I know black cookies sound a little gross but I promise they taste just as good. They are just chocolate sugar cookies with 2 tbs black food coloring that you can get at any baking specialty store. I got my food coloring at New York Cake & baking Distributors at 56 W. 22nd St., just east of Sixth Avenue.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies:
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon backing powder
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp black food coloring
2 large egg whites
2 tsp water
3 cups confectioners sugar
For Chocolate Sugar Cookies:
In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
In the bowl of your electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and food coloring and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture one cup at a time and beat after each addition until you have a smooth dough.
Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Remove one half of the chilled dough from the refrigerator and, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch. Cut out desired spooky shapes.
Bake cookies for about 10 – 12 minutes or until they are firm around the edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Frost with royal icing when cookies are completely cool.