October 31, 2008

Minty Mummies and their Skeleton Friends

All the cool kids are doing it so I had to make a batch of Halloween cookies today. Oddly enough this meant rummaging through my Christmas decorations for my gingerbread man cookie cutters. Alex is dressing up as a mummy tonight. So, I planned on making all the cookies chocolate cut outs with mint icing, ie Mint Mummies. Shelly's skeletons (from her blog Musings from the Fishbowl ) were so cute I had to attempt a few skeletons to add to my cookie army. I used a mini gingerbread man cutter (3-inch) and a chocolate cut out cookie recipe from the blog Baking Bites. Using this recipe as a starting point, I substituted Earth Balance for the butter and replaced a half cup of the flour with whole wheat. The dough was mildly chocolatey which I liked a lot and super easy to work with. The finished cookies reminded me of chocolate graham crackers but once they were topped with the mint frosting they transformed into something reminiscent of Thin Mints. These are going to be remade as snowflakes for sure! For my icing, I skipped the egg white and made a vegan royal icing with powdered sugar, soymilk and a few drops of peppermint extract. I just added each ingredient til I had the right consistency and taste. I'll try and write down the amounts next time. When Alex and John saw them they disappeared faster than I could say Boo! Happy Halloween everyone!

Baking Bites recipe for Mummy Cookies with White Chocolate Wrapping
Musings from the Fishbowl super cute Scary Skeleton Cookies
Further credit goes to My Paper Crane for the beautifully decorated Ginger Skeletons

My spooky cookie army

Alex made me make him a jack-o-lantern to wear.
The blur was completely unintentional and not photoshopped but I love the creepy effect.

I'm adding this to Bookmarked Recipes, an event started by Ruth's Kitchen's Experiments. Visit her site for the roundup of other bookmarked and tested recipes.