• Makes 20
  • 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty Medium
  • 8 Ingredients


Skeleton Cookies are a brilliant way to bring a little spookiness into Halloween … or any other day for that matter.

These Skeleton Cookies would actually be a load of fun to send to school for the class on a day they are learning about the human body, bones etc!

We love the base cookie recipe used to create the Skeleton Cookies – it’s such a great texture and holds its shape during baking making it perfect for any shape. Learn it by heart or double batch and keep half in the freezer for a quick cookie project instead of play doh or painting!

Anything else you’d change if you were making these skeleton cookies? 

Ingredients (makes 20 cookies)

  • 175g Plain flour
  • 100g Chilled butter, cubed
  • 85g Icing Sugar
  • 1tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • Icing sugar (for icing)
  • Water (for icing)
  • Candy hearts (decoration)


  1. Put the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk in a food processor. Dribble in 1 TBS water, and blitz until the mix comes together to form a dough.
  2. Place onto a work surface, and knead briefly to bring together, then wrap in cling wrap, and chill for 20 minutes.
  3. Once chilled, roll out on a floured surface and cut out your 'gingerbread man' shapes.
  4. Place onto a lined baking tray, and cook in a moderate oven for approximately 12 minutes
  5. Allow to cool completely, then make up a basic icing using icing sugar and a touch of water. You don't need alot of water at all as the icing sugar dissolves easily. Start with a small amount first and add more if needed. If you have added too much water - add more icing sugar until it resembles a paste.
  6. Place icing into a piping bag with a small thin nozzle, and ice the 'bones' onto your skeleton. Add a tiny candy heart, and you're done!


A basic but tasty sugar cookie recipe that can be made and kept in the fridge for a day before baking

  • What a brilliant and fun idea


  • Gingerbread men are always a hit here. I like to make them gf, diary free and refined sugar free.


  • These are too cute! I love them so much


  • Love the recipe as it can be used for any cookie shapes. Don’t think I could get my skeletons to all look the same though. Might make some with different expressions for a laugh


  • Made these yesterday! So yummy and easy to make! A lovely little treat for


  • What a very clever idea – thanks for sharing your recipe – good treat for Halloween.


  • I love these. So easy and clever.


  • These are totally gorgeous. I love these for Halloween.


  • Very clever, they look great


  • Great idea!


  • These look very cute would love to make this thanks for sharing


  • Wow…..love this idea. Such creativity


  • Wonderful twist. Live what creativity can do. Thanks for sharing.


  • Boo back these are very cool. I made something similar for work on nurses day but mine where the patients


  • What a great idea, I love this!


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