Black Cat Cookies

by jenna on October 24, 2012

These little black cat decorated cookies are the CUTEST and just perfect for Halloween next week!

I was absolutely thrilled when my friend, Bridget, sent me a copy of her new book, Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holidays, Celebrations & Everyday. I met Bridget last summer when we both traveled to Oregon to visit with Harry & David. She is just as sweet and nice as you can imagine by reading her blog, and I’m so proud of her because her book is, well, pretty amazing. Not that I would expect anything less!

I feel like I need to preface this post by saying up front that I am NOT a cookie decorator.

Nope…not me.

I’m not coordinated, graceful or tidy. Instead, I’m clumsy and messy. My kitchen usually looks like a bomb went off in it. Despite going through pastry and baking school, my talent does not lie with beautifully decorated cookies and cakes. I’m more of a sink-my-hands-into-a-big-pile-of-bread-dough type of gal. Many times, I catch people staring at me at the grocery store because I’ll have dough stuck in my hair and chocolate stains on my shirt. Yep, that’s me!

So what I’m saying is this: if I can decorate these cookies, you can, too. Trust me.

Naturally, I picked little black cat cookies because of my main furball squeeze, Dexter. He was so excited!

The cookie is just a very simple sugar cookie cut out in Halloween cat shapes. I ordered this little cookie cutter off Amazon last week for the project!

In her book, Bridget explains how to decorate the cats with very easy to comprehend directions and photos. Even though it might seem complicated, she really does a great job with breaking down each step so you don’t get confused. I also loved how she gave the tip of freezing the cookie dough after cutting out the cat shapes for five minutes. Freezing the dough helps reduce the spread in the oven and made them much easier to handle!

After the cookies came out of the oven, I tinted my royal icing black {here’s the food coloring brand I used} and outlined the cats with the icing. Then, I thinned the icing with a little warm water and filled them in with more icing.

Seriously, it was so simple. This was my first time making legit decorated cookies and even though I sort of feel like they look like black llamas with collars, I’m pretty happy with the result. Almost too cute to eat!

It goes without saying that Dexter liked them, too.

I brought a plate next door to my neighbor who looks after Dexter when I’m out of town. She got a kick out of them! I think they’d be perfect for any Halloween party or just to decorate with your kids next week. Bridget reminded me that cookie decorating isn’t just for Christmas and I got a lot of great, fun ideas from her book that I can’t wait to try.

Black Cat Cookies

from Decorating Cookies: 60+ Designs for Holidays, Celebrations & Everyday

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Ingredients:

for sugar cookies —

3 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup (2 sticks) cold salted butter, cut into small pieces

1 cup sugar

1 egg

3/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp almond extract {I’m going to say that this is option because I didn’t add it and the cookies were still delicious!}

for the royal icing —

1/2 cup meringue powder

1 scant cup water

32 oz powdered sugar

2 tsp light corn syrup {I used honey instead and it turned out great!}

black food coloring

green food coloring

orange food coloring

special tools —

#1 pastry tip, #2 pastry tip, two plastic pastry bags, 1 plastic squeeze bottle, toothpick, cat shaped cookie cutter

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with either parchment paper or a Silpat. Set aside.

Whisk the flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl. In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the egg and extracts and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients, one cup at a time, and mix only until a soft dough has formed.

Roll dough out to approximately 1/4″ thick. Cut cat shapes out of dough and place on a plate. Stick the plate in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Then, peel the cold cookies off the plate and place on the lined baking sheet.

Bake cookies for 9-12 minutes.

Repeat with remaining dough —- cutting cats out then freezing for five minutes before baking. Let all cookies cool completely before decorating!

Now, make the royal icing. In the bowl of a KitchenAid mixer, beat together the meringue powder and water together until bubbly. Slowly add the powdered sugar while the mixer is on the lowest possible speed. Add the corn syrup {or honey} and continue beating on low speed for five minutes. Crank speed to medium high and beat for another 5 minutes until stiff glossy peaks form. Be careful here because it’s possible to overbeat the frosting, which will cause it to go dull. You want it to still be very glossy and fluffy.

Scoop small amounts of icing into three separate small bowls. Add black food coloring to one, orange to the next and green to the final bowl. Mix well.

Fit your #2 tip into a pastry bag and scoop a small amount of black frosting into the bag. VERY SLOWLY trace the frosting around the edges of the cat cookies to form a thin black outline. Repeat with remaining cookies until they are all outlined.

Add about a tablespoon of warm water to the remaining black frosting in the small bowl. Mix well, adding more warm water if necessary, to form an icing that is the same consistency of thick syrup. When you hold up your spoon, it should be a steady stream of icing and not break. This will be your icing that you will use to fill in the cats with. Pour icing into your plastic squeeze bottle and fit the top on tightly. Fill in the cats carefully with this. Then, set them aside to dry for at least an hour.

