Halloween Royal Icing Cookies

These Halloween royal icing cookies taste just as good as they look, if not better! It combines the best cut-out sugar cookie recipe and the best royal icing recipe. Read below for the recipes and details.

Halloween royal icing cookies including ghost cookies, cauldron cookies, bat cookies, and coffin cookies

What You’ll Need to Make Halloween Royal Icing Cookies

For starters, you’ll need my best cut-out sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe. I would follow both recipes to a “T” so that your cookies turn out soft, tender, tasty, and beautiful!

You’ll also need some piping bags, #1 and #2 tips, and candy skulls if you would like to add them to the coffins.

I also used Americolor gel- specifically black and orange. The colors are really vibrant and work really well in my royal icing recipe.

If you need some tips of how royal icing works, head on over to my royal icing page where you can learn more!

bat, cauldron, and coffin cookies

3 Tips for Making Halloween Cut Out Cookies

Tip #1

Always chill the dough before cutting out the shapes. They will bake and hold their shapes perfectly every time if the dough is cold. It’s seriously the best recipe, and the cookies never lose their shape.

Tip #2

Don’t brown the cookies, and this will make them harder and crunchier. They are super soft when baked properly.

Tip #3

Use good Halloween cookie cutters, preferably made out of metal. Sometimes plastic ones don’t cut as crisp of shapes, so I often opt for metal.

For this post, I used the following cutters:

black bat cookie royal icing

Halloween Royal Icing Cookies

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  • Author: Camille
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Chill Time: 60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 11 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 56 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies


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For the Halloween Cut Out Sugar Cookies

  • 226 g unsalted butter, chilled (1 cup)
  • 200 grams granulated sugar (1 cup)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 375 g all-purpose flour (3 cups + 2 Tbs)

For the Royal Icing

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 lbs. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. butter emulsion (or butter flavoring)
  • 1/4 tsp. almond emulsion (or almond extract)
  • Water
  • Gel food coloring, orange and black
  • Halloween candy skulls for the coffin cookies
  • Sprinkles for cauldron cookies


To Make the Halloween Royal Icing Cookies

  1. Follow the cookie recipe here. Allow cookies to cool completely before frosting.
  2. To make the royal icing, follow the directions here.
  3. Color the icing orange, black, and leave a portion of the icing white. Place each cookie on a spinning lazy susan so it’s easier to decorate. Outline and flood the cookies, and place them in front of a small heater fan to dry so that the icing stays shiny.
  4. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.


This is a Baker Street Society original recipe.

halloween royal icing cookies

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