To create the infamous “wishing” apple that puts Snow White to sleep, Evil Queen dunks it in a green potion that briefly reveals a goblin face before turning the skin an irresistible shade of shiny red. Covered with sweet green frosting, instead of potion, these Halloween cookies are equally tempting. And you can rest assured they won’t send you off to the land of nod!
Poison Apple Cookies
- Batch of sugar cookie dough*
- Red food coloring
- Pair of disposable kitchen gloves (for kneading food coloring into the dough)
- Rolling pin
- Wax paper
- Baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Wire cooling rack
- Green cookie icing
- Thin pretzel sticks broken in half (you need one half for each apple)
- Kitchen knife or scissors
*For the best results, the sugar cookie dough should be on the stiff side. You might have to knead a little extra flour into store-bought doughs so the cookies will hold their shape well during baking.
Wearing plastic kitchen gloves, knead red food coloring into the cookie dough (this is a fun job for kids). Wrap the dough in plastic and keep it chilled until you’re ready to use it.
Print and cut out the template.
Heat the oven. Cover your work surface with flour-dusted wax paper, and roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness.
Use the template and a kitchen knife to cut out the cookies, and then bake them according to the recipe directions. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
Working with one cookie at a time, gently press the broken end of a pretzel stick half into the top of the apple. Then generously frost the upper half of the cookie with green icing, spreading it right over the base of the pretzel. Use the knife to create a wavy lower edge so the icing looks like it is dripping down over the apple.
For eyes, press whole raisins into the icing. Snip a third raisin in half and use one piece for a nose.