Some moms from my church and I do a little preschool co-op. Each week, we rotate homes, hosting this sweet set of toddlers for a little learning and lots of play. This last week was my turn and we had a Halloween party. There was more treat eating and crafting fun than you could stand in a morning!
We made some marshmallow ghosts:
Turned rocks into jack-o-lanterns:
Decorate pumpkin shaped cookies (and ate them, of course!):
There were candy corns to count and Halloween stories to read. At the end, everyone got to take one of these yummy, spooky, guys home:
Gingerbread Skeleton Men
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter (at room temp.)
1 egg (beaten)
Cream butter and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Beat well. Gradually add the dry ingredients until dough is thoroughly combined and comes together in a ball. Divide the dough in half. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for several hours or over night.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out one ball of dough at a time on a lightly floured surface to 1/4" thick. Cut out gingerbread men shapes with a cookie cutter. Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet, spaced 1" apart. Bake for 10 minutes. Rest for 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack. Once cookies are cooled, decorate with Royal Icing.
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Beat egg white and lemon juice until well combined. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth and combined. Use a piping bag or pour into a ziplock baggy. Seal baggy and cut a very small hole in one corner. Pipe bones onto cookie. *Tip* Use Royal Icing immediately because it hardens quickly. Let Royal Icing set for an hour before storing. Enjoy!