Pirate's Skull Cookies

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Destined to sail the seas as undead marauders, the pirates of the Caribbean could no longer experience the simplest pleasures afforded humans. Even the sweet flavor of Halloween treats -- such as these wide-eyed, toothy skulls -- became a treasured memory. Luckily young mortal masqueraders can more than fathom how good they taste.


You'll need:

  • Small Tootsie Roll Candies
  • Waxed paper
  • Sugar cookie dough (homemade or store bought)
  • Kitchen knife
  • Spatula
  • Baking sheet
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Cooling rack

Instructions:

  1. Slice the Tootsie Rolls into 1/8-inch thick circles to use for the skeleton cookie eyes. With clean hands, flatten and shape the circles so that they are slightly rectangular. Then set them aside on a piece of waxed paper.

  2. For each skull, cut a 2-inch circle head and a 3/4 inch square jaw from the cookie dough. Place the jaw up against the bottom of the circle head and gently push the two pieces together until they stick. Lightly press 4 or 5 chocolate sprinkle "skeleton teeth" atop the jaw portion of the cookie. Then use a spatula to transfer the cookie to a baking sheet.

  3. When the baking sheet is full, bake the cookies according to the recipe directions. (Note: If the dough has softened much, place the sheet in the refrigerator for a few minutes to stiffen it up again before baking so they'll hold their shapes.)

  4. Remove the baked cookies from the oven and let them cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. While the cookies are still warm, top them with the Tootsie Roll eyes (the candy will stick to them as they cool).

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