Bat and pumpkin Halloween cookies recipe

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  • Nut-free
  • Vegetarian
makes: 18
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 12 min
(may need 2 mins extra)
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  • Bat cookies or sweet pumpkin shaped snacks are the perfect treat to make and then enjoy with kids at home over Halloween.

    These spooky cookies are a fun Halloween treat, and a great opportunity for you to show off your decorating skills. Plus, they look great put out on a plate at a Halloween party too. Using just four, simple, store cupboard ingredients, these easy Halloween bat cookies take just 10 minutes to prep. Out of the oven in less than 20, just let them cool before decorating.


    • 100g (4oz) butter, softened
    • 50g (2oz) caster sugar
    • 150g (5oz) sifted plain flour
    • 2.5ml (½ tsp) ground mixed spice


    • To make this cookie recipe, place the softened butter in a bowl with the caster sugar and beat until pale and creamy. Stir in the sifted plain flour and ground mixed spice and mix to a stiff dough. Wrap in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 mins.

    • Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and stamp out about 10 bats and 8 pumpkins, re-rolling the dough as necessary. Place on a large lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 12-14 mins until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack.

    • Decorate the cold cookies with thinly rolled-out coloured fondant and attach with a little glacé icing. Pipe faces and eyes with icing or cut out faces with the tip of a small knife.

    Top tip for making Bat and pumpkin Halloween cookies

    You can find packs of themed cookie cutters in kitchenware shops or some larger supermarket, but if not, just cut out templates from firm card.

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