Nigella Lawson's Creepy Cookies Recipe

Publish Date
Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 11:28AM

Have some fun on the spookiest day of the year with these frightful Creepy Cookies - your little monsters are sure to love them!

Serves: 16-20


  • 90 grams soft unsalted butter
  • 100 grams caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200 grams plain flour (plus more for rolling)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 150 grams icing sugar (sieved)
  • Food colouring


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and as light as a mousse, then beat in the eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter and eggs, and mix gently but surely. If you think the finished mixture is too sticky to be rolled out, add more flour, but do so sparingly as too much will make the dough tough.
  3. Form the dough into a fat disc, wrap in clingfilm and rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  4. Sprinkle a suitable surface with flour, place the disc of dough on it and sprinkle a little more flour on top of that. Then roll it out to a thickness of about half a centimetre. Cut into shapes, dipping the cutter into flour as you go, and place the biscuits a little apart on the baking sheet. You might need to do this in two batches, making sure the baking sheet is cool before placing the second batch.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, by which time they will be lightly golden around the edges. Cool on a rack.
  6. When they’re all fully cooled, you can get on with the icing. You can use simple glace icing, mixing hot water with icing/confectioners’ sugar - so that the icing is an easily spreadable consistency.
  7. Colour the icing as desired.


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