When the cats are dry, it’s time to make the collars. Scoop some orange icing into another pastry bag with your #1 tip. Gently squeeze a thin line of orange icing around the neck of each cat.

Use toothpicks dipped in the green icing to make eyes if you like!

Time:

2 hours

**this recipe makes a TON of royal icing. I recommend cutting it in half!

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Mila October 24, 2012 at 3:15 am

Jenna, he is just too cute! love that pic of him on the counter! I’m sure the cookies are great too :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks October 24, 2012 at 3:43 am

32 ounces of powdered sugar – yep, I’d say it makes a ton of royal icing! Ha!

Bridget is so sweet and can’t wait to check out her book!

And what adorable cookies you made – just in time for Halloween!

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Anne October 24, 2012 at 4:28 am

So fun! Cookie decorating always starts out as a fun idea for me that turn super stressful becuase I am too much of a cookie perfectionist. I am much better with a lumpy ole oatmeal cookie in all it’s glory than a pretty decorated one. I NEED her book!

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 24, 2012 at 4:38 am

How adorable. These remind me of cookies my mom used to make. She was great at the intricate decorating!

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Molly @ RDexposed October 24, 2012 at 4:55 am

How fun! I do not have patience for cookie decorating. I get all antsy. Maybe I need an adult beverage in hand to keep me going!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 24, 2012 at 5:01 am

These are adorable! I don’t bake often, but when I do it’s usually in the fall/winter because my cookie cutters are mostly Christmas and Halloween themed! Even though I wouldn’t say I’m great at decorating them, I still find it really relaxing and it’s one of my favourite parts of the holidays. Great job!

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Renee' @ Sassy Wife, Classy Life October 24, 2012 at 5:36 am

Jenna –

What a cute Halloween idea! I’m actually more impressed that you got your cat to sit still for the photo op – he must have really liked those cookies. :)

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar October 24, 2012 at 5:42 am

Awww so fun!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama October 24, 2012 at 5:46 am

So stinkin’ cute! My daughter is obsessed with anything cat related. I need to make these for next week.

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 24, 2012 at 5:54 am

Super cute and festive!

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Abby@ Totes Delish October 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

So cute!! They totally look like cats, not llamas : )

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Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 24, 2012 at 6:14 am

So cute! I’ve been wanting to get her book, because it seems like a lot of fun!

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bridget {bake at 350} October 24, 2012 at 6:19 am

Oh my goodness! I’m so in love with these….not to mention, I’m a sucker for an adorable black kitty!!! How sweet is he?!?!?

{{thank you, Jenna!}}

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 24, 2012 at 6:26 am

I absolutely love these!! Too cute!

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock October 24, 2012 at 6:40 am

So adorable! How ever did you get Dexter to sit so sweetly next to those cookies? What a good lil’ kitty ; )

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Caia October 24, 2012 at 6:43 am

I can’t believe you got your cat to pose! Nice!

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Lily O' Dare @ Candied-Life October 24, 2012 at 6:59 am

oh wow, that frosting shot. oh wow!

these cookies remind me of Cravings! love!!

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jenna k October 24, 2012 at 7:14 am

fun!! this weekend, i had THE MOST delicious panera sugar cookie iced like a pumpkin. it seriously saved me from having a few too many bevs before the tennessee/alabama thrashing ;) there is nothing like a good, iced sugar cookie.
i went to trader joe’s the other day with tomato all over me… shouldn’t have cooked chili RIGHT before going…

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Sarah October 24, 2012 at 7:38 am

Making those this weekend. It’s official.

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Samantha Angela October 24, 2012 at 7:45 am

So cute Jenna!

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Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets October 24, 2012 at 7:47 am

oh my gosh that is soooooo cute. it reminds me of your cat!

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Sara October 24, 2012 at 7:53 am

So adorable. Your cat looks like my furry friend. I have to make these!

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Laurel October 24, 2012 at 7:55 am

I just got my fix of cookie decorating with sugar cookie pumpkins and bats yesterday. Although I am not much of a decorator either (love the whole messy-hands-in-the-dough thing too), it is fun to branch outside the comfort zone and have a little fun with the decorating process sometimes!! :)

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Becky Henderson October 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

I’m cracking up at your llama comment! I think they look great!

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Laurie Jamieson October 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

i have a question, is royal icing any better than powdered sugar icing?

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jenna October 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

It’s pretty much the same thing but this icing has meringue powder in it, which gives it stability and makes it easier to work with than plain powdered sugar icing, which can be a bit drippy! It spreads easier and is much easier to work with.

