Tidings Cooking Challenge – Spooky Spice Cookies

By / Food / October 23rd, 2009 / 1

Welcome to the Tidings Cooking Challenge! Every month we’ll offer a recipe for you to try. You can follow the recipe exactly or vary it however you would like. Then, post a comment below — a short descriptive paragraph (up to 150 words).

Get set; Hallowe’en is almost here. In honour of the ultimate spookfest, we bring you sweet and spicy cookies that are sure to thrill. Use Hallowe’en themed cookie cutters, like bats, pumpkins or ghosts. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even fashion your own scary shapes using an empty tuna can. Make a spine-tingling skull by cutting off the top and the bottom of the can. Hold the can just below the middle. Pinch the sides together to form an elongated chin. Use a straw to cut out the eyes and mouth. Once baked, spread the cookies with black, orange or white icing.

Spooky Spice Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter, slightly softened

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Mix dry ingredients together. In another bowl, beat butter; add egg and vanilla. Gradually add dry ingredients. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

2. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out cookie shapes. Refrigerate cookies for about 30 minutes. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes. When cool, frost with icing.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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