This is not an original idea, but one that I found while on the net. I’m definitely not one of those people who find gory or even messy looking food attractive, so I do stay away from Halloween food that looks like the stuff of one’s nightmares. I found these red splattered cookies some time back while on the net and I personally thought they looked more like abstract art rather than blood!
My daughter is home for a week on an unexpected break and she loves interesting looking cookies. We don’t celebrate, but with Halloween just round the corner, I gave into the temptation to bake these cookies for her to take back with her.
In retrospect, it is a good thing that I did bake these cookies when Akshaya was around because she saved them from being a decoration disaster. When it was time to “spatter” the cookies with “blood”, I found the going tough. I just wasn’t able to create a fine “spatter” of colour. Our temporarily resident artist wielded a mean fork and coloured royal icing to create the perfect finish to these cookies.
Then of course, she had to gloat about my disaster showing her Dad the cookie that she decorated saying “someone bled gently on these” and then showed him my first unsuccessful attempts saying “someone died on these”!
We both thoroughly enjoyed decorating the cookies, and I must confess that throwing the colour on the cookies was quite like going back to kindergarten. Another blogger who had written about making these cookies suggested, “Dip a fork in the icing and fling away. Cackle evilly. Hoot with laughter. Repeat. Every cookie will look unique.”
If that works for you then go ahead, otherwise have fun whichever way you want. After all, when was the last time you threw paint around and had fun? Just don’t forget that cleaning up after can be painful, so be prepared and do spread a lot of old newspaper to make it a stress-free affair. Of course, she showed me her “blood spattering” technique which I quickly got the hang of, though I did end up poking a hole on a couple of cookies at the beginning , which prompted my daughter to quip, “You’re supposed to spatter the cookies with the blood, and not stab them with a fork so they bleed!”
The recipe for sugar cookies is one that I use on and off, and I have used Royal Icing. Cookies iced with Royal Icing travel better and my daughter will be taking these back to college with her to share with friends. Bothe the cookies and the icing contain eggs. Note that the icing contains raw egg whites, and if this is a problem, then please use an icing that works for you. You can use these egg-free recipes for sugar cookies and icing if you don’t use eggs.
Blood/ Red Spattered Almond-Vanilla Sugar Cookies.
(Inspired by Annie’s Eats)