I love a sugar-cookie, as they’re easy to make, roll out forgivingly and keep their form very precisely as they bake. This makes them perfect for shaped cutters, and these here are creepy only for the shapes in question. A mixed set of Halloween cutters normally includes ghosts, witches, pumpkins and possibly bats, though you don’t need to buy a set especially; instead, cut out cookies with a round cutter and apply white royal icing (I buy instant) and use a tube of black decorating icing, such as Wilton’s, to draw on a spooky spider’s web. Similarly, if you go down the Halloween cutter route but don’t have time (or the food colouring pastes) to make the witch’s hat black, the pumpkin orange and so forth, simply coat all cookies with white icing again, and just scatter over some seasonal sprinkles.
Instant Royal Icing can be tricky to find in the US, in which case you can make your own Royal Icing by mixing 2½ cups confectioners' sugar with 2 tablespoons of meringue powder. Add 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons of warm water and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until the icing has thickened and forms soft peaks.
Recipe posted by Nigella