How to Make Floral Skull Cookies
Go for a festival feel this Halloween and make some floral skull cookies with a colourful design for a more celebratory, and less scary, Halloween bake.
1. Bake and cool your cookies.
350g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
115g unsalted butter, softened
300g white granulated sugar
1 large free range egg
1 1/2 teaspoons Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Wilton Almond Extract
Preheat oven to 180ºC.
In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Mix flour, baking powder and salt; add to butter mixture 100g at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls.
Roll out the cookie dough to about 1/8 inch thick on a floured surface and cut out using the skull cutter.
Place on a baking sheet and cook for approx 8-10 mins or until turning very light brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
2. Make the royal icing according the instructions below. Divide into 4 batches, leaving one white and colouring the other three respectively in black, orange and violet. Cover with a damp tea towel to prevent crusting.
3 table spoons Wilton Meringue Powder
450g icing Sugar
6-7 tablespoons Water
Beat all ingredients in large bowl with electric mixer until icing forms peaks and loses its sheen: 7-10 mins for a stand mixer, 10-12 mins for a hand mixer.
5. Prepare 3 Wilton Disposable piping bags, each with a No.2 Tip.
6. Knead the icing until pliable then roll out on a surface dusted with icing sugar until approx 1/8 inch thick. Cut out an equal number of skulls (to match your cookies) using the skull cookie cutter.
7. Using the white royal icing, spread a thin layer over the top of the centre of the cookies then place a skull cut out of fondant on top. The royal icing will adhere the fondant to the cookie. Repeat for all the cookies and allow to dry.
8. Fill the three disposable piping bags with the three colours of royal icing. Alternating the three colours, create a design for each cookie to include eyes, a nose and mouth. Then pipe flowers, swirls and dots to give detail and interest to the cookie shape.
It looks really effective if the design are all slightly different to each other so let your creativity flower and create bespoke cookies!