Halloween Striped Cookies

Welcome to the first ever post of Collectively Creative, an idea started by Kelly of Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons who thought wouldn’t it be great if a group of bloggers could all publish a post at the same time all around a chosen theme and then showcase everyone else’s links, allowing readers to discover some new creative ideas and introduce them to some new bloggers.

So here is my contribution to the first Collectively Creative theme – Halloween!

The moment I finished making the Rainbow Striped cookies for my daughter’s birthday I instantly thought how great they would look would look for other themes. The original idea for the Rainbow cookies came from Good Life Eats. This is what I like to call the cookie for people who want to make an impact with their cookies but may possibly be cookie icing challenged.

Because apparently I needed an arm workout that morning, I thought “Hey, why not knead some more food colouring into dough?” and make the Halloween version of these just in time for this post.

Outside of all the ingredients for your sugar cookie dough you will need the following:

Ziplock (or your brand choice) sandwich bags

– Food / icing colouring in orange and black

– Saran wrap

– A big thick cutting knife (a butcher knife is good)

– Baking pan/tray

– Parchment paper

Step 1

Mix your sugar cookie dough. Separate dough into two equal portions in two separate bowls.

I used this sugar cookie recipe for the rainbow ones as I like to use oil instead of butter in them. I modified it to a serving size of 72 (yes 72) because I wanted big cookies. I’ve also used this sugar cookie recipe for them. For these, I did a mix of the two. I don’t even know how that’s possible but it was. I did wind up however adding too much oil but that’s another story.

Because we all have different dietary requirements, choose the recipe that suits your needs.

Step 2

Add in (knead in) your food colouring. I used Wilton Gel Icing Colours for these in orange and black.

Step 3

Separate each bowl of coloured dough into 3 equal portions.

Take each individual portion and put it into a Ziploc sandwich bag. Flatten it out and seal it as seen below.

A standard Ziplock sandwich bag is 6.5″ x 6″.

Place dough in your fridge to chill for an hour (or more…)

Step 4

Remove now very chilled dough from your fridge.

In a cross shape, lay out your saran wrap on your counter top. This will help make wrapping your dough easier.

Cut the sandwich bags of each layer of dough with a pair of scissors. DO NOT try and slide the dough out of the sandwich bags. You need the square shape in tact.

Carefully place one layer of dough in alternating colours on top of each other in the center of your saran wrap.

Wrap dough tightly with saran wrap and stick it in the freezer for at least another hour or two.

Step 5

Remove frozen dough from freezer.

Slice. Put on baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Step 6


With my oven I baked these for 6 minutes at 350 degrees.

Remove and let slightly cool. Trim off excess spread into rectangle shapes.

And you’re done.

Halloween Striped Cookies!!

You know what’s even better than rectangle Halloween Striped Cookies?

Striped Halloween shaped cookie cut outs!

I did the cut outs from the already baked rectangles. When I tried to do the cut outs with this particular cookie dough recipe before they baked, the spread was still too much and they didn’t retain their shape. This was an impromptu idea because we had just bought some Halloween shaped cookie cutters. I’ll know better for next time and use a recipe that’s geared more towards sugar cookie shape cut outs. Or maybe just cheat again and cut them out after because it still worked out pretty good.

The most important step in this entire process is the freezing of your layered dough. This will help prevent the bleeding of the colours into each other while baking and help retain the stripes. It also makes the dough much easier to slice and not have the layers squish together.

DO NOT skip the freezing part or you will have yourself a melted fondue resembling a drunk tiger in your oven.

Happy Halloween! Or possible Jungle theme party. Just add Tiger Tail ice cream!

Do you want more great Halloween ideas? Go and check out the other amazing and talented bloggers who participated in Collectively Creative’s Halloween Edition.

BOO and Buttons, Tricks and Treats

DIY Halloween Centerpieces

Oreo Spiders and Mummy Juice Boxes

Party Pumpkin Keg

Have Fun Making Monster Munch For Halloween!

Halloween Striped Cookies

Divine Pumpkin Roll Recipe

From My Family To Yours: Six Strategies for Trick or Treat

Trick-or-Treat Neat


  • Reply
    Pillows A-La-Mode
    October 22, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I can’t wait to try these!!! Thank you for the great idea! 🙂

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      I can’t wait to start perusing your site history for more sewing ideas!!!

