Halloween Animal Crackers


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 small orange, zested
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp melted unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil spray, as needed
  • Halloween cookie cutters
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 lemons, deseeded and juiced
  • Food coloring
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the granulated sugar with the egg until lightly pale and thickened, about 5-7 Minutes.
  • While the egg and sugar are beating, thoroughly combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange zest in a separate bowl.
  • Add the buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla to the mixer with the sugar and egg. Stir to combine.
  • Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the mixer, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Mix on low speed until a dough forms. Form the dough into a disk and cover in plastic wrap. Refrigerate dough for 30 Minutes, or until firm.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and out the dough ½ inch thick. Cut the cookies into Halloween shapes with various cutters. Re-roll dough scraps and continue cutting cookies until all the dough is used.
  • Lightly spray the Duo Crisp air fryer basket with vegetable spray. Place the cut cookies in the basket, careful to not overlap.
  • Bake the cookies on the Air Fry function for 4-6 Minutes at 375F, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool. Repeat as necessary until all cookies are baked.
  • When the cookies are cooled, prepare the royal icing. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, egg whites, and lemon juice until thick and glossy. Add individual tablespoons of cold water or additional powdered sugar until the desired spreadable consistency is reached.
  • Pour icing into several smaller bowls. Add different Halloween colors to your desire (i.e., black, orange, purple, etc.). Make sure to cover any icing that is not being used to prevent it from drying out.
  • Decorate Halloween cookies and set aside to dry until the icing is firm, about 2-3 Hours.
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