Halloween Window Cookies, see through the fear!

These cute little cookies are a bit like Nightmare Before Christmas in the respect that they are Christmas cookies masquerading as Halloween Cookies. I’d bought some little Halloween cookie cutters about a month ago, thinking how fun it would be to bake little bite-sized cookies.

Then I had the brainwave, what if I cut windows out of larger cookies and turned them into stained glass cookies like you do at Christmas, only this time with bats and pumpkins rather than angels and Christmas trees. Plus, all the cut outs would be the teeny little cookies I was originally wanting.

I’ve left mine as they are, but if you wanted you could make little holes at the top of them to string them up in the window after they come out of the oven.

To make them feel a bit more seasonal and warming, I’ve added spices to the chocolate dough which taste great alongside the orange flavour of the sugar glass windows.

Having no vehicle at the moment, we’ve been stuck in town. The weather has been so lovely over the weekend however we’ve gone for a couple of short afternoon walks {I’ve  had a bit of a horrid cold so nothing too strenuous}, it feels very autumnal now and I love it. We should be heading up to Scotland this week and I can’t wait.I took this picture this afternoon, just look at that blue sky!

Chocolate  Spiced Cookies

oven 170 C /  gas 3

2 cookie sheets lined with parchment

  • 175 g plain flour
  • 20 g cocoa powder
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 75 g golden caster sugar
  • 125 g unsalted butter, at room temperature, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • orange boiled sweets, ideally the ones made with real orange juice for flavour

To begin, put your boiled sweets in a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling-pin to break them up a bit. I over bashed mine and not only did much of it turn to fine shards, it also tore the bag to shreds. Chunky bits are better.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder, salt,  baking powder, mixed spice and ground ginger into a large bowl and stir in the caster sugar. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the butter is well distributed and the mixture looks like bread crumbs.

Mush in the egg yolk with a wooden spoon and bring it together into a soft dough with your hands. Wrap it in clingfilm, rest it in the fridge for 20 – 30 minutes.

Roll the dough to about 3 mm, I find this is easiest done using cling film as it is quite a soft dough, this prevents it tearing. Lovely blogger Bakearama recommends using grease proof paper instead and I would go along with that if you can as it will roll out smoother. Lay a long sheet of cling film or grease proof paper onto the work surface and put your ball of dough towards the left, fold the cling film/paper over, leaving plenty of room for the dough to spread as it is rolled.

Roll directly onto the cling film/paper to your desired thickness then carefully peel the top layer of cling/paper off. Dust the work surface then turn your rolled out dough, still on the cling/paper, onto it. Peel the rest of the cling/paper off and now you’re ready to cut out your biscuits.

Use a round cutter a couple of centimetres larger than your small shaped cutters to cut out as many rounds as you can. Re-roll and cut more from the leftover dough. Lay out onto your baking sheets leaving a few centimetres between each one.  

Now cut out your windows using the shaped cutters. If the cutouts come out cleanly you could bake them.

Fill each window with the broken sweets, you can be quite generous as they will melt down and you want the ‘glass’ to be quite thick. If your windows allow, you could keep the sweets whole and they will be super thick!

Bake for  about 10 mins until the sweets have just started to bubble, you want to catch them before they boil up so keep an eye on them. Remove from the oven and leave on the sheets to firm up and cool completely. If you want to make holes in the top do it as soon as they come out the oven, poke a drinking straw into where you want the hole to be, before they cool and harden. Remember, the molten sugar will be very, very hot.

18 Responses

  1. NickkiT says:

    what a brilliant idea, love it!

  2. Starr says:

    Such a great idea, and so cute. I’ve made window cookies for Christmas, but never thought of them for other holidays.

  3. bakearama says:

    Fantastic, and beautiful pictures!
    I roll my dough out between a folded up sheet of greaseproof paper – if the biscuits are super-delicate you can just peel away the waste and leave them on there to bake, otherwise you can lift them off quite easily straight onto a baking tray. No flour dusting needed – my kitchen has become so much cleaner!

    • great idea! I only usually have parchment {a bit more expensive} so I use cling if I’m baking in someone else’s house as they always have it! I rarely find greaseproof. If we upgrade our van and get bit more room I can have a better range of stuff on rolls {they’re a pain to store as none of my shelves are deep or wide enough}. Cling leaves ‘orrible wrinkles!

    • great idea! I only usually have parchment {a bit more expensive} so I use cling if I’m baking in someone else’s house as they always have it! I rarely find greaseproof. If we upgrade our van and get bit more room I can have a better range of stuff on rolls {they’re a pain to store as none of my shelves are deep or wide enough}. Cling leaves ‘orrible wrinkles!
      I’m going to update the post, thank you so much xxx

  4. Fika and more says:

    Have always wanted to try window cookies but never got around to it yet. Spiced chocolate cookies sounds right up my street so will give these a go with the kids! Hope you have a good time in Scotland, the weather here today matches your blue sky hillside photo above. 🙂

  5. offmotorway says:

    Brilliant! I love these. To take them back to christmas, they would make great tree decorations…!

  6. Those are super cute and creative! I love them!

  7. davegct says:

    I love those window cookies! Never seen that before… Great photo of blue sky and stony wall.

  8. I always learn something when I visit your site…making windows in cookies, for example. Thank Rachel!