Look, I know Halloween isn’t technically an Australian holiday, but I can’t help but love it. Every baby-boomer I know constantly reminds me that halloween is 'just another form of Americanisation'. Yes, mum, I get it but I do not care.
Who can blame me for wanting to dress up like a snapchat filter or slutty nun while treating myself to some trick or treat chocolate? It's honestly the best of both worlds.
In honour of the scary season, here are some creepy little cookies perfect for pre-drinks before your mates halloween party.
If you’re looking to go the extra mile,head to ‘In Katrina’s Kitchen’ for the most reliable sugar cookie recipe I have ever tried. However, if you only have a couple of hours to kill grab a packet of round, flat surfaced shortbread or plain biscuits and they’ll work a trick o’ treat!
* 500g icing sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (to keep it white af)
*2 large egg whites
This should make at least 24 cookies.
* Electric beaters
* Chocolate/black icing tube (optional)
* Silver Cachous (those lil’ silver balls you see on cakes)
* A toothpick
1. Mix together icing sugar, cream of tartar and egg whites in a bowl with electric beaters.
2. Mix for 1-2 minutes on low to combine. Then switch it up to high speed for 3 minutes, or until the mixture becomes a crisp white and gets thick.
3. Separate a small portion of icing into another bowl.
4. Choose a colour that fits with your halloween #aesthetic. I choose teal because this year I was going as a lizard queen. Add a few drops of food colouring to the small bowl and mix it up. This will be the icing we use for the spider web design. (If you do not have a chocolate icing tube, separate an even small amount of icing into another bowl and mix with a dark colour. This will be the icing used for your spiders).
5. Lay out your cookies on a baking sheet.
6. Smooth out one teaspoon of white icing onto your cookie so that it covers the surface.
7. Dip the toothpick into your coloured icing and draw four concentric circles on top of the white icing.
8. Place your toothpick in the centre of the cookie, drawing lines to the outer edge. Repeat all the way from the centre to the edges, until the coloured lines blend out to appear like a web.
9. Wait for the icing to set for 20 minutes.
10. Using either your chocolate icing tube or your dark icing, squirt a little blob, and then try and give it eight legs. I’m not going to lie to you here, this is a lot harder than it looks, so open your mind the to possibility of spiders with less legs, because if that was our reality I feel like the world would be a better place.
11. Add two little silver cachous for the eyes.
12. Leave for 10 minutes for the spider to set.
Laura is a 21 year old Italian grandmother who likes coffee, going to bed early and snapchat filters. Follow her on instagram @laurajmasia