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    Cobwebs, Cupcakes And Crayons
    October 22, 2012 at 10:29 am

    These came out great! I LOVE the cut outs…the little bats are adorable. Thanks so much for being part of the first Collectively Creative! -Kelly

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thank you for starting it! What’s next? Christmas?! Say when.

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    October 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

    What a good idea you had! 🙂 they look great! 🙂 I’m going through all the projects from the Collectively Creative group and you guys are pretty awesome! 🙂

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    Victoria Elizabeth
    October 22, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Now I’m hungry…and those look delicious. My favorite are the bat-shapes. Probably because I love all things Halloween. Are your kids getting excited?

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      I am more excited than them. I shamelessly admit I relive my childhood vicariously through them *cough* birthday party excess *cough*. What are you going as? That is even if you hand out candy are you dressing up?

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    October 22, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Oh dear LAWD those are adorable… it almost ALMOST makes me want to bake. Actually, I have a better idea… Boston and Toronto aren’t so far apart… why don’t I stop by and grab a few with a cup of coffee… I’ll even help you clean up! ;-P

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    Erin Snyder
    October 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I absolutely love this. I do NOT do icing! And it would be great for any occasion. I’m thinking football team colors here!
    ~Neaten Your Nest

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      The last time I tried to ice cookies I forgot to blog about it even though I wrote a post that I forgot to publish. It was called Where Easter cookies go to die.
      Totally perfect for football!!!! Omg that’s a great idea! And do football cookie cut outs. My husband is a die hard Steelers fan so mine would wind up looking like bumble bees. This may help if he actually ate anything sweet.

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    October 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    They’re SPOOKtacular! I have to guess that all these cookies are probably GONE by now. HA HA! They would be at my house. They look so yummy – but I’m a huge fun of simple sugar cookies. They are the perfect treat! I’m sure Halloween is super fun at your house with the kids.

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      They were so gone. My daughter ran around and gave them out to the neighbours. I am chocolate cookie fan and if it’s got nuts and caramel and pecans I’m sold. Halloween in this pocket of the woods is insane. I should have known better than to move to suburbia. You cannot keep your door closed that night. Just get some coffee a heater and sit in the chair on your porch in a thermal blanket.

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        October 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

        That sounds fun! Our neighborhood actually gets blocked off by the city so kids and families can walk in the streets without cars running them over. It drives my husband crazy because you can’t “get anywhere” in your car. He loves to cause trouble and move the orange cones and drive though. HE’S SO BAD!
        Also, as I’m drooling over your pictures those would be fun to do in the shape of candy corn with orange and yellow!

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          [email protected]
          October 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

          HAHAHAHAHA! My husband would totally do that too.

          I’m telling you this is the greatest no icing cookie idea ever. Good Life Eats totally opened up a can of worms with those rainbow cookies. Holidays. Birthdays. Themes. School colours. Sports colours. And you can flavour your sugar cookies to any flavour. It’s endless.

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    October 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you! Think I will! Would help me get some structure in my attempts of DYI’s! 🙂

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    October 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    What a cool idea Alex! The Halloween cookie cutout ones look adorable! I am going to have to try making these with Kyra she will love them 🙂

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      They’re a hit with kids more so than anything. Definitely use a no spread sugar cookie recipe if you do the shape ones. 🙂

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    Organized Living Essentials
    October 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Hi! What a fabulous idea! It looks very doable and I love how you can make it with the Halloween cut out shapes. Brilliant! ~Thea

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      I wish I had thought about doing the shapes sooner but I completely forgot we had them. It does wind up wasting a bit of the dough so if I use the shapes next time I’d almost consider adding 2 more layers of stripes just b/c of the size of the cookie cutters.

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    October 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    These look professional! I really love the cut-outs! I’m definitely going to be giving these a try in the near future – I like Erin’s idea of doing football colors too. Ahhh, the possibilities!

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      [email protected]
      October 22, 2012 at 9:19 pm

      Football colours would rock! These would be awesome for a tailgate party. The Cincinnati Bengals may like these.

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    [email protected]
    October 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Very creative. 🙂

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    the home tome
    October 23, 2012 at 10:21 am

    SO CUTE! I don’t know if it’s off-topic or relevant to reveal that I have a pair of stripey socks that look just like these cookies.

    If you do skip the freezing step, I suppose you could just switch over to a Drunken Tiger theme – for the record, I think that could be a very interesting party… 🙂

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    October 24, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    As soon as I saw the pictures, I had flashbacks to the rainbow cookies. You are a pro now and the possibilities are limitless. Kudos!

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