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zombie brain sugar cookies

Zombie Cookies

Looking for a gross but tasty Halloween cookie? These Zombie brain cookies are gross and tasty! Made with no spread sugar cookie dough and homemade royal icing these halloween cookies are perfectly gross!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword halloween sugar cookies, Zombie cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
frosting time 30 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 187kcal
Author Lauren


  • Rolling pin
  • Rolling pin bands
  • Parchment paper or Silpat mat
  • Sheet pan
  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Scriber needle or toothpick
  • Piping tips
  • Couplers


Zombie Brain Cookies Ingredients

  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Royal icing
  • 30 Pecans or walnuts
  • 2-3 drops Red food gel coloring
  • Pastry bags or squeeze bottles

Sugar Cookies Ingredients

Royal Icing Ingredients

  • 1 pound confectioners sugar Powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 6 tablespoons water You will need more after making the frosting as you decorate
  • 1 teaspoon clear flavor extract Optional, if you are choosing to flavor your icing
  • pinch salt
  • Red Gel Food Coloring.


How to Make Sugar Cookies

  • In a large bowl or with your stand mixer cream the granulated sugar and butter until it is fluffy. If using the stand mixer it will take about 5 minutes.
  • Once the sugar and butter is creamed together, add in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a medium sized bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt. Use a whisk to mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the sugar, butter, egg and vanilla extract mixture. Mix everything until well incorporated.
  • Put half of the freshly made dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll it out to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Put the rolled dough including the parchment paper, on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes or longer.
  • Your dough will be chilled and ready to cut and bake.
  • Repeat with scraps after cutting cookies.
  • Bake at 325° F for 10 -15 minutes. Let cool.
  • While the cookies are cooling make your Royal Icing.

How to Make Royal Icing

  • Combine the sugar and meringue powder in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until well combined.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoons of the water.
  • Next, add a clear extract to make your frosting take on different flavors if you want to.
  • If the mixture is still crumbly add the rest of the water.
  • Mix on medium-low speed for 5 minutes.

How to Make Zombie Brain Cookies

  • Using 1/4 cup of royal icing, fill a piping bag with royal icing and pipe the outline of the circle with a number #4 round tip. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
  • While the outline is drying, thin out the icing to be about a 6 second second icing by adding water to the frosting in the mixer 1 teaspoon at a time until you reach 6 second icing.
  • Put 1/2 cup of the royal icing in to a piping bag and fill the circle (also known as flooding) with the 6 second icing. Allow the filling to dry for about 10 minutes.
  • Thin down the icing to about 3 second icing and color it with 2-3 drops of red food coloring.
  • Dip your nuts into the icing and let them drip off a little before placing them in the center of the cookie.
  • Using a spoon, splatter the red icing over the cookies to look like blood drops, let dry.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg