We posted a Gluten-Free Macroon Brains Halloween cookie recipe a few days ago and you loved it so we wanted to bring you another choice for gluten free Halloween cookies. This one is a little bit more labor intensive but it gives you a chance to show off your skills!
Catrinas are made all over Mexico and were originally inspired at the turn of the last century by the famous “La Calavera Catrina,” an etching of a skeleton decked out in elegant women’s clothing. The artwork was created by the celebrated Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada and stands to this day as the most widely recognized symbol of the Mexican Day of the Dead.
- 1/2 cup raw coconut oil or butter, softened
- 3/4 cup raw sugar (coconut or demerara sugar), pulverized
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups quinoa flour (plus extra flour for rolling the dough)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
- 3/4 cup finely ground pecans (pecan meal)
- Catrina Template and a gingerbread lady cookie cutter
- Preheat the oven to 350F (180C)
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla until the mixture is a creamy consistency.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and ground pecans.
- Add the dry mixture to the oil mixture and beat well.
- Transfer the mixture to a board, and knead it just enough to make it a dough.
- Sprinkle some flour on the counter, and roll the dough to ¼-inch thickness.
- For the Catrinas, follow the template provided or find a gingerbread lady cookie cutter of a similar size.
- Place the cookies on the lined baking tray and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let the cookies cool completely before icing and decorating.
- For the Catrinas, divide 1 batch of Royal Icing, and color it white, red, green, yellow, and black. You decide how much of each color you want to have.
- You have a couple of options for decorating this cookie. The first involves using the Catrina stencil and the writing pen.
- Start by drawing the outline of the Catrina with her skirt, hat, bones, and head straight onto the cookie.
- Pick a color for the Royal Icing (red, green, or yellow) and use that color icing in a piping bag with a #3 tip to outline the skirt and hat. Once the icing sets, fill in the skirt and hat with the same color. Let the icing set.
- Using white icing in the piping bag with a #3 tip, outline the skull, vertebrae, ribs, bone arms, and fingers. Fill the eyes, nose, and mouth with the black icing, using a #2 tip.
- Finish with design details on the skirt, hat, and earrings using another color or colors and the #2 tip.
- The second option requires an even steadier hand and the ability to draw on the cookie with the icing.
- The process is the same, except that after outlining the skirt with the colored icing, you use the black icing to outline the torso and head. Let these set, and then fill in the torso and head with black icing. Fill in the skirt using the other colors.
- Once the black icing is dry, draw the hat and fill it in. Then fill in the skull and bones with white icing over the black background.
- Using different colors, add the design details (as above) on the skirt, hat, and earrings.
- 1 large egg white (see note)
- 1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Using an electric mixer, beat the egg white for a few seconds before adding the sugar and half of the lemon juice. The icing’s consistency should be smooth and heavy cream-like. Add the remaining lemon juice (and more if you feel it’s needed) one drop at a time. You may also add more sugar to suit your liking.
- Just a few drops of liquid, more or less, will alter the icing’s consistency.
- We recommend a thicker icing for outlining the cookie, and thinner icing for filling out the inside.
- If you have concerns about eating raw egg, then you should use pasteurized egg white for this icing, as it isn’t cooked.
You can find this and other great Gluten Free recipes in the SPOOKtacular Gluten-Free Halloween Desserts Cookbook. Written by a brother-sister duo, SPOOKtacular is a full of gluten-free and dairy-free recipes perfect for scaring up some Halloween fun!
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