Pumpkin Spice Cookies – Mummy Halloween Cookies without Food Coloring
Pumpkin Spice Mummy Cookies with Real Pumpkin and no Artificial Food Dyes
I LOVE making cute, fun holiday foods, but we are pretty strict about avoiding artificial food dyes. I knew I wanted to make mummy cookies, but I wasn’t sure how I’d get a great, spooky Halloween color, without food coloring, unless I added a lot of cocoa powder. But I didn’t want a chocolate cookie, nor did I want a brown mummy.
So, I thought to myself, “what’s black and natural?” …
Before you get worried that there’s a yucky flavor from the charcoal, there wasn’t any! We couldn’t taste it at all.
I have charcoal in capsules, but you can also find it as a loose powder, in a jar. Yucky things bind to charcoal, to help flush them from your body. It is commonly used in the ER to treat certain types of poisoning. It helps prevent the poison from being absorbed from the stomach into the body. It can also be used to whiten teeth!
More on how to use charcoal HERE.
Since I didn’t know if there would be any flavor from the charcoal, I decided to make pumpkin spice cookies, using real pumpkin, and some pumpkin pie seasoning. I’m so glad I did… these cookies are DELICIOUS!
Use your favorite cut out cookie recipe. If you want to make it easy on yourself and get a mix, I love Betty Crocker’s Sugar Cookie, Cookie Mix, that makes soft cookies that can either be drop cookies, or cut out cookies. This mix doesn not contain preservatives, artificial colors or flavors… SCORE!
The Betty Crocker pouches make 3 dozen 2 inch cookies. Ginger bread men can be pretty big cookies, and I needed to have plenty to share, so I used two pouches. Depending on how many cookies your recipe makes, you may want to double your recipe, or use half of the pumpkin, spices, and charcoal that I used.
For my double batch of cookies, I mixed in 1/2 can of pumpkin, 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice, and 5 capsules of charcoal. Next time I do these cookies, I will add more charcoal to make them more black, but I was being conservative for the first attempt. 5 capsules equals about 1 tsp. Next time I think I’ll double the amount of charcoal I use.
For 1/2 can of pumpkin, I added 4 TBS of all purpose flour, to help counteract some of the moisture from the pumpkin, so the dough would work with a cookie cutter. If you want to do this as a drop cookie, just add 2 TBS of flour.
In addition to mummies, I also made “monster blob heads”, in order to use up the excess dough after I cut as many mummies as I could. If you don’t have a “ginger bread man” cookie cutter, these would be an awesome, festive, halloweeny substitute.
Mix your cookie batter according to the instructions, with the pumpkin, pie spice, and flour added. Then chill the dough. I separated mine into 3 sections, each wrapped in plastic, then put them in the freezer for 20 minutes.
Flour your working surface, roll out your dough, and cut with any “ginger bread man” cookie cutter. I have a Zombie cookie cutter than my sister sent for my birthday, so that’s what I used.
Bake your cut out cookies, allow to cool, then apply candy eyeballs with a dab of frosting. Wilton makes them, and they can usually be found in the cake mix aisle of the grocery store, or at any Michael’s or AC Moore art supply store. Walmart usually carries them with their Halloween decorations, during the Halloween season, while supplies last. The eyes will contain artificial food dyes, but it’s such a small portion of the overall cookie, I decided not to stress over it.
Now for the FUN part!
If you have tips for a frosting bag, use a flat tip to make it the icing look like fabric ribbons on your cookies. Otherwise, scoop some frosting into a plastic bag (I used a zipper freezer bag, and sealed it tight.) I snipped the tiniest hole possible in one bottom corner of the bag, then squeezed out frosting as I moved my hand back and forth across the cookies.
I used cream cheese frosting, because it goes so well with pumpkin spice, but vanilla would work well too. I’m so pleased with them! They’re so cute, and super yummy too
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