Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Skeleton Cookies

I have been chomping at the bit since mid-August to post these skeleton cookies.  It seems to me that "blog time" moves even faster than real time, and is measured from holiday to holiday.As far as keeping up, I seem to teeter on both ends of the spectrum...early or late!
I knew I was going to make some sort of skeleton cookie this Halloween, and the decision was sealed when I spotted THIS perfect skeleton model from Better Homes and Gardens!  I liked the simple lines (I LOVE "simple") when I saw it, and knew that I would be able to make him into a cookie (or cookies to be more precise)! I simply printed the image, reduced it a bit and cut out the bones onto cardstock.
I am more into cute than creepy, so I made some friendly looking fellas. A smile makes a big difference, and the heart is the perfect ending touch.

At the time, I already had some sugar cookie dough prepared, and just added AmeriColor Gel Paste Super Black food coloring to it.  I used royal icing to decorate.

Once baked, they came together very quickly. "Quickly" is another thing I love!
As you can see, he ends up being pretty "tall" when you put him together.  The ruler is 12-inches or 30 cm.
I'm going to bag each skeleton and give one to each of my munchkins as a "bag o' bones":) I know they'll have fun playing with the skeleton, arranging his bones, and finally, munching on them.

Skeleton Cookies
I batch of sugar cookie dough
1 batch of royal icing
Black food coloring
Red food coloring
Skeleton bones cookie cutters or templates
Black AmeriColor Gourmet Writer
Tiny heart cookie cutter

Directions 
Make sugar cookie dough and add black food coloring. Mix well.
Make a template of a skeleton and cut out the bones on cardstock
Roll out cookie dough and place templates on top.
Cut around templates with a sharp knife.
Use a spatula and place cookies on baking sheet.
Use tiny heart cutter to cut out hearts from dough and place on baking sheet.
Place baking sheets in freezer for about 15 minutes, to help bones hold their shape.
Bake according to recipe instructions.
Let cookies cool completely on cooling racks.
Set cooled cookies out on work surface.
Set a small amount of royal icing aside and add  red food coloring to it. Mix well.
Put some untinted, white royal icing in a decorating bag fitted with a #2 tip (the cookies are small).
Outline each bone cookie with royal icing and let dry for 15 minutes.
Fill inside the outlines with the white royal icing. 
Use red royal icing to decorate the tiny hearts.
Let all cookies dry completely.
Detail face with the black food writer. 
 
HAVE FUN!!!

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48 comments:

  1. I saw these on Pinterest and repinned them. Before I even looked..I knew it was you..I know your gorgeous and creative cookie ideas and decorating! I'm going to pin them again because I love yet another photo of them! Best skeleton cookies I've ever seen in my life (not that I've seen a lot, but there's no way many can match these bony beauties!)

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  2. These are so cute! The best part was when I got to the end and saw the "bag o bones." You must have a lot of patience (or you just really love the creative part of baking sugar cookies). When it comes to baking from scratch, I don't do anything more than drop cookies.

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  3. I'm truly impressed by your organization - I probably won't be thinking about Halloween for another 6 weeks!

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  4. I'm laughing because just the other day, while skyping with my grandson, he asked me to tell him a story that included skeletons! This is a marvelous idea, not just for Halloween, but to put a smile on his face (I'll also do a "bag of bones" for my granddaughter as a surprise!) You're amazing! XOXO

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  5. These are so cute! I can't wait to make these for my son's class!!

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  6. I'm more in to cute than creepy too and I love your cute skeleton. I also love that you created him with several different cookies. Packaging the bones up into little bags for the kids to put together and enjoy is a fantastic idea. Great for Halloween Party gift bags too!

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  7. These couldn't be more cute. What a great gift bag idea.

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  8. Love love love it! Creepy cute is a good mix for Halloween and I think your skeleton is right on point! These would make a great favor for a Halloween party, too.

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  9. Oh my gosh! These are my favorite! I love how you set 'em up, but how fun would it be to get that treat bag of parts. Too cute, Sue!

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  10. Sue, these are too cute. I saw them on Pinterest and just knew they had to be yours. Bonnie said they were her by her friend Sue! Love them.

