Sunday, August 28, 2011

BLACK cookies for Halloween


Once upon a time, like 2 weeks ago, I had this great idea. I got excited every time I thought about it. (And yes, it may have been Halloween related, and may have helped spur on this ridiculously early parade of Halloween cookies) So I made my cookies. And as the cookies were baking, I realized that I was probably the 400th person (counting my grandma) who had ever come up with this idea. And I was sad for at least 7 seconds until I realized, it just doesn't matter. It's STILL a good idea. Especially since it results in the easiest cookie you will ever decorate.

See, I had lots of Halloween design ideas that were, ...well, black. And we all know that black icing tends to leave black teeth. Which, is okay for a teenager's Halloween party, perhaps even desirable...but for adults and good friends that you would like to keep as good friends? Not so much. So I added just a little bit of black food coloring to my already dark brown chocolate cookie dough and made black cookies. No bitter after taste...and no black teeth.I was surprised at how little black coloring I needed. And I would definitely recommend using a chocolate cookie dough to begin with. And add black just a little bit at a time. And then enjoy all your extra free time because you didn't have to ice these cookies black before you could start decorating them! Maybe take up knitting or something.


NEED MORE? 



To make the cat -- use the Wilton cat cutter. I cut the tail a little deeper with a knife and used a bubble straw to cut the legs a little higher. Because I'm neurotic. That's why.









One time, over SEVEN years ago, I bought a 13.5 ounce bottle of black food coloring. As much as I wish it was over between us... we're still holding steady. 








These glowing jack-o-lantern cookies are another great design to make with black cookie dough.

22 comments:

Lorraine said...

I love this idea and your cat cookie. Did you make your own cutter for this cat? I will have to try the chocolate cookie with black icing idea!

LilaLoa said...

Lorraine -- thanks for reminding me! I intended to put that information in the post. I used a Wilton cat cutter, but used a knife to cut the tail a little deeper, and then cut the legs a little higher with a big straw.

Sue said...

What a brilliant idea! I'm doing it for sure this year! Thanks!

Kacey said...

I love this idea. I can't wait for Halloween to make these!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

That is frigging genius!

Sugary Flower said...

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! You might be the 400th person to think of it, but I hadn't - this is such a fantastic idea, and it is going to save me soooo much black-icing-related stress!

Biscuit Bupkis said...

This also works exceptionally well for plain sugar cookies and red colouring for valentines hearts, yellow colouring for smiley faces, or sunflowers, Orange for your halloween pumpkins (although... dont over cook them, or they may look a little 'roast pumpkin' instead :) *grin*) etc etc etc
Unfortunately doing it this way, its harder to hide all thouse little cracks that appear when the biscuits cook... and they really really niggle at me :(

Anita said...

Okay, it's now official. You certifiably ROCK for this obvious but TOTALLY not anywhere on my own horizon idea! I owe you for this one!

Miriam G. said...

Hello, I used the same technique some time ago for make the tracks of an edible Scalextric. The cookie black and only the center line with white royal icing. But the result was not very good because I didn`t have your wonderful recipe for chocolate cookies, but now i have. ¡Yupi!

Un beso, Miriam G.

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

Fantastic idea!

AnitaB said...

Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing, you Rock my FAVORITE Spooky Holiday in a sweet m yummy way! Hugs

Glora said...

FABULOUS!!! Love these and what a genius idea. Who want black teeth anyway! Hugs- Glora

barb said...

Gorgeous cookies and a fun blog!

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

I love these- and love Halloween so keep all the Halloween cookies coming as early as you want! The black cats is great and I will totally have to make these since they look just like my cat.

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WoW! that was a brilliant idea.. love your creations.

Susie said...

These turned out way better than my putrid green trees last Christmas! I was stopping by to make chocolate cookies anyway, I may just see what happens. Hit the P.O. yesterday, not sure how long it takes something to get there, but be on the lookout!

SweetSugarBelle said...

This are gorgeous and you are smart. This is why I stalk you in hopes of making you my cookie bloggy bff...whether you like it or not....bwahahahaha! PS...MY CAPSCHA says FOONAN and the makes me laugh. A lot which is another reason why we should be cbbff's ;-)

Lorraine said...

Hi again Lilaloa - I was also wondering where you got your cobweb cookie cutter from or did you use another cutter? Thanks again for your inspiration!

LilaLoa said...

Lorraine --

I used a wreath cutter from a Christmas set for the cobweb cookie!

Nataly said...

I LOVE to read your blog! You are so hilarious, love your sense of humour! :*

First of all - I love your cookies!!!

All the best! Kisses from Kuwait!

Elana Valencia said...

Silly question... When are you adding the coloring? Would it be when you're adding in the vanilla or when the dough has formed?

LilaLoa said...

Elana -- Totally NOT a silly question at all! I add the black with the vanilla, just like you suggested!

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