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Blood Spatter Cookies

These cookies remind you of Dexter, don’t they? Dexter was one of the best shows of all time, but also one of the absolute worst (THAT ENDING. AMIRIGHT?! I AM STILL ALL-CAPS ANGRY ABOUT IT.) Dexter, for those of you who don’t know, was a blood spatter expert who worked for the Miami police department. His hobbies included cooking breakfast foods, sulking around like a moody teenager, and oh yeah, rockin’ it as a serial killer. No biggie. You’re intrigued, aren’t you? Netflix the show. The first four seasons are amazing. But it goes quickly downhill from there. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Anyway, what better way to celebrate Halloween than with some ooey, gooey blood spatter cookies?! These were so easy to make and really fun — cause you get to be suuuuuper messy!

If you are a new to decorating with royal icing, here are some helpful tips and links:

Here are the specifics on how I made these cookies:

Omi’s Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Beat butter and sugar. Add eggs, sour cream, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients gradually. Chill the batter overnight or for at least 4 hours. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350F until golden (in true fashion, my grandma didn’t give a specific baking time. I baked the cookies for about 8 minutes).

White Royal Icing
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tablespoons meringue powder
5 Tablespoons water

Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the sheen has disappeared and the icing has a matte appearance (about 7-10 minutes).  Transfer the contents of the mixing bowl to an air-tight container. This will be the stiffest consistency of the icing, and at this point it is still too stiff to use for decorating. Add water a very small amount at a time and stir by hand until fully incorporated. Continue until the icing has reached a consistency appropriate for piping. Depending on how large your cookies are, you may need to make more than one batch of this icing.