Time to kick off the Halloween season! My daughters and I love it when I pull out all the holiday décor; the house just seems so festive and cozy. One of our favorite holiday activities is cookie baking. I decided to surprise my daughters with polymer clay Halloween cookies for our dolls. These cute cookies turned out way better than our real ones do…LOL…don’t get me wrong, our cookies are always yummy but are usually coated in frosting and piled high with sprinkles. We usually end up pretty slap happy by the time we are done!
I found adorable Halloween clay cutters from Makin’s, http://makins-usa.com/ These are the perfect size for an American Girl doll. They run in size from .75-1.25 inch. The particular set I used had 12 cutters. This set not only has cute cutters for Halloween, but you could use the leaf, turkey, and pumpkin cutters for Thanksgiving too.
I picked out the cutters of choice. Honestly, all the cutters were cute, but I picked the four that would fit in the cookie tin below. I rolled out my tan polymer clay with my rolling machine on the widest setting; on my machine this is #1.
Now to have fun decorating! I found perfect inspiration with a few internet searches. Below are the real bat cookies I used for inspiration.
I wanted the frosting on these cookies to look smooth as if they were really frosted with the “flooding” technique. I simply rolled out black polymer clay on a very thin setting; on my rolling machine I used setting #8. I cut out the bat image with same cutter and laid on top of the tan clay. Clay will adhere together when baking.
I wanted the bat’s eyes to look like Red Hots candies. To get the red balls of clay the same size I used a clay extruder and cut even pieces and hand rolled. These balls were gently flattened onto the black polymer clay.
I used a flat edged clay tool and left small light depressions over the wing areas for extra detail.
Below is a picture of my real witch hat cookie inspiration. These adorable cookies are from Sugared Hearts Bakery which I follow on Instagram @sugaredhearts.
I did the same steps with the witch hats as I did the bats; purple polymer clay was rolled out on #8 and cut and laid over tan hat cutout. I then rolled out another set of hats in black on #8 and using an xActo knife cut out the hat bands and laid on top of the purple clay. Below is what the hats looked like prior to going in the oven.
When the witch hats had 3 minutes left to bake I removed them from oven. I used a small paint brushed and brushed on Fimo Liquid Gel over the band and then sprinkled with Tulip fabric glitter. This glitter is very fine and really does remind me of real baking glitter. I then gave a quick overall sprinkle to the rest of the hats and put them back in the oven for the remaining three minutes.
***Tip***some clays darken upon baking. I usually go with a shade lighter when designing a clay project.
***Tip***make sure to thoroughly clean your clay roller in between clay color changes. I use baby wipes.
Below are the real pumpkin cookies I used for inspiration!
Same technique. Orange clay rolled on #8 and cut out and laid on top of tan cut out. I used a clay extruder and extruded very thin strings of green polymer clay and gently wrapped and curled for the pumpkin stem.
Below are the real ghost cookies I used for inspiration!
Same technique as above. White clay rolled on #8 and cut out and laid over tan clay cutout. After baked and cooled, I used a black fin tip Sharpie and added eyes and a mouth.
ALL cookies were baked at 275° for 13 minutes.
Of course we have to make an adorable cookie tin to go with these cute cookies!
These tins were found at the Dollar Tree. Each is about 3 inches in diameter and an inch in height. The Dollar Tree also has smaller tins available. All are perfectly sized for doll treats.
I created a cute Halloween cookie tin label for you. Simply print out and glue to your tin. Or you can print onto sticker paper.
Your FREE Halloween Cookie Tin Label is here: Halloween Cookie Tin
I cut out a circle of white card stock paper and lined the bottom of the tin. The clay cookies were then arranged in single layers in the tin with wax paper separating layers.
These cookies definitely added a cute touch to the Halloween festivities in the dollhouse!
Our doll is wearing an adorable dress from Etsy shop, Dresses for Dolls, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Dressesfordolls . You will be seeing more of these adorable dresses during our holiday posts!
Craft on for a Happy Dolloween!