This is now my favorite cookie recipe. What makes it so wonderful for me is that it is not only delicious, but it is about as easy as it gets to make. I believe in the philosophy of making it as creepy as possible, as easy as possible. You have way too many other things to do, to worry about every treat becoming a major project.
This is simply making cookies using your favorite sugar cookie recipe. If you do not have one then I want to share with you my favorite sugar cookie recipe.
ElsBeth’s Sugar Cookies:
3-1/4 Cup Flour
1-1/2 Cup Sugar
2/3 Cup Shortening
2-1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 Tbl. Milk
1 Tbl. Almond Extract
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 tsp. Salt
In a large bowl, measure all ingredients, mix at medium speed. You can refrigerate for 2-3 hours or after mixing, roll out and with a cookie cutter, cut into shapes. For crisp cookies, roll dough thin. Maybe 1/8″. For softer cookies roll 1/4″ thick.
Place cookies 1/2″ apart on lightly greased cookie sheet.
In a preheated oven at 400 degrees, bake for 7-8 minutes.
Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies.
Once you have your cookies all baked and ready for the frosting, make this very simple Cookie Glaze which makes about 2/3 cup of glaze.
2-1/4 Cups Confectioners Sugar
2 Tbl. Light Corn Syrup
1-1/2 Tbl. Milk (may need more)
Food Coloring (optional. I leave it white for better contrast with the blood.)
For the red blood glaze, take a small amount of the left over glaze, thin to a runny consistency and add red food coloring to achieve the deep blood color. If you are having trouble getting a deep enough color, you can add some chocolate syrup to get a darker red.
Using a fork, dribble and flick the red glaze onto cookies to look like blood splatter. Now if that isn’t creepy, I don’t know what is. When my grandkids were told we had sugar cookies, they ran into the room, reached for a cookie and stopped dead in their tracks. Their first response was Ewww! Their second response was Yumm!