I’m going to give you a three’fer in this one post — yep, three-for-one font-astic ideas. Like that play on words? What I mean is I’ve got three edible ways of writing on Halloween cookies: flat, raised with glitz, and edible markers. The first uses royal icing as the font called, “wet on wet” technique (see EEK cookie in photo as example) the second uses a technique where you apply a ‘raised layer of royal icing’ and glam it out with glitzy sugars, and the third uses AmeriColor Gourmet Writer pens to write in a haunting, street-smart font (see BOO cookie). Let’s get spookin’ peeps.
The sugar cookie recipe I use is my tried-and-true Perfect Sugar Cookie recipe. Whip up a batch day of or a few days before (store the dough in the fridge) and roll out for decoration when you’re ready for cute Halloween cookies.
WET-ON-WET: SPOOK UP YOUR HALLOWEEN COOKIES WITH ROYAL ICING
Once you’ve selected your colors, fill multiple piping bags and add your tips (for this recipe, I used Wilton #1). A great trick I’ve found to work every time is to plug the tip with a toothpick when you’re not using the icing. This way the icing at the tip doesn’t dry and clump and come off on the precious Halloween cookies.
I used the wet-on-wet technique to write in the “EEK” and “31” design. You are flooding back-to-back with purple and white to create a design that appears ‘flat’ and has one clean surface. So the first step is to flood the entire cookie base with your background color (I heart purple!). Immediately, you flood with the font color white to spell out “EEK” in graffiti style! While you wait to chomp on these fun designs, sketch out what you want your cookie design to be.
OUTLINING: RAISED DESIGN & GLITZ
Once you’ve selected your colors, fill multiple piping bags and add your tips (for this recipe, I used Wilton #1 or Ateco 1 or 2). Fill your cookie base with purple and then let it dry completely. Some folks suggest 24 hours, but shoot, who has 24 hours to revisit a cookie? I say, let it dry (just enough to the touch) and then go for writing the second ‘raised’ layer.
Next, use white to write in whatever spooky font you love. I personally love street art style, or a graffiti-like font, and so after writing BOO, I then drag out the letters slightly to give it a drip effect.
This cute little spidey needs to wait to drop down from his web until the base coat of icing is completely dry (otherwise it will be wet-on-wet, eek!)
ADD SOME GLITZ TO YOUR HALLOWEEN COOKIES!
It’s best to sprinkle on edible sanding sugar when the royal icing font is still wet, so the glitter will stick. Shake off excess after the royal icing is completely dry to the touch. If you do it too soon, it will clump, but if you wait awhile the sanding sugar will whisk right off the cookie.
EDIBLE MARKERS FOR YOUR FONT
The AmeriColor Gourmet Writer pens make the decorations easy – a raised hair easier than the royal icing font because all you have to do is pick up a pen, no piping bags to get out or tips to clean. You’ll want to pick a lighter base coat as your canvas, like a white, so that you can have more Americolor hues to choose from. And scribble away!
Remember, the base cookie shape is up to you — I used rectangles, circles, and ghost cookie cutters but anything works! Just pick a shape that gives you enough room to write what you want. “Halloween” is a long one, but BOO! and EEK! and the ominous “31” all work well.
Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography