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Bat Cookies for Halloween Are the Cutest Ever

If you are looking for easy Halloween cookie ideas, these Reese’s chocolate bat cookies are perfect. The whole family can participate in the baking!

Halloween Cookie Ideas: Reese's Chocolate Bat Cookies

We are a cookie making family! My mother is the one who drives it, because she’s a bit of a cookie monster, and she loves baking during the holidays. When I saw the whole family gets involved, I mean the entire family.

My niece turned five this past summer and now it’s time for her to start baking with us this holiday season as well. We were looking at Halloween cookie ideas and were excited to try these Reese’s Chocolate Bat Cookies from Dixie Crystals.

Reese's bat cookies

These Reese’s bats are SO easy to make and I love that kids can help! They can assist in mixing the ingredients and of course will love to apply the icing and little faces at the end.

The only change we made from the Dixie Crystals recipe is that we made our own Royal Icing and applied that to decorate since that’s what we love. But isn’t that the point of Halloween cookie ideas? You make them your own! Here’s how to do it.

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Halloween Cookie Ideas: Reese’s Chocolate Bat Cookies

Ingredients – Makes 2 dozen

Royal Icing

  • 1 pound confectioner’s sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • Scant 1/2 cup water (and maybe more)
  • Gel food coloring (we used brown)

Recommended Tools

  • Bat cookie cutter
  • Hand mixer
  • Sifter
  • Squeeze bottles for icing

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder

Combine and sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

With hand held mixer or stand mixer, beat soft butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg and vanilla extract. Add sifted ingredients and mix until dough forms. Do not overmix.

If you are looking for easy Halloween cookie ideas, these Reese's chocolate bats are perfect. The whole family can participate in the baking!

Press dough 1/4-inch thick on a cookie sheet lined with plastic food film and place in refrigerator or freezer until firm enough to be rolled, about 20-45 minutes.

Roll dough about 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut using a bat cookie cutter and place on parchment lined cookies sheets about 1/4-inch apart.

If you are looking for easy Halloween cookie ideas, these Reese's chocolate bats are perfect. The whole family can participate in the baking!

Before placing in the oven, ensure that all flour traces are brushed off cookies (you can dip a paintbrush in water) to avoid any streaks.

Baked Halloween bat cookies

Place in oven and bake until surface is set but is still soft, about 10-11 minutes.

Let cool completely before proceeding.

For the Royal Icing

Making royal icing

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and beat with a mixer on low speed until smooth and opaque white, about 7 minutes.

If icing is too thick, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing has the consistency of glue and you can see the swirl marks from the mixer remain for a few seconds.

You can divide the icing into separate containers and mix in the food coloring if you are using multiple colors – or like me, just add one color and mix. A little food coloring goes a long way!

Putting icing on bat cookies

Apply the icing to your bat cookies with a squeeze bottle, or a sandwich bag with the corner cut off. You can use my “design” or make your own. Use the icing to attach the Reese’s bat head as well as the candy eyes. Let cure for a hour or so before serving.

Here’s the Reese’s bats recipe in the printable version:

Yield: 24 cookies

Bat Cookies for Halloween

Reese's bats

If you are looking for easy Halloween cookie ideas, these Reese's chocolate bat cookies are perfect.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, (softened)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg(s), (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 oz miniature Reese's cups
  • 1 box Wilton Candy Eyes

Royal Icing

  • 1/2 lb confectioner's sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon meringue powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Gel food coloring, (brown)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. 
  2. Combine and sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. With hand held mixer or stand mixer, beat soft butter and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg and vanilla extract. Add sifted ingredients and mix until dough forms. Do not overmix.
  4. Press dough 1/4-inch thick on a cookie sheet lined with plastic food film and place in refrigerator or freezer until firm enough to be rolled, about 20-45 minutes.
  5. Roll dough about 1/8-inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut using a bat cookie cutter and place on parchment lined cookies sheets about 1/4-inch apart.
  6. Place in oven and bake until surface is set but is still soft, about 10-11 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  8. Make your frosting. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and beat with a mixer on low speed until smooth and opaque white, about 7 minutes. 
  9. If icing is too thick, add more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing has the consistency of glue and you can see the swirl marks from the mixer remain for a few seconds.
  10. You can divide the icing into separate containers and mix in the food coloring if you are using multiple colors – or like me, just add one color and mix. A little food coloring goes a long way!
  11. Apply the icing to your bat cookies with a squeeze bottle, or a sandwich bag with the corner cut off. You can use my "design" or make your own. 
  12. Use the icing to attach the Reese's bat head as well as the candy eyes. Let cure for a hour or so before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 3g

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