With Halloween just two days away, I thought I would share an idea for a creepy last-minute treat.  This weekend we were invited to a Halloween party and I volunteered to bring a few dessert items.  Of course at the time I had no idea what I would bring and I had about 24 hours until party time.  My mind was pondering various cookie ideas, and suddenly I remembered something I saw recently from the queen of decorated sugar cookies.  The splatter technique that Callye used to make her gorgeous autumn cookies could translate quite well to something a bit more gruesome.  And there was my solution.

These cookies are very easy, even for those who are less than confident in their decorating skills, since basically all you do is fling icing around.  When mine were finished, I sent a photo to a friend and she told me they looked like Dexter cookies.  I’d heard of the show but have never seen it myself.  Now that I know what it’s about, I think she’s right on with that assessment.  So, want to make some blood spatter/Dexter cookies?  They only require a few simple steps.

  • Bake sugar cookies in whatever shape you prefer.  (Or use chocolate cookies instead – I love both kinds!)
  • Edge and flood the cookies in plain white royal icing.  Let dry completely overnight.
  • Tint some of the leftover icing dark red.  Thin it to a consistency that splatters well.
  • Lay cookies on a work surface covered in wax paper, parchment or foil.
  • Splatter away using a clean paintbrush or the tines of a fork, until the cookies look as gross as you like.  Let dry.  Freak out your friends!
  • He he, these made me laugh, so simple but so effective!

  • Tracy

    Your Dexter assessment is completely true! Before I read your post, that was my first thought at well! Great, simple cookie for Halloween.

  • I watch Dexter and the TV show is what I first thought of when I saw the title of these cookies. :-) I have never used royal icing before, but this looks like a fun and easy way to get started. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  • Liz

    What a fantastic, simple idea! They look great! Happy Halloween :)

  • Alex

    Wow. Really disturbing. I might need to try it!

  • Liz N.

    These cookies would be the perfect excuse to host a Dexter season finale! I love these!

  • What a fun, creepy craft! Bonus: you get to eat up all of the evidence. Cute idea Annie!

  • That was my first thought – Dexter! Love it!

  • Woah. Dexter was totally my first thought with these! “Gruesome” is totally the right word. I’m assuming you’re using gel coloring? HOW did you get your red so RED? I made some cookies with royal icing last week and reached a point where I felt my red was going to get no redder…but it wouldn’t go any further than a deep hot pink. Did I give up too soon?

  • annieseats

    Well, two tips might help. First, don’t know what brand of gel you’re using but I’ve found Americolor gels to be WAY more potent than Wilton, so I use those now. However, I used to use Wilton before I discovered Americolor and I could still get a deep red. It just took more coloring. I think sometimes the colors deepen a minute or two after you add them, and sometimes not really until the icing is dry, so you may need to wait a bit to assess the color accurately. I hope that helps!

  • So cute! What a unique cookie!

  • That does help, thanks! And yes, I’m using Wilton. Maybe I’ll switch to the Americolor gels. Sounds like I may have just given up too soon on my red. My wrists WERE a little tired from all that stirring.

  • Caroline L.

    I thought of Dexter immediately as well! (I have never even watched the show haha…) Great work, once again :)

  • Just goes to show you can find inspiration anywhere. :) Brilliant idea and I bet they were a hit.

  • Ewww!! I love it!! What a great job you did on the cookies!

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    What an awesome (and gross!) idea – I LOVE IT

  • Suze

    OMG – I LOVE these cookies!!!! :-D I must make them!!!

  • Perfect for Halloween!

  • The second I saw these they instantly reminded me of Dexter! Definitely making them for when I watch the next episode.

  • Jenni Ward

    Brilliant! I love these cookies, they are great! :)

  • These cookies do look creepy. Great idea.

  • Super neat idea for Halloween!! Can’t wait to try them out!

  • sweetsugarbelle

    YOU READ MY MIND! These are RAD!

  • Kelly

    Oh my gosh, Annie – you are a genius! I saw Sugarbelle’s beautiful autumn cookies, but never in a million years would I have thought to translate her idea into something so perfectly gruesome! My family LOVES Dexter so I knew these cookies were a must on my to do list! I’m in the middle of making them now….the cookies are flooded and ready for spattering. I can’t wait to start flinging icing! Thanks for sharing your creativity! Happy Halloween!

  • annieseats

    I know, I feel a teeny bit wrong for taking her beautiful inspiration and turning it into this. Haha! Glad you guys are making them. Have a wonderful Halloween!

  • i was inspired by your cookies and one another recipe for this Red Velvet slaughter cake. I posted last night with a link to you blog. Thank you !

  • Heather

    Making these for a Twilight party this weekend! Thanks!!

  • andrea

    Those are PERFECT Dexter cookies! :)

  • Mklove

    It actually doesn’t look disgusting, it looks like a beautiful work of art, I love it. (:

  • Stacey

    What a great idea! I may make them for the Jeff Lindsay (Dexter) booksigning Thursday at my work.

  • Rosanna

    I had a blast making these! My friend and I set up a cooking crime scene afterwords: http://www.flavorfuljourneys.com/blood-splattered-cookies/

  • Rosanna

    These were so much fun to make! Afterwards, my friend and I made a cookie crime scene: http://www.flavorfuljourneys.com/blood-splattered-cookies/ Thanks for the inspiration!

  • annieseats

    Awesome, I love it!

  • These look amazing!


  • Erika

    Any tips on making sure the icing comes out dark red? Every time I use red food coloring, it seems to come out more dark pink, no matter how much I add. Any particular type of food coloring you suggest?

  • annieseats

    Not that I can think of. What brand of coloring are you using? I have the best luck with Americolor gels.

  • Alicia Fox

    add a drop of blue or green to the red

  • TotallyCtny

    I made these last night and they turned out great! Wilton gel food coloring worked for me. I used Santa Red with a tiny bit of Brown mixed in and it was exactly the shade of blood red I wanted.

  • pandazzz

    I’ve done something similar to this using oreo balls dipped in white chocolate. They were a hit!