Introduction: Spooky Skele-Bats
These chocolate skeleton bat cookies are the perfect sweet and spooky treat for your next Halloween party!
Step 1: Gather Supplies
For this recipe you will need:
For the chocolate cookies:
- 1 stick cold unsalted butter (cubed)
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
For the chocolate cupcake tops:
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
For the icing:
- 1 Can vanilla frosting
- Green food dye
- Cinnamon candies
Step 2: Making the Bat Cookies
-Begin by combining wet and dry ingredients of the chocolate cookie recipe to create the dough (the dough will end up being pretty solid).
-After the dough is prepared, place between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness.
-Once the dough is rolled out, using either a knife and a stencil or a cookie cutter, cut bat shapes out of the dough and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake for about 11 minutes at 375 degrees F.
(This is a great recipe for cutout cookies as they tend not to spread and hold their shape really well)
Step 3: Making the Muffin Top Bellies
- While the bat cookies are cooling, you can start making the muffin top bellies by mixing up the chocolate cake batter according to the directions on the box.
- Pour the chocolate batter evenly into a paper baking cup lined muffin tin.
- Bake the muffins according to instructions on box.
- After the muffins are cooled, very carefully remove just the tops, using a knife.
-Using a circular shape, cut out the very center of each muffin top (make sure the muffins are completely cooled before this step or else the circles will not be very neat, I froze mine for 20-30 minutes just to make sure I got that clean circle shape).
-Attach the cut out circle to the middle of the bat cookie using a bit of frosting.
Step 4: Decorating the Bat Cookies
-Once both the cookies and the muffins are completely cooled, you can begin icing.
-Fill one piping bag (or ziplock bag with a small hole cut in the corner) with vanilla frosting and another with frosting dyed green or any other color of your choice.
-Using the piping bag, create the outlines of the bat bones on the cookies (as pictured).
- Attach two cinnamon candies for the eyes
-For the smaller details such as the nostrils, teeth and toes, take a toothpick and very carefully drag it through the frosting to create gaps and indentations to create these effects.
- Once your bats are decorated they're ready for you to serve and enjoy!