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Fun and easy Mummy cookies recipe for Halloween baking with kids
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Chocolate Shortbread Mummy Cookies

These fun and easy Shortbread Mummy Cookies make a great Halloween treat to bake with the kids and they're perfect for Halloween party food too!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dessert, Party Food
Cuisine: British, Halloween
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Grace Hall


For the cookies:

  • 250 g butter
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 375 g plain flour
  • 30 g cocoa powder

To decorate:

  • 300 g icing sugar
  • edible candy eyes


  • Preheat oven to 160°C (Gas mark 2/325°F).
  • Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
  • Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, then whisk together until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  • Sieve in the flour and cocoa powder.  Whisk again until the mixture comes together in a crumbly dough.
  • Pull the dough together with your hands, then roll out on a lightly floured surface to around 1cm thick.  Using a small round cookie cutter, cut circles from the dough, then carefully transfer them to the baking trays.
  • Bake for around 15 minutes until cooked through.
  • Once cooked, leave the chocolate shortbread rounds to cool on the baking trays for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Once the cookies are completely cool, make the icing:
  • Sieve the icing sugar into a bowl then a splash of water. Stir well until the sugar has dissolved and the icing is smooth. Add a little more water if needed to get the correct consistency of icing – it should be a thick paste suitable for piping.
  • Spoon the icing into a disposable piping bag, then snip off the end and pipe zig-zags of lines across the cookies to make mummy ‘bandages’, leaving a small gap near the top of the cookie for the eyes.
  • Stick two edible candy eyes in place using the icing as ‘glue’.
  • Leave the icing to dry and set.
  • Once the icing has completely dried, store your mummy cookies in an airtight container, layered with baking paper to separate them, until ready to serve.