Updated: Apr 18, 2019
If you really want to freak out your guests, make these! Fun fact: I love the Halloween movie franchise. So much that I have seen all 11 films about a dozen times each. I'd like to dedicate these to Michael Myers himself in honor of opening weekend, and how cute are those mini knives!?
3 sticks unsalted butter (room temp)
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
5 cups four
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
extra flour for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. On low speed blend in eggs and extracts until smooth.
4. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
5, Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes (it will be way too sticky if you don't!).
6. On a countertop, flour surface and rolling pin.
7, Roll out the dough to desired thickness (using flour when sticky) and round cookie cutter.
8, Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet (I use a metal spatula to help transfer if they begin to stick). Bake for 7 minutes.
9. Quickly remove the cookies from sheet and let cool.
10. Frost cookies with royal icing - recipe below
You must make two separate icings for frosting each cookie
*Some powdered sugar brands have a different consistency so you can adjust milk levels if too thick / thin
Outline Icing -
1 cup powdered sugar
1 TB milk
1 TB light corn syrup
1. Stir together all ingredients until smooth.
2. Using a baking squeeze bottle or piping bag, outline cookie.
3. Let dry 15 minutes before using flood icing.
Flood Icing -
2 cups powdered sugar
2 TB milk
2 TB light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1. Stir together all ingredients until creamy.
2. Using baking squeeze bottle or piping bag, slowly flood cookie (be sure to stay inside the outline to avoid leaking).
3. Let dry for 1 hour.
To Splatter Cookies -
10 - 20 drops red food coloring
1/2 cup water
1. Lay newspaper or plastic on table and put on rubber glove.
2. Put cookies side by side on large cookie sheet on top of newspaper.
3. Stir together the water and food coloring.
4. Dip fingers (with rubber glove) into food coloring and splatter/flick over cookies until you are happy with the design of your blood spatter. I inserted mini candy knives I found at the wilton store! Party City also has a Wilton section you can find them.
5. Store in airtight container. Do not stack the cookies, the frosting is made slightly soft so the blood spatter can absorb.