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  11. Dem Bonz are straight up adorable. I love this idea!

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  12. Sue, I simply must make these for Halloween!! A brilliant idea!! :D

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  13. Sue these are so darn cute! Love the bag of bones idea. I know what you mean, I always have some ideas I think are great, but they don't necessarily come into fruition on my blog. I am anxious to begin brewing up things for Halloween. Joni

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  14. Oh Sue this is just adorable - I had thought of making a deconstructed skeleton and this is so much cuter than what I had in my mind! Your Munchkins will love the bag of bones!

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  15. Halloween is coming early my friend, these are too cute :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. these are ADORABLE...and they look tasty too! i'm definitely adding this recipe to my halloween repertoire

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  17. bag of bones! love it, and so creative!!! your munckins will love too i am sure :)

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  18. I also prefer the cute parts of Halloween, and these are adorable. Love the little heart!

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  19. These are totally awesome! I like cute better as well and these are perfect. ANd holy smokes. That's my size of cookie =o)

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  20. This is such a cute Halloween treat idea! Would be great for a little holiday gift around the office or for kids to give to classmates.

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  21. Awesome ..I want to make some :)))

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  22. Oh my goodness! These are so cute!!! I totally understand why you can't wait to share them. ;) I've been thinking what to make for Halloween and these are so perfect.

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  23. This is so cool, Sue. You are truly an artist!

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  24. So clever and cute Sue!!

    Thanks so much for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2012/a-taste-of-fall/

    Have a fabulous rest of the weekend!

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  25. Oh Sue the most adorable skeleton I have ever seen. You are the best at making creepy things totally cute and the bag of bones is awesome :)

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  26. Okay, first I love everything about this design! The shapes are perfect, and I love that the bones are all separate. But most of all -- I LOVE THAT YOU PILED THEM UP AND PUT THEM IN A BAG!! So perfect!!

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  27. Love these!! Brilliant to have the kids build them themselves! Love the heart but, but my favorite part is the "Bag of Bones!" BRILLIANT!!!!!!

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  28. Thanks for a smile on Monday morning. Your cookies just make me happy!

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  29. This would be hilarious as an "over the hill" bday gift....here ya go you old BAG OF BONES!!! What a super duper idea.

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  30. Hi Sue this cookies are perfect for baby anatomy lesson ;)) very nice!
    A hug
    Sonia

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  31. My girls are really funny and are obsessed with The Nightmare Before Christmas movie - mostly they love the music. I just showed them these cookies and they said "Wow. Oh my gosh. That's cool!!!"

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  32. At first I thought all those munchkins were yours but I see you're a grandma, they are all adorable! I love all the things you bake. I have a cute Fall mix I make that is similar to yours. I also live in CA but up North. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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  33. I featured your project on Blissful and Domestic today. Stop by and check it out:>



    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic
    www.blissfulanddomestic.com

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  34. Sue, these are so Sue, meaning so cute! Love the concept. I am also sometimes too late and too early too. Your mind is a fertile, and creative place. Joni

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  35. Bag O bones!!!! Love it! I can't wait to do this for my boys! They'll love them for sure!

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  36. I can just imagine how much fun kids would have with a bag of bone cookies. They could spend a long time putting them into different poses. As always, you come up with the best cookies!!

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  37. Make no bones about it--- these are adorable!

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  38. This is such a cute idea to put together with my little one, think Halloween treats for her classmates.These are adorable...and I totally love your new blog look.

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  39. Those cookies are very cute and looks yum makes me hungry for sugar! Have a happy fall. Hugs

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  40. Super cute!! I love this cute guy, and super LOVE your new design!!

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  41. I love them! Initially I thought he was super small and I wondered how big the heart might be, but with the ruler in the picture, now I know he's pretty big!

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  42. Sue, your new design is wonderful!!! Love it!

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  43. I am making these for my xray co workers. Also made a poem to go with him. What a great idea

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  44. OH! I really love it!
    I was waiting to write you here because I want you to know... I also cooked some skeleton cookies! and I mention you in my blog, of course. HERE! --> http://experimentosdulces.blogspot.com.es/

    KISSES FROM SPAIN! :D

    -ANA-

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