How to Make Vampire Bat Cookies
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How to Make Vampire Bat Cookies

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

Want to create a Halloween centrepiece with extra bite? These hanging vampire bat cookies are a great project for making with the kids, and can be made in a whole array of colours.

I’ve stuck with the traditional Halloween colours of black, grey and purple, but you could have a go at experimenting with different colours of ready to roll icing, or even add small sweets for extra decoration.

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How to make


(Makes 20 to 30)

225 grams Unsalted butter, softened

200 grams Caster sugar

115 grams Light brown sugar

Two small Eggs, cold

375 grams Plain flour, sifted

70 grams Cocoa powder, sifted

Half a teaspoon of salt

One teaspoon Vanilla extract


In an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars for approximately five minutes until fluffy and pale. Beat in eggs until just combined.


Add flour, cocoa, salt and vanilla and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in fridge for 45 minutes before rolling out on a floured surface


Roll out dough to a thickness of five millimetres.


Cut the bat cookies from the dough and use a drinking straw to make a hole in each cookie before they go in the oven to bake. You can thread the finished cookies with string or thin ribbon and hang them upside down


Use the bat cutters to cut out coloured icing and attach to the cookies with water.


 Use the end of a paintbrush (or similar item) to poke the hole through


Add detail to your bats – you can score lines in the wings with the leaf shaper tool or pipe them on with coloured Royal icing. Add dots for eyes or use ready-made icing eyeballs.


Add some tiny teeth made from white icing to give your bats scary fangs!


 Once you’ve finished decorating the bats thread your twine or ribbon through the hole and then hang them. I create a spooky bat infested white display tree with mine.

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