Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy (belated) Halloween!

Last week I baked a lot... which also means I took pictures... a lot.

During and after my coconut cake post I knew I was missing one more thing that I made. As Halloween drew closer I realized it was these Halloween cookies I made.

Every year our family... rather I, have either written a note on the door saying that we don't celebrate Halloween or have left a bucket of candy saying to take one outside the door. We're not mean people but just people who like their own space. This year, I thought it would be a nice gesture to our neighbors if we did something that we don't normally do.

I found these cute mini cookie cutters at Michael's. Cute decorated sugar cookies would be cheap in cost though high in labor. It was a fun side project I decided to do.

In total one batch of cookies made about 150 mini cookies which made about 50 bags of cookies with 3 cookies in each.

Normally when I make sugar cookies I'd do the outlining all the cookies first then come back to flood them but the mini ones are so small you don't have to do that.

What I do is cut the hole in the pastry bag big enough to do some flooding but small enough to outline.

Then I go from left to right. I don't know why that way always works better but whenever I try to go from right to left it gets ugly.

Then I fill it in right away.

Here they are! The eyes on the bat are painted with luster dust (a super shimmery powdery color mainly used for sugar flowers) and alcohol... but you can't really tell.
The skulls and Frankenstein didn't turn out quite the way I had envisioned... but I did get a couple compliments from some of my church members. There was a lot left over so I took them to church today.

There was about 1/2 left. Ours is a small complex. I should have known all the parents would take their kids to richer neighborhoods to go Trick or Treating!