Halloween recipe: gingerbread creatures

Method

Looking for a halloween recipe? These spooky gingerbread biscuits are sure to bring a smile to Halloween party-goers’ faces. Serve them on a tray next to your other spooky delights.

Beat the butter and sugar together. Add the egg, flour and spices. The dough should be coming together as you mix it. Stir in the treacle, the dough needs to be rollable but not too wet. If the dough is dry, add more treacle. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate the mixture for 1 – 2 hours before rolling out. This is done so that the dough isn’t too soft.

Roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut out your shapes with the cookie cutters. To make headless zombies, cut off their heads with a knife and stick them onto one of their arms. Place on trays allowing space to spread.

Place the cut shapes onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake at 180 degrees for 12 minutes.

Cutting the shapes

Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Once cooled, mix up your icing.  Add drops of food colouring until you have mixed up the colour of your choice. Add more if the colour looks pale, but do this slowly!

Mixing the icingGet creative piping your weird and wonderful ghoulish designs onto your biscuits. We used white, red and black icing, but you can choose your own favourite colours.

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Ta daaargh! You have now made your own ghoulish gingerbread creatures.

Halloween gingerbread creatures

Ingredients

Makes 40

 Dough:

150ml black treacle

450g plain flour

1 ½ tsp ground ginger

1 ½ tsp ground cloves

1 ½ rsp cinnamon

100g butter

90g brown sugar

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 egg

Cookie cutter shapes of your choice

For the icing:

1 egg white

½ tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

310g icing sugar, sifted

Food colourings of your choice

 

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