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Biscotti dei Fantasmi -- Ghost Cookies Recipe

Cast a spell on your little goblins with these bewitching cookies.

When I lived in Italy 20 years ago, Halloween wasn't celebrated by Italian children. Since then, the Italians have embraced a more American tradition in All Hallows Eve. Take out your cauldron and make a batch of these ginger flavored biscotti.

Biscotti dei Fantasmi
Ghost Cookies



  1. In a bowl, mix the sugar and the butter.
  2. Add the molasses and mix well.
  3. Add the flour, ginger, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Mix and form into a ball.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  6. On your work surface spread some flour.
  7. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness.
  8. Cut biscotti into ghosts with a cookie cutter.
  9. Place them on greased cookie sheet.
  10. Bake at 475F for 6 - 8 minutes, or until they are light brown.
  11. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before decorating.



  1. Mix half the sugar, vanilla, salt, 2 Tbs milk, and stir well.
  2. Add the remaining sugar and stir until mixed well.
  3. Add the remaining milk and mix well.
  4. Coat the ghosts in several layers.
  5. After the last layer of glaze, add chocolate chips for the eyes.

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Wilton Ghost Cake/Cookie Cutter Stencil Set
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