This year, I told myself that I was going to try and make some Halloween cookies for my girls to bring in to their classes. As crazy as it sounds, out of the buckets of cutters that I have, I do not have a ghost cutter. Instead of ordering one, I decided to be creative (ahem, cheap) and use my skull cutter instead. If you're like me and want to make the most of some of the random shapes you have, keep reading to learn how to make this easy Halloween ghost!MATERIALS NEEDED:
• Small brush for food only - optional
To start off, after your cookie has been baked off and cooled, lightly draw the outline of your ghost. I like to use light colored edible markers when I'm flooding with white, but any color will work since you'll be covering it anyways.
Once you have the shape drawn out, outline the outside of your marker with the white royal icing to ensure none of the color shows. Flood and set aside to dry.
Next, pipe a thin black line halfway down the body. When working with black royal icing, some people have issues with it bleeding. I have learned over the years that when you're coloring your icing, you want to add just enough black color to make a dark gray. Over time, the color will deepen and it will be less likely to bleed into other colors -- plus you get to save a little bit of product.
Take the orange royal icing and pipe out "BOO" just under the black line and fill immediately. I personally think the letters look cuter when they're not the same size, but pipe them on however you think they fit.
After the sign is done, use the black icing to pipe on the eyes and mouth. I always add a small white dot to eyes because I think it adds a little bit of dimension, but feel free to leave them out. Also, while I had the white in my hands, I piped on a little swirl on his forehead as hair.
Using the wet-on-wet technique, pipe a small amount of white royal icing in long tear drop shapes to create shine marks on the corners of the letters. If you have a hard time piping the right shape, you can always pipe a small dot and use a toothpick or something sharp to drag the shape down.
From here, you should set your cookie aside to dry before you pipe the hands on, but I was in a rush and piped them on immediately after. The black from the sign bled into the white a little bit, but since ghosts are technically transparent or translucent, it didn't really bother me too much.
Lastly, after your cookie has completely dried overnight, take a small brush and some pink luster dust and brush on his little rosy cheeks. I used the one that had some shimmer in it just because I like shiny things (like most girls).