I vant to bite your cookie!
Scare the kids giggly with these monster designs
To apply food icing, use a squeeze tube and spread with a spatula, skewer or toothpick. (Alex Garcia/Chicago Tribune)
Isn't it time for a little payback?
This Halloween you and the kids can have your werewolves and eat them, too, with these 21st-century monster cookies from "Cookie Craft" authors Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer.
Peterson and Fryer have designed a cute-as-a-button chocolate werewolf shaped like a gingerbread man (but with more fur), a debonair snow-white vampire with candy corn teeth, and a haunting green-eyed mummy with royal icing bandages.
For the cookie dough, we suggest using your favorite recipes. For the piping and flood icing ("flood" means to fill the space inside a piped border), follow the authors steps. Use food coloring gels (such as Wilton or Ateco) to dye small batches of separate colors called for with each creature.
For the designs, feel free to improvise. Love the vampire design, but not all that decorating? You can skip the white icing and use black against the pale sugar-cookie background. Still daunted? Try substituting M&M's for labor-intensive icing eyes. Or go further, using the decorating techniques here to create your own riffs on the monster-of-the-moment theme.
You'll have the full support of the Cookie Crafters.
"We're not here to be the cookie rulers of the world," says Peterson.
"We're here to inspire people to be creative."
Piping icing colors
Eyeballs: white, green, black (or use store-bought candy eyeballs, available from Wilton)
Equipment and embellishments
Skull-shaped cookie cutter
Pastry bags fitted with #2 tips
Flat ribbon pastry tip (such as Ateco #45)
1. Roll, cut and bake cookies in skull shapes; cool completely.
2. For eyeballs, pipe white icing circles on skulls; while icing is still wet, pipe green in the center; finally pipe black pupils. (If using store-bought sugar eyeballs, affix them with a dab of icing.)