Halloween Chocolate Cut Outs
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 whole egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup warm water
5 tablespoons meringue powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 1/4 pounds powdered sugar
Cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add the cocoa powder, and mix until incorporated. Add egg and the vanilla extract. Blend together. Finally, mix in the flour until combined.
Wrap and refrigerate the dough in two separate batches for at least two hours.
Roll the dough out between two pieces of wax paper. Dip cookie cutters in a mixture of equal parts flour + cocoa powder before cutting out the shapes.
Place shapes at least two inches apart on the baking sheet. In an oven preheated to 350 degrees, bake for 10 mins, 12-15 for larger ones.
Royal icing recipe (I halved it and still had plenty extra): In mixer bowl, pour in the warm water and the meringue powder. Mix it with a whisk by hand until it is frothy and thickened…about 30 seconds.
Add the cream of tartar and mix for 30 seconds more.
Pour in all the icing sugar at once and place the bowl on the mixer.
Using the paddle attachment on the LOWEST speed, mix slowly for a full 10 minutes. Icing will get thick and creamy.
Cover the bowl with a dampened tea-towel to prevent crusting and drying.
Tint with food colourings or thin the icing with small amounts of warm water to reach the desired consistency.
I saw this recipes on another Blog, and had to make them and share the recipe. The cookies were so soft and delicious.