Bittersweet Chocolate Skeleton Cookies

A spooky fun cookie to make for a Halloween party! “Healthified” by using some whole wheat flour and part canola oil instead of all butter. Also a great way to get the kids involved in baking – let them cut out the cookie shapes and design some cookies!

Cookie Ingredients: 
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup unsweetened dark cocoa
1/2 tsp salt

Icing Ingredients:
1 Tbsp water
1 tsp meringue powder
1 Tbsp low-fat milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar

Directions for Cookies:
1. Place sugar, butter, and oil in a large bowl and beat with a mixter until well blended. Stir in vanilla and egg and continue beating until well blended.
2. Mix together flours, cocoa, and salt in a bowl. Stir well. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat just until flour is incorporated.
3. Place half of dough between two sheets of plastic wrap and use a rolling pin to roll out into 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat with remaining dough. Place dough (still in plastic wrap) on a baking sheet and chill 45 minutes or until firm.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Use gingerbread men cookie cutters (or whatever shape you like!) to form cookies. Bake at 375 degreed F for 9 minutes or until set. Cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Directions for Icing:
1. Combine water and meringue powder in a medium bowl, stir with a whisk until smooth. Add milk and 1/4 tsp vanilla. Add powdered sugar and stir until smooth.
2. Spoon icing into a zip top plastic bag. Snip a small whole in one bottom corner of the bag and pipe on skeleton designs onto cookies.

Cooking Light, October 2011

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1 Comment

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One response to “Bittersweet Chocolate Skeleton Cookies

  1. edenfre

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m gonna try making some of these 🙂

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