1/2 cups flour, sifted
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon allspice
white decorating icing , with small tip In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter together. Add molasses and water. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, nutmeg, baking soda, ginger, and allspice. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet and blend until the dough holds together.


Cover and chill for 2-3 hours.Preheat the oven to 375°F. Roll out dough 1/4″ thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheets or cooling racks.
Using the white decorating icing, decorate the cookies with “bones” so that they resemble skeletons.

I let the cookies cool for about an hour before putting on the icing. I made skeleton fish, sharks, camels, bears, elephants, geckos, cats, flamingos and a bunch of others. Not exactly traditional Halloween cookies, but it was fun!! Half of the cookies are gone already thanks to Hubby and the Madster.  I couldn’t find my gingerbread men and women, so we only had animal skeletons. I don’t think anyone minded. lol.



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