Some cookies you really don’t want to miss for this time of the year, the kids love the flavor and my friends just love the looks of them. Try them by yourself, the party table will be empty soon if you make these!
Preparation Time: 45 mins
Cook: 8 mins
Additional: 6 hrs 20 mins
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ½ teaspoons almond flavoring
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk, plus more as needed
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup, or more as needed
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (1.5 ounce) tube black decorating gel
Cream sugar and butter in a bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and almond flavoring and mix well.
Stir flour, baking powder, and salt together in a second bowl. Add flour mixture to the creamed butter mixture and mix to combine. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Dust a work surface with 2 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar and roll out dough into a 1/4-inch-thick circle. Cut out figure shapes with a gingerbread man cookie cutter and arrange cut-out cookies on prepared baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from baking sheets carefully and transfer to wire racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
Stir 1 cup confectioners’ sugar and milk together in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract until the icing is smooth and glossy. Add more corn syrup if the icing is too thick.
Spoon icing into a piping bag with a small plain tip. Draw a filled-out circle inside the head for the skull and a skeleton on the body, including 3 horizontal lines for the ribs. Let cookies stand until icing dries completely, about 2 hour, best overnight.
Use black decorating gel to draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth on the skull and let cookies dry again, about 1 hour.