You have to admit, those glowing eyes are a bit scary! So is cutting out cookies with those fiddly little bits that break off when you try to put the cookie on the baking sheet. This is how I avoid amputating ears, legs and other delicate cookie parts. Always chill your cookie dough before rolling it out. 30 minutes is usually long enough but overnight is even better.
Roll the cookie dough directly onto a piece of baking paper. Use a piece of cling film over the top of the dough if you find it is too sticky to roll out without a lot of additional flour. Slide the baking paper with the rolled out cookie dough onto the baking sheet.
Dip the cookie cutter into flour and shake off the excess. Cut the cookie shape directly on the baking sheet in the position you are going to bake it. You won't break off any delicate bits because you never have to move the cookie! Gently remove the excess dough from around the cut cookie.
Add the 'eyes' and you are ready to bake! When the cookies are baked, just slide the baking paper, cookies and all, onto the kitchen counter to cool. Be sure to use all the dough scraps to make more bats. Just roll out the left over dough onto another piece of baking paper and pop it in the fridge to firm up before cutting more cookies.
I used this Chocolate Cutout Cookie Recipe and got a Bat-tallion of cookies! So get those children out to the kitchen and go batty! It's nearly Halloween!
Laura from Laura Loves Cakes and Rachel from Dolly Bakes invited me to submit these batty cookies to their Calendar Cake Challenge for Halloween. They were so kind, it would be rude to say no. You should pop over to Dolly Bakes to see more spookily good Halloween treats.