Halloween Funny Face Cookies Recipe

Halloween Funny Face CookiesThese funny face cookies are a great Halloween bake to get the kids involved in – they can transform themselves into scary vampires, mummies, zombies, anything they can imagine. Well, for as long as they can resist not eating them!

I adapted the recipe from BBC Good Food’s Funny Face Cookies



175g soft butter, plus extra for greasing
100g golden caster sugar
1 large egg yolk
½ tsp vanilla extract
zest 1 lemon
250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp salt
cake pop or lolly sticks
icing pens and other decorations


  1. Beat together the butter and sugar until pale and creamy, then beat in the yolk, vanilla and zest. Sift the flour and salt into the bowl, then stir in to make a soft dough. Split into two flat discs, then wrap in cling film and chill for 30 mins, or until firm but not rock hard. Meanwhile, heat oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan/gas 4. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.
  2. Flour the work surface, then roll the dough to 5mm thick. Stamp the dough with an 8cm round cutter, then re-rolling any trimmings. Using the same cutter, cut a pointy oval shape from each circle. Pinch the corners of the oval and indent the top and bottom to make lips.
  3. Chill for 10 mins, or until firm, then poke cake pop sticks carefully into the dough. I find putting one hand on top of the dough as I insert the stick with the other prevents the stick from popping through the surface of the dough.
  4. Bake for 12 mins, one tray at a time, until pale golden. Leave on the tray for 5 mins before lifting to a wire rack (use a palette knife rather than the sticks) and cooling completely.
  5. Then get creative! I used some icing pens to create my designs and cut up some mini marshmallows for the vampire teeth. You could even colour the dough with some gel paste if you wish to make them spooky colours.
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