Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Halloween biscuit decoration


With Halloween being only two days away, I thought I’d share with you my super quick idea for decorating some treats for Halloween.
The operative word here might be ‘cute’ rather than ‘scary’, but I’m going with it. Eagle eyed readers might remember that I’ve shared this recipe before – my ginger biscuit recipe for those Christmas puddings last year. The biscuits taste delicious and so I thought I’d use it again but show you a rather more fitting decoration. These are a bit more fiddly than the Christmas puds, but there are a lot of options and I’ll be sharing a couple of those right here – any other ideas, please pop them in the comments below!

Ghosts – I’ve shown two different ways to decorate these in the photos – one being a simple ‘dip and drip’ method and the other being more precise. The former is the same idea as the Christmas puddings, except to use thicker icing and more of it too. Simply angle the biscuit towards you to let the icing drip down and create spooky ghostie tendrils. Add on two chocolate drops for the eyes and a little mouth using black piped icing.
The second ghost design is a bit fiddlier but definitely worth it if you have the patience. I used some white piping to ‘draw’ out the outline of the ghost around the biscuit first – and then just filled the middle of it with the icing and a spoon to glide it all in to place. The barrier of the piping you did first stops the biscuit from becoming really messy and untidy. The eyes and mouth are then simply piped on but I think it looks really effective.

Pumpkins – probably the least effective of my tries but I’m sure some of you could pull it off. I didn’t have any orange colouring for the icing, so my sad yellow and red pumpkins look more like basketballs but if you do I think they’d work much better. Use orange piping for the lines and green for the stalk & ‘curly’ bits. Don’t forget to pipe on a scary face too – another step I forgot to add (duh).

Mummies - Using glace icing again, I simply used a spoon to drip it all over the cookies in lines, leaving a gap in the middle for the 'eyes' of the mummy. Then add your eyes and face, and that's it!

I love the ginger biscuit with the icing, and it pairs rather nicely with the new Henry Westons mulled cider, which was kindly sent to me to try. It's very sweet, full of mulled spices that are infused with the cider and even better warmed up. I’ll have to go back to the Christmas pud design and pair those with my new tipple – I reckon it’s a treat that Father Christmas will definitely enjoy!

I’ve had a lot of love for these biscuits (both for taste and design) so I hope you’ll give them a go too! I love that it can be customised for any holiday and look really effective despite its simplicity. If you make these, please tag me on instagram or twitter so I can have a peak! xo


9oz plain flour
3oz self raising flour
1tsp bicarb
2tsp ground ginger
1tsp ground cinnamon
4.5oz butter
6oz light brown sugar
1 egg
4tbsp golden syrup
Bake for 10-12 minutes
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  1. These look adorable! I wouldn't have the heart to eat them, probably would just take loads of pictures.
    Marissa Jamie : Faithfully, Marissa ♡

  2. These are actually the cutest!


  3. So sweet! I adore the little ghosts especially! <3 xx