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These adorable spooky windows are not only perfect for Halloween but they're also super easy to make at home.

Halloween Spooky Window Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened


  • 3/4 cup molasses


  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 
1 tbsp ground ginger

  • 
1 tsp ground nutmeg


  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves


  • 3 1/4 cups All purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp Gel Black food colouring

  • Orange Hard Candies, crushed

  • Optional Royal Icing:

  • 1.5 tbsp meringue powder

  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • 2-3 tbsp warm water

  • Gel Black food colouring

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Beat the butter, sugar, molasses, food colouring and spices on low speed for a couple of minutes. Add the flour and mix until it forms a nice dough. Roll out the dough (1cm thin) and cut out the 4”x4” square windows re-rolling the scraps.

  2. Place the rectangles on a baking sheet covered in parchment and before placing it in the oven cut out the window openings using a small square cookie cutter. Bake for 9 minutes and then add the crushed hard candies into the window openings. Bake for another 5 minutes until the candy is melted and then remove from oven and let cool completely. The candy may have bubbles in it but they will pop themselves. 


  3. Make the royal icing by combining the sugar, meringue powder and water. Beat for 7-10 minutes until stiff. Add water for desired consistency. Dye the icing black and place in a piping bag with a thin tip. Pipe cob webs and designs as you like. Let set for 15 minutes. 

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Transcript

- So let's get started on the cookie dough first. I'm going for like a gingerbread vibe 'cause I feel like that's like super fall chic but also it's gonna pair really well with our orange flavored stained glass. So, in a stand mixer, you're gonna wanna cream together your butter, brown sugar, molasses, and all of your spices. So that includes my cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Now, I want the frames of my windows to be black so I'm also adding in black gel food coloring. And cream that all together. Make sure you scrape down the sides of your bowl so you don't miss any large chunks of butter and you get that color well integrated. At this point in time, you can add in your flour. I like to add it in two different batches so it doesn't go and make a flour storm everywhere. And just mix it until a soft dough comes together. Now, when I say soft, this dough is real soft so I don't really like touching it too, too much with my hands 'cause it's got the black food coloring and so, what we're gonna do is get a large piece of parchment paper that I'm going to fold in half and we're gonna spoon out half of our dough onto the parchment paper. Gather everything together and we're gonna roll it out until it's about a centimeter thick. At this point in time, it's time to cut out our windows so I'm going with a four inch by four inch cookie. So we're gonna get all our cookies onto our baking sheet and then I'm going to take this adorable little square mold and I'm gonna punch out the parts where the window would be. So, our cookies are ready to go in the oven and they are gonna bake for nine minutes. In the meantime, you can get your stained glass ready. Here is the coolest trick ever. Get yourself some lollipops or some Jolly Ranchers. I'm gonna use a mortar and pestle to remove the candy from the sticks. And just set that aside. Once our cookies are done their first bake, I'm going to bring them over and spoon in our orange candies into each of the openings. Now this is ready for the oven again and we're gonna bake it for five minutes or until the windows are just melted. Once they're melted and everything looks smooth, you're gonna wanna let these cool completely. So it'll be about 15, 20 minutes. Just leave it, don't think about it but what you can do in the meantime is get some black royal icing ready. This part's optional. Now I like to decorate these. I thought some cobwebs, maybe spiders, maybe bats, so that it would look like silhouettes through the windows. And there you have a really, really cool Halloween cookie. What I love about these is because we used those suckers as opposed to Jolly Ranchers, they're not gonna be nearly as molar crushing as previous stained glass cookies that I've made. This is a much, much easier eating experience. So, I think you guys are gonna like this one. Thank you so much for watching this video. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween and I'll see you next time.