These spooky Halloween Cookies are chewy sugar cookies flavoured with Vanilla, Chocolate and Orange. They may look striking but these fun cookies come together in a few simple steps and will make a great treat this on the table this halloween.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Fun and Playful | These cookies are so much fun to make and are perfectly suited for seasonal celebrations like halloween. Once you’ve coloured your three doughs you can get all the family involved brining the together into balls and watching as they bake.
Adaptable for various seasons | The base of this recipe is so easily adapted so you can replicate this recipe for any season or celebration. Colour them Red, Green and White for Christmas, Orange, Green and White for St Patricks Day or go for the classic Neapolitan flavours of Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry where this recipe originated.
Delicious soft cookie | The best part about these cookies is that with each bite you get the texture of a chewy cookie and a combination of delicious flavours. Chocolate, Vanilla and Orange work so well together and take this cookie to the next level.
HOW TO MAKE THESE HALLOWEEN COOKIES
Prepare the ingredients | Ahead of mixing any ingredients, so you don’t miss anything out it’s best to get all the ingredients measured out and ready, especially the butter as you’ll need to make sure it is at room temperature.
Make the base dough | The dough comes together really easily. Simply beat the butter and sugar together until creamy, then add the eggs and vanilla, followed by the dry ingredients. Easy Peasy!
Colour and flavour the doughs | Once the cookie dough is made and ready, scrape it out and shape into a rough ball. Divide the dough into three even portions, you can do this by eye or if you like perfection, you can measure them out to equal weights.
Leave a portion of the vanilla dough to one side and then to make the orange dough add one portion back into your bowl or food mixer and add the orange food colouring, orange zest and orange flavouring and mix it to combine.
For the chocolate portion, wipe the bowl down and add one portion into the bowl with the black cocoa powder and mix to combine.
What is black cocoa powder?
Unlike ordinary cocoa powder, black cocoa powder is a natural unsweetened cocoa powder that has been treated with alkaline to neutralise its acidity. This treatment gives it a super rich dark colour with a deeper and intense chocolate flavour which is perfect for these cookies.
Bring the colours together | Use a teaspoon to portion the dough flavours into little balls, then one by one bring them together in a triangle shape, then roll them around with your hands to form a ball.
Bake the cookies | Lay the cookies out onto a lined baking tray and bake for 10 minutes until the edges have set. If the centres still look a little under-baked don’t worry as this is what makes them super chewy.
OTHER COLOUR VARIATION IDEAS
If you love the sound of these cookies but want to try them for a different celebration, get inspired by these other colour variations below;
Classic Neapolitan | Strawberry, Vanilla and Chocolate by Sarah Kieffer
St Patricks Day | Orange, Green and White
Christmas Colours | Green, Red and White
Valentines Ombre | Different pink tones
Easter Cookies | Pastel Blue, Yellow and Purple
KEY TOOLS THAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE HALLOWEEN COOKIES
- Standing Mixer or Large Mixing Bowl
- Electric Whisk
- Flat Baking Sheet
- Non-stick Baking Paper
- 1tsp Cookie Scoop
- Dark Black Cocoa Powder
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- 350 g plain flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 230 g unsalted butter room temperature
- 350 g caster sugar
- 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 drop orange food colouring
- 2 or 3 drops orange food coloring
- 2 or 3 drops purple food colouring
- 2 tbsp Black cocoa powder
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and Line three baking sheets with nonstick baking paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
- In another medium bowl or a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until creamy.
- Add the egg, yolk, and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until combined, then add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.
- Scoop the dough out onto a work surface and divide it into three equal portions. Put one-third of the dough back into the mixer and add the orange flavouring and food colouring. Mix on a low speed until totally combined, then remove the dough and quickly wipe out the bowl of the mixer.
- Add another third of dough to the mixer and add the purple food colouring and mix on a low speed until totally combined. Wipe the bowl clean again then add the final third of dough and add the cocoa powder and mix on a low speed until totally combined.
- Pinch a small portion (about 15g) of each of the three doughs, and press them gently together, so they stick to each other. Roll it gently into a ball, then place 6 or 7 cookies on each baking sheet. Bake the cookies one pan at a time for 10 minutes until they are puffy and the edges are set.
- Leave them on the baking sheet for 5 minutes then transfer them to a wire rack and let them cool completely.