I finally got around to making my Halloween cookies with a few days to spare.
It’s no secret that I usually need a little help in the drawing department, so I pulled out the KopyKake drawing projector and scrapbooking tags for my decorated Halloween cookies this year.
You might not be able to tell, but the center of this circle cookie has a clear, candy coating. Here’s another example:
Have you heard of isomalt? It’s a sugar substitute which I used for the center of my cookies and can be a used to make all sorts of sweet creations such as candy ‘jewels’ (which really only look clear, not sparkly). If you’d like an easy alternative to boiling sugar or other candies for your sugar creations, isomalt is quick and simple to use.
Before it’s heated, isomalt looks like this:
You can either pour it into the center of your raw cookie shape, and then bake them together, or you can boil the isomalt to a temperature of 154 degrees Celsius or 310 degrees Fahrenheit, where it looks like this:
Then pour it onto parchment paper and use a metal cookie cutter to make the impression of the shape you want. The isomalt cools rapidly, so when it’s ready to handle, break off the edges and you’re left with your shape. Adhere the piece of isomalt to your cookie with royal icing.
I did learn not to pour the isomalt onto a silpat though (See below). It picks up every little impression. Use parchment paper!
Of course I couldn’t resist making some other cookies and decorating with disco dust.
Wishing you a Happy Halloween!