Skeleton cookies

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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 1 cookie cutter ginger bread man
  • 1 piping bag
  • 1 baking paper
  • 1 electric mixer



  • cups all purpose flour
  • 62 g cocoa powder dutch processed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 170 g butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Royal Icing

  • 1 med egg white
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar


  • Make the cookies:
  • Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl using a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Dough will be soft. If the dough seems too soft and sticky for rolling, add 1 more Tablespoon of flour.
  • Dust the surface for rolling. With a rolling pin lightly dusted with cocoa powder or flour, roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use more cocoa powder/flour if the dough seems too sticky.
  • Cut out the men with the cookie cutter and set on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  • Bake in a preheated oven 350°F (177°C) for 15min. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minute. then transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool completely before decorating.

Icing the cookies

  • Place egg white in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat using the whisk attachment until frothy.
  • Add the sugar a little at a time and mix well, beating on low speed and scraping down the sides.
  • Increase the speed to high and continue to beat the mixture until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. At this stage, the icing will be very thick. You can add a few drops of water to get it to the consistency you prefer.
  • Put the icing in a piping bag and decorate the cookies
  • Enjoy cookies right away or wait until the icing sets to serve them. Plain or decorated cookies stay soft for about 5 days when covered tightly at room temperature. For longer storage, cover and refrigerate for up to 10 days.

Note about raw egg

  • Raw eggs should not be used in food preparation for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised. Try meringue powder if you prefer!

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