Halloween Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

pink, orange, green and purple iced chocolate shortbread cookies

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  • Chocolate Shortbread Cookie
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Cups Unsalted Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Vanilla Bean or 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
  • 3 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • Royal Icing
  • 6 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3 Eggs Whites, Pasteurized (add more or less eggs to adjust consistency)
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract


  1. Shortbread Cookies
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare sheet pans with parchment paper
  3. Cream sugar and butter in a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment
  4. Add eggs and vanilla bean; mix on low speed until egg is fully incorporated
  5. Slowly add in the flour and mix until dough comes together into a ball
  6. Place dough on a floured surface and gently knead until smooth
  7. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  8. Once the dough is chilled, roll out into ⅛" thick and cut into desired shape
  9. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 14-18 minutes
  10. Allow the cookies to cool before glazing and decorating
  11. Royal Icing
  12. Combine powdered sugar, egg whites and vanilla in a mixing bowl with paddle attachment and mix on medium speed for 5 minutes or until icing is smooth
  13. Divide the icing into 4 bowls
  14. Mix one bowl with light lime green food coloring
  15. Mix one bowl with light lilac food coloring
  16. Mix one bowl with light orange food coloring
  17. Mix one bowl with soft pink food coloring
  18. Using the base color, fill a pastry bag and pipe the icing around the perimeter of the cookie; allow this outline to dry for a few minutes
  19. Using the same color as the outline, pipe the royal icing to cover the top of the cookie
  20. Allow the icing to dry for 10 minutes
  21. Add a small amount of icing to a bowl and add a few drops of black food color
  22. Fill a pastry bag with the black royal icing and pipe two eyes and a ghost like mouth
  23. Allow the cookies to dry before serving or dry overnight to place in cellophane bags and use as party favors!