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Chocolate biscuits decorated with icing skeletons on a wire tray

Skeleton biscuits

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus 1 hr chilling
  • Easy
  • Serves 14

Get the kids in the kitchen helping to make these spooky skeleton biscuits. They're perfect for a Halloween party, or treat in the autumn season

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving


  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 265g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp black food colouring

For the decoration

  • 80g icing sugar


  • STEP 1

    Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together with a whisk or electric beaters until smooth and fluffy. Tip in the plain flour, cocoa powder and food colouring, and mix again. Chill for 30 mins – this will make the dough easier to roll out. Lightly flour the work surface and roll out the dough until 1cm thick.

  • STEP 2

    Cut out the biscuits using a person-shaped cutter, and arrange on 2-3 large baking trays. Reroll the excess dough and repeat. Chill the dough cut-outs for 30 mins.

  • STEP 3

    Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and bake for 18-21 mins, until hardening around the edges. Leave to cool fully.

  • STEP 4

    Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and gradually pour in 1-1½ tbsp water, mixing constantly, to get a thick paste. Put the icing in a piping bag, snip a little off the end to make a small hole, and pipe bone shapes and a skull onto the biscuits so they look like skeletons. Leave to set. Will keep for up to a week in an airtight container.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2022

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