We’re here to claim Halloween as the unofficial start of eating season. That hot girl summer is cooling off now and Pumpkin Spice Latte has been available since late August. Fall is here, and now that back to school is out of the way, the next stop on the calendar worth preparing for is Halloween. It’s really what we’ve been waiting for all year. Bring on all the starchy, carb-laden delicious foods of fall. As the temperatures drop, and the baggy sweaters come out, it’s only a matter of time before that beach bod softens into winter. Once you accept that, then it’s time to get set for eating season with a sweet and creepy Halloween treat.
Let’s bring back the spirit of Halloween by baking life into these spoopy little decorated zombie cookies. Then hand them out as party favors at a Zombie Halloween Party. Who wouldn’t love to take one home?
Decorated Zombie Cookie Ingredients and Tools
- Baked zombie sugar cookies
- Royal icing
- Piping bags, round piping tip, star piping tip
- Gel food coloring
- Edible marker
- Black, blue
- Scribe Tool OR Toothpick
- Food safe paintbrush
- Lemon extract
You’ll need to whip up a batch of dough and icing before going onto the steps below. See our recipe for sugar cookie dough and royal icing here.
Have your baked zombie sugar cookies ready to decorate! Make sure they are completely cooled down before adding any icing.
Mix royal icing with green gel food coloring. We don’t want the icing to slip off the cookie, so make sure the icing consistency is slightly harder than flood consistency but still able to smooth out. Using a small round piping tip, pipe on the zombie’s head.
With the same green icing, add the legs and arms. Make jagged lines at the top of each leg and arm – we’ll need that space for the ripped clothing! Also, with the same green, place a thin layer of icing onto random spots. That will also be used to create the illusion of ripped clothing. Use the scribe tool (or toothpick) to drag out and make the jagged lines more defined.
Mix red, blue, and brown icing. Mix the icing to a flood consistency. Now, pipe the shirts on and around any of the green random splotches we added in the previous step. At the bottom of each shirt, make a jagged line for the effect of a ripped and old shirt.
Using black gel coloring, add a little to the royal icing mix. Using a little of the black gel food coloring will give you a grey color instead of full-on black. You will need to mix this icing into a flood consistency again. Using a small round tip, pipe the pants on to the zombies. Using the scribe, drag the icing into places that might be too small for your tip to reach. This way, you’ll get more precise lines.
Now it’s time to add the scary faces! Using the same icing that was previously used for the pants, pipe on dots for the eyes and any type of mouth shape. Leave some space at the top since we will be adding some hair in a later step.
Using the edible black marker, we’ll add some stitches to the zombie’s heads. Draw a line and then add more lines across of it to create a stitch. Try not to go up too high on the head since the hair will cover it.
Zombies can still have luscious locks! Using the royal icing, mix any hair color you want. No need to change the consistency since we want the icing to hold its shape. Using a small star tip, pipe on the hair.
Now we’ll add some more details to the zombies. Using blue edible marker, mark arm lines onto the blue shirt zombie to define the arm. Using the black edible marker, add some details to the zombie pants such as pockets. Don’t forget to add eyes. Make one pupil larger than the other to get a crazed zombie look!
Finally, in a small bowl add lemon extract and a brown or copper gel food coloring. Use the paintbrush and apply to different parts of the zombies. This will make them look like they’ve been out and about looking for brains and getting dirty!
Let your friends and family crunch into your creepy creations during spooky season or hand them out as favors during a Zombie Halloween Party.
See our zombie party survival guide here for tips on invitations, decorations, foods, activities and favors you’ll by dying to know.