Yesterday was one of those days. We planned to go pumpkin picking, but the weather literally pissed all over that plan. Plan B, decorating spooky Halloween cookies, was a hit, thankfully. But after that it all went wrong again. Icing too runny, my remaining daylight photo bulb smashed, my black background ended up full of crumbs… this post just did not want to happen! I seriously debated just forgetting about it, but then I reminded myself that blogging is about life. And my life sure as hell isn’t perfect. So I decided to share our somewhat clumsy spooky Halloween cookies with you anyway, because we had so much fun making them!
Cookie decorating is one of my favourite toddler-friendly activities now that Isla’s fine motor skills are fairly developed. I use either the chocolate, sugar or gingerbread cookie dough from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar. The dough usually comes together in about ten minutes or less. Then it gets what into the fridge for about an hour or so (or for the duration of and old-school Disney film. Which, had you noticed, are usually only about 70 minutes long, and therefor perfect for cookie-chilling time-killing).
When it’s chilled, I roll it out, Isla helps cut the shapes, they bake for less than 10 minutes, cool in less than five and hey presto! Very little effort required. To prepare the decorations, I throw all our sprinkles on the table, add a small icing brush and throw together a batch of vegan royal icing. If you follow the recipe and don’t just chuck together aquafaba and icing sugar your icing won’t be too runny, either, right, Hannah!? Jake and I then pipe our cookies, while Isla paints her icing on with a brush. If you have a PVC tablecloth, the cleanup isn’t too bad either!
For yesterday’s spooky Halloween cookies, we used chocolate dough. I thought the dark colour would contrast nicely with the white and orange icing, which it did! We also used witch’s had and bat cookies cutters, which made the whole project so much easier. You can find similar ones HERE and HERE. To colour my icing, I like to use sugarflair paste colours, which are vegan and easy to use.
After the cookies were baked, the whole project took us about an hour. It was a lovely way to spend some quality time together and keep a wriggly toddler entertained on a rainy afternoon. We’ll definitely be making spooky Halloween cookies again next year!
How do you keep your kids happy and busy when you’re stuck indoors? I’m always looking for new, creative ideas at this time of year!