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!
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.
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
1 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.
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.