Ghoulishly Good Cookies

Ghoulishly Good Cookies
Servings: 32 Yield: cookies Prep 20 mins Microwave 1 min Chill 1 hr Bake 350°F 12 mins


  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Royal Icing
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder (powdered egg whites)
  • Black gel food coloring

Make It


1. Place chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium for 1 minute, stirring once halfway through. Stir until smooth and melted. Let cool for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, combine butter and granulated sugar in a mixer bowl; beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg, corn syrup and vanilla; beat until well combined. Scrape down sides of bowl. With mixer on low, add flour, cocoa and salt; beat until combined. Stir in melted chocolate and mix until well blended.

3. Divide dough into 2 disks, wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 2 days.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees . Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough between 2 sheets of wax paper to -inch thickness. Cut dough into 3-inch circles, using a cookie cutter. Place on prepared baking sheets, 1 inch apart, and bake at 350 degrees until edges are just lightly browned, about 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and cool completely. Repeat with any remaining dough.

Royal Icing

5. Place confectioners' sugar and meringue powder in a bowl with mixer fitted with a whisk; beat on low to combine. Beat in 1/4 cup water; increase speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Add an additional 2 tbsp water and beat until light and fluffy.

6. To decorate, place 1 cup of the icing in a bowl and tint with black food coloring. Transfer to a decorating bag fitted with a #4 writing tip.

7. Dilute remaining white icing with 1 tsp water at a time until it has the consistency of thick heavy cream. Decorate cookies as desired.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 32; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 194, Fat, total (g): 5, chol. (mg): 18, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 35, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 2, sodium (mg): 45, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.