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Jigsaw skeleton biscuits

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This Halloween biscuit recipe is guaranteed to be a hit with the young and the young at heart. The ultimate spooky recipe, this is definitely one to add to the list.

  • Serves20
  • Cook time15 minutes
  • Prep time1 hour 30 minutes, + cooling, setting & 30 mins chilling time
Jigsaw skeleton biscuits


  • 250g butter, softened
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 2 Coles Australian Free Range Eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups (400g) plain flour
  • 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder
  • Blue gel food colouring, to tint
  • Ready-to-roll white icing, to decorate
  • Cornflour, to dust
  • Ready-to-roll black icing, to decorate
  • Black writing icing, to decorate
  • Red food colouring, to decorate

Royal icing

  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg white*
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups (240g) pure icing sugar

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  1. Step 1

    Use an electric mixer to beat butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl until just combined. Add the flour and cocoa powder. Beat until mixture just comes together. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until smooth. Divide into 2 portions and shape each portion into a disc. Cover and place in fridge for 30 mins to rest.
  2. Step 2

    Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until 3mm thick. Use a small sharp knife to cut out shapes to make a skeleton (draw skeleton shapes, including a skull, eyes, arms, legs and a body, on baking paper and cut out to use as a guide). Place on the lined trays and bake for 10-12 mins or until just firm. Cool on the trays.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, to make the royal icing, whisk the egg white and lemon juice in a large bowl. Gradually add the icing sugar, stirring after each addition, until smooth, adding more icing sugar if necessary to make a thick paste.
  4. Step 4

    Pipe or spread royal icing over the biscuits. Set aside to set.
  5. Step 5

    Use food colouring to tint a little white icing blue, kneading on a surface lightly dusted with cornflour until well combined. Roll out the blue icing to a 3mm-thick disc. Use a small sharp knife to cut out 2 medium discs. Knead a little black icing on a lightly greased surface until smooth. Roll out to a 3mm-thick disc. Cut out 2 small discs.
  6. Step 6

    Arrange biscuits on a serving platter to make a skeleton. Arrange blue and black icing discs over the eye biscuits. Use black writing icing to make a mouth. Decorate with red food colouring.