Tasty, Tasty Brains!

HOMICIDAL-HOMEMAKER-BRAIN-CAKE-1   No one can resist creepy delicious treats – nobody. Our favorite Martha Stewart of the macabre is back at it again, this time reviewing our Brain Cake Cookie Jar. And in true Homicidal Homemaker fashion, she made cookies to match! But wait, it get’s better – she passed along the recipe for these devilishly delightful sweets. So get baking, and make sure you grab yourself a cookie jar to fill with all of those cavity-causing confections. HOMICIDAL-HOMEMAKER-BRAIN-CAKE-2

Basic Sugar Cookie Recipe

What You Need:

3 C all-purpose flour 1 C unsalted butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 tsp baking powder 1 large egg, at room temperature 2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 2. Sift together the flour and baking powder, and set aside. 3. Using an electric mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar for about 3 minutes, until it appears light and fluffy. 4. Add in the egg and vanilla, and continue to beat for another minute. 5. Add in the flour mixture, 1/2 at a time. Mix until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of parchment paper, or a silicone mat, lightly knead, and form into a ball. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, or place into a plastic bag and refrigerate for at least an hour.  Chilled dough is much easier to handle and roll out, but if you must use it immediately, you may roll it out with additional flour if it is too soft or sticky. If you roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment paper, there is usually no need for additional flour. 6. Roll the dough out to approximately 1/8" thick.  Cut out your favorite spooky shapes, and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookies are a light golden color. Allow to completely cool on a baking rack before icing.

Basic Royal Icing Recipe

What You Need:

4 C powdered powdered sugar 2 T meringue powder 2 teaspoons of clear imitation vanilla extract (clear extract won't alter the color of your icing) 1/2 C water

1. Sift together powdered sugar and meringue powder in the bowl of a stand mixture fitted with a paddle attachment. Add vanilla extract and half of the water. Mix on the lowest setting just until combined, and then slowly add the remainder of the water. Mix until it resembles the consistency and texture of honey; if your mixture is too dry or thick, add water one tablespoon at a time until you get the right consistency. After the right consistency is achieved, turn the mixture to medium-high speed and whip until the icing is fluffy and thick, approximately 2-4 minutes. Watch carefully, and stop mixing right when icing is thick enough to form a soft peak.

2. Use water-based food coloring gel to tint your icing to the desired color; do not use oil-based colors, as these will prevent the icing from setting.

3. Decorate by using a squeeze bottle, pastry bag, or simply by spreading on to the cookies. For detailed decorations, add more powdered sugar until it reaches a consistency thick enough to pipe with a pastry tip.

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