A chocolaty treat that’s spooktacular. Kids can enjoy rolling and cutting out the shapes, just like regular sugar cookie dough, but with a fun chocolate twist. These Chocolate Sugar Cookies Bats are free of: wheat, dairy, egg, soy, peanut & tree nut free; top-8-free & vegan.
I don’t know what’s happened to me! I used to never be into Halloween. And now–look at me! It’s September and I’ve already got a Halloween recipe up.
I think part of it is the fact that I have kids. It’s always fun to do anything extra to make them smile. They love anything that looks cool–and it’s fun to come up with new variations and ways to make them excited. Basically I’m addicted to their smiles.
I’ve been intrigued by doing chocolate sugar cookies. Don’t get me wrong–classic sugar cookies (like my sugar cookie bars) are amazing in their own right. But add chocolate to anything and YASSS!!!!!!
While these cookies would be fun, and extra delicious with frosting, it only seemed fitting to use the naturally dark dough to turn them into something for Halloween. After all–the main colors of Halloween are black and orange!
I thought chocolate sugar cookie bats would be fun since my boys have been into Batman for quite sometime. This project really was all of our loves coming together into one thing: chocolate, cookies, Halloween, bats…you name it and we were including it.
To add extra Halloween-ish-ness, my son decided to help me roll out the cookie dough (and subsequently SNEAK it–I do have to say the dough was super delicious and almost brownie tasting) in his previous Halloween costume, Bumblebee. So, you too could do that. I always love when my kids wear their costumes all year round, instead of just rocking them for one night only.
Also–you could do the fun googly eyes like I did, to make them more kid friendly, but you could also do little dots of red for more of a scary/beady/Halloween look. Plus, I have yet to find store-bought eye balls that don’t have soy, in case that’s an issue for you. Thankfully, that’s one of the top 8 allergens my son can actually have. For some red dots for the eyes, you could use this allergy-friendly buttercream recipe, and dye it red.
Either way–I hope this helps you have a fun, new Halloween tradition. Happy (early!) Halloween to everyone. 🙂
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- 3/4 cup (one and a half sticks) vegan butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 flax egg (1 Tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 2.5 Tablespoons water)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 and 1/2 cups gluten-free flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
- Pinch of salt
- fine mesh strainer
- Rolling pin
- Bat cookie cutters
- Candy eye balls
- In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, place all of your dry ingredients, except for the flour and cocoa. Using a fine mesh strainer, shift the flour and cocoa powder into the dry ingredients. I typically don't go to this trouble, but cocoa can tend to ball up, and since you will have no frosting to cover these cookies, you want the batter to be even and fine with no lumps.
- Give all the dry ingredients a minute of mixing on low speed.
- Gradually add all of the wet ingredients. Stir until everything is incorporated.
- The dough will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge to chill for one hour.
- Uncover the dough, and sprinkle a clean surface with cocoa powder. (You don't want to do traditional flour, as it will leave white spots on your dough.) If needed, dust your rolling pin with cocoa powder too.
- Roll out the dough to uniform thickness, about 1/4 inch thick (unless you like a different size).
- Cut the shapes out and gently place them on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 for just 7-8 minutes. (Time may vary depending on the thickness and shapes of your cookies.) The cookies will still look soft when you pull them out. Your best indicator is your nose. When you start to smell them, get them out! If you leave them too long, they'll be too hard. Allow them to cool on the pan 1-2 more minutes, and then carefully transfer to a wire wrack to finish cooling.
- Once they are thoroughly cool, apply your choice of eye balls (or red frosting for red beady eyes). You can stick the eyes on with coloring gel, or simply with honey or maple syrup.
- Store in a air-tight container when not serving.
The eyeballs I link to in the recipe card have these ingredients: Dextrose, cornstarch, dextrin, sugar, magnesium stearate, red 40, shellac, yellow 5, gum Arabic, glycerin, artificial flavor, carnauba wax, blue 1, gelatin.
So, they are not vegan due to the gelatin. You can get vegan eyeballs here.
Adapted from: Sally's Baking Addiction
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