Bloody Brain Biscuits Recipe
These cookies keep at room temperature for a month or so as long as they are in an airtight container. They are perfect to serve at a Halloween BOO-ffet with other scary desserts, and since there is cinnamon oil in the glaze, they actually taste good. The walnuts can be made ahead, so, even though these cookies are a bit time-consuming, they are definitely doable and well-worth it.
Makes about 100 Cookies
3 cups walnut halves, go through the bag and pick the perfect ones that resemble a brain
3/4 cup water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 dash salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon oil
Red Paste Food Coloring
1 cup softened butter
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
32 ounces powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 to 1 cup milk
- Brains: Line a baking sheet with Silpat or buttered parchment.
- In a large saucepan, mix the 3/4 cup water, 2 cups sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
- Stir, then cover and bring to a boil. Remove the cover and cook to the hard crack stage (300º-310º), stirring often.
- Stir in the walnut halves and separate them onto the silpat; let them sit until they harden. Save the remaining syrup in the saucepan.
- Cookies: Preheat oven to 350º. Line several baking sheets with parchment or silpat.
- Cream the butter, shortening, and sugars until light; beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Measure the flour, cream of tartar, salt, and baking soda into a fine strainer set over the butter mixture. Shake through and mix until well blended.
- Roll out to 1/4" thickness on a floured pastry cloth.
- Cut 2" rounds and place them on the baking sheets.
- Bake about 8 minutes or just until the edges start to brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to cooling racks.
- Frosting: Mix the powdered sugar, butter, and enough milk to make a smooth, spreadable consistency.
- Assembly: Frost each of the cookies and place a "brain" on top.
- Heat the cinnamon syrup over low heat, adding a little water if necessary so that it liquefies. Use a heatproof spatula to drizzle the syrup over the cookies to resemble blood spatter.
- When the frosting has set, store in an airtight container.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 169 Calories from Fat 70 Percent Total Calories From: Fat 41% Protein 3% Carb. 55%
Nutrient Amount per
Total Fat 8 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 12 mg
Sodium 71 mg
Total Carbohydrate 23 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 6 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 0% Iron 1%
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