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Laurie Jamieson October 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

thx Jenna! i am going to try this recipe this weekend

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Liz @ EatingPlaces October 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

Love these and…I used to have a black cat that looked exactly like Dexter! Such a good icing technique to remember.

Do you have any favorite natural food coloring brands? I want to make these, but I try to stay away from artificial coloring.

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jenna October 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Unfortunately, I do not! I usually don’t seek out natural food coloring — I usually just get mine at the grocery store or order it on Amazon. I’m sorry about that — I wish I could be more help!

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allie@sweetpotatobites October 24, 2012 at 8:16 am

these are so cute – perfect halloween treat!

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Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches October 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

Your kitty is so handsome! Love!

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Beth October 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

Dexter is a beautiful cat. More pics of him in the future please. Love the cookies. I always decorate cookies like this at Christmas but maybe we should start a new halloween tradition.

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deva by definition October 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

Those are so adorable – they don’t look like llamas at all! I thought they looked like old-school Disney illustrations, which I love!

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Becky October 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

These are so cute! As the owner of a black cat too, I want to get all of the supplies to make these as soon as possible.

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Linda | The Urban Mrs October 24, 2012 at 9:08 am

That looks so cute! One of my fears when decorating cookies is making a mess, and I end up giving up. Thanks for the encouragement, now I’ll try to try it out.

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Caroline L. October 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

haven’t seen Dexter in awhile! these are so cute… can’t wait for Halloween!

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Erica @ Coffee & Quinoa October 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

Love the part in your book where you talk about everyone else decorating their crazy cakes in culinary school. These are adorable!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

So cute! I am the worst cookie decorator in existence, so having a little how-to is necessary!

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Robyn October 24, 2012 at 10:46 am

Love these! This post is giving me confidence in my cookie decorating skills [that are currently non-existant] trying these this week!

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Jenna October 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

These are so cute!

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Paula October 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I adore Bridget and her Decorating Cookies book! You mentioned at the beginning that you weren’t a cookie decorator. I beg to differ! Great job on the black cat cookies :)

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated October 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Very cute idea. I love that the real cat is hanging out in all of the picturs … nice touch. ;)

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Emily @ Life on Food October 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Oh I really need to get on the cut out cookie cutters. I always think they are such a pain in the butt to make. They are oh so cute though. I have all sorts of copper farm animals cookie cutters – not the best for Halloween celebrations.

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Leslie Means October 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm

LOVE! And Dexter looks just like our black cat, buddy. :)

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Lia October 24, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Those are adorable. I love decorating, so that sounds like a great Xmas gift to ask for hehehe!

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Daisy October 24, 2012 at 8:17 pm

So. You are totally promoting any and everything lately. But you do it well. And dexter is unbelievably photogenic, that includes cookie form

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. October 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

These are so great! I love the pictures with Dexter too!

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elle | nutritionella October 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I’m not a cat person (no offense, Dexter – I’m allergic!) but these cookies are so cute. I don’t know if I have the patience though. I feel like I’d frost 5 or 6, eat them all and call it quits!

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Olviya@servingsisters.com October 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm

These cookies are so stinkin’ cute!

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Kari@Loaves and Dishes October 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Dexter is adorable and had the prettiest eyes. It’s no wonder you were so inspired. I visit Bridjet’s blog regularly. I don’t bake like she does, but I love to look at her beautiful photos, she is an artist!

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Sarah W. October 26, 2012 at 11:01 am

How many cookies did this make by chance??

We recently adopted a beautiful black kitten – I guess she’s no longer a kitten anymore, but as soon as I saw this post I hoped on Amazon and ordered all my supplies, and signed up for Prime so I could have them 2 day delivery.

I will be making these tomorrow for a Halloween party! Thanks!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner October 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hehe. Dexter is so cute!!!!!! I’m sure he enjoyed having cookies made in his honor. ;)

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Sarah W. October 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

super easy to make. i had some icing fiascos with my stupid pastry bag, so frosting took longer. practice makes perfect, so I think i will do hanukkah cut outs in Dec :-) the frosting recipe was super easy to make…and i loved the idea about thinnning it out and putting it in the squeeze bottle – it was awesome.

so awesome, that my other cat (not the black one) ate at least 3 of my frosted black cats :( looks like i’ll be cleaning up vomit sometime soon…

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Janet Rudolph @ DyingforChocolate October 29, 2012 at 6:32 am

Love these, and love the cat!

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Brett Alexander December 14, 2012 at 1:11 am

I’m going to try these with my niece over Christmas – she’ll just looove them – as she’s really into cats (but can’t have one)!

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