Halloween skeleton biscuits

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Difficulty: Easy

Time: 45 minutes plus 10 minutes baking plus decorating

Serves: 2 dozen +



200g (7/8 cup) unsalted butter, softened
280g (1 ¼ cups) caster sugar
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
350g (3 cups) plain/all-purpose flour
A pinch of salt
½ tsp cream of tartar
50g cocoa powder
To decorate
Icing sugar

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These fun skeleton biscuits are the perfect Halloween treat. Kids will enjoy making the dough, rolling and cutting out the shapes and decorating the skeletons. We just used our simple sugar cookie recipe with a little cocoa powder added for colour and to make the bones stand out. This biscuit recipe is a favourite of mine because as well as being simple it don’t spread in the oven so your skeleton shaped biscuit will survive baking.

We used our icing piper thing to make the lines, but if you don’t have one you can make diy ones using a small freezer bag. Simply put the icing in, seal it and cut a tiny hole in the corner to pipe your lines.


Preheat the oven to 170C/160C Fan /325F and line several baking trays with baking paper.

Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla extract

Get your kids to help measure out the butter (200g), sugar (280g) and vanilla extract (1/4 tsp) and pop them in a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer. Cream them together until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Add the egg

Crack the egg in a small bowl and add to your mixture. Mix everything together. If you need to, use a spatula to scrape unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl.

Add the dry ingredients

Measure the flour (350g), salt, cream of tartar (1/2 tsp) and cocoa (50g) and add to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix everything together so it comes together into a ball of soft dough.


Make the skeleton biscuits

Dust your work surface with a little flour and roll out your dough until it is about ½ a cm thick.

Use a man shaped cutter to cut shapes out and place them on your baking trays.


Bake the skeleton biscuits

Pop the cookies in the oven for around 10 minutes. They’re ready when the edges are starting to turn a little golden.

Leave them to cool on the baking trays for a minute or two before removing them and placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate the skeleton biscuits

In a small bowl, mix some icing sugar (around 2-3 tbsp) with a few tsp of water. You want it to be runny enough that you can pipe your skeleton but not too runny or it’ll just smudge. Put the icing in an icing piper or a small freezer/zip lock bag. Cut a tiny hole in one corner and pipe your skeleton designs.


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