(This post has been updated from the original October 2016 version to provide a better experience for you)
These super fun Ginger-Dead Men Halloween Biscuits are seriously easy to make and look really effective! Naturally I’ve made my own ginger biscuits but if you’re in a hurry you could just as easily buy some gingerbread men and decorate in the same way. If you’re into your gory Halloween Treats, you’ll love this super easy Halloween Dessert recipe too. It’s a really simple no bake tart filled with ‘bloody’ caramel! I love a disgustingly good surprise, don’t you?
If you’re after easy Halloween recipes, you’re definitely in the right place. Being a busy Mum myself, I strongly dislike recipes that are over complicated and take forever! There’s just not enough hours in the day for ‘complicated’! I do however, thoroughly enjoy all the positive reactions when people eat things I’ve made/baked. I’m sure you do too!
With that in mind, not only are these Halloween biscuits SO much fun to make but they honestly taste divine! Plus everyone will love the creative decoration. It’s also a perfect recipe for the kids to get involved with too. They can really let their imagination run wild with these fun and gruesome Halloween treats!
Here is what you will need to make approx 18-20.
To make the biscuits, in an electric stand mixer or a large bowl with an electric hand whisk, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Then add the egg yolk & water and mix again until smooth.
Next, sift in the flour, ginger and salt then fold in with a spatula until it forms a dough.
Cut out two large pieces of baking paper. Lay one on your work surface and tip the dough out onto it. Gently knead until it comes together then form a flattened disc. Place the second sheet of baking paper on top and roll to a thickness of 5mm. Take your gingerbread man cutter and cut out as many shapes as possible.
Place the cut biscuits onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper then re-roll the remaining dough out to 5mm and cut out more men. Repeat until you have no dough left.
Place the biscuits into the fridge to chill for 1 hour before baking. This will help them hold their shape much better.
When the biscuits are chilled, line a baking sheet with baking paper or a non stick silicone mat and preheat your oven to 180°C/Fan 170°C.
Place some men on the tray leaving space for a little spreading between each one.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until the edges are golden.
Leave on the tray for a few minutes to harden then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating. Repeat the baking process for all the remaining Ginger-Dead Men Halloween Biscuits.
Once completely cooled, simply decorate however you feel like it! I snapped a few in half, tore off limbs and added lots of ‘blood.’ Gave them all pained faces, cuts & stitches. You really can let your imagination run wild with this though!
Once you’ve finished icing your Ginger-Dead Men Halloween Biscuits, leave them on a wire rack until the icing has completely set. Then store at room temp in an airtight container (I prefer metal as they keep their crunch better.) Consume within 5-7 days.
Told you they were easy! And SO effective too! They’d be perfect for trick or treaters in little clear plastic gift bags tied with orange & black curling ribbon. They’d also look great on any Halloween party buffet table, I know I’d be reaching for a bloody limb or two!
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