Halloween is the perfect time to try out some of the cookie decorating skills that I have been working on all year! These Tombstone Halloween Cookies are an extra special trick and treat gift for the kids especially after the year we have had! So here to go a step-by-step guide including cookie recipe on how to make Tombstone Cookies.
How to Make Halloween Cookies
One of the problems that I have had with cookies in the past is that when it comes to cooking them using a sugar cookie recipe they tend to spread. So with some reading around through my cookbook collection, I’ve found this cookie recipe that doesn’t. So it is perfect for making decorated cookies like these Tombstone ones for Halloween.
To get the decoration right you are looking at a 12+hr time to decorate as you want the icing to set before you add the details to the top. Using royal icing this way lets you make lots of additions and have the raised look that you can see in the pictures. If you don’t allow the icing to set then instead it will sink it, run together and look a mess.
So on your first day, you want to make the cookies, let them cool and complete the first stage of decorating them so that the base is completed.
Then on the second day, you add in the details the icing will be fine overnight so don’t worry about making up more.
How to Store Royal Icing for Decorating Cookies
Royal icing can be stored in the pipping bags or containers in the fridge overnight.
When you want to use them again remove from the fridge and then allow to come to room temperature before re-mixing and using so that it can soften up again.
Kitchen Essentials we used to Make these Cookies
There are a couple of little extra’s that we used to make the cookies that maybe you don’t have in your kitchen but I find very useful when making them.
I have made royal icing in the past by hand. But, it is HARD WORK so getting a stand-mixer has saved my arms and made the whole cookie decorating process a LOT quicker. Although I would love a Kitchen Aid (because of the look of them!) I really can’t justify the cost of one so I have a budget-friendly stand mixer which does the job.
These cookies could be cut out using a template but save yourself some time and get a tombstone cookie cutter. The kids use mine for their cookies as well and for playdough.
When it comes to pipping bags – I do like being a little environmental friendly so use reusable silicone bags. I like this set that comes with lots of different tips. For decorating these cookies I used the number 2 tip. Oh and don’t forget a squeezy bottle although you can infill your design with a piping bag filled the squeezy bottle is a lot easier to do.