Halloween Ghost Meringue Cookies — a simple almond-scented meringue piped in the shape of ghosts solves your Halloween party dessert needs. Make them spooky or horror — your choice.
Surely you’ve picked your costume for Halloween, right? I have a little scary spider hat that I like to wear. It’s more of a fascinator than a hat, but it gets the job done — to creep out anyone who is at the door when I answer it.
Even more than my freaky fascinator, though, I’m known for my ghoulish sweets and Halloween foods. I’ve scared many a classroom party with these…
- Witches’ Digits  
- Monster Marshmallows 
- Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips 
- Maggots on Meat 
- Deviled Spider Eggs 
- Gory Green Monster Eyeball Dip 
- Cheesy Egg Mummy 
- Green Alien Guts 
Not to rest on our past laurels, though, we’re back today with the easiest, sweetiest (yes, that can be a word), lightest little Halloween treats ever to hit your party table.
These are going to look so cute scaring the rest of the dessert goodies away.
How to make Halloween Ghost Meringue Cookies
They’re so easy to make. Gather your ingredients (chase away any spiders!), whip some egg whites to oblivion and sweeten with sugar and some almond extract.
Fill a pastry bag with the meringue mixture and pipe it out into the shape of ghost bodies. If you don’t have a pastry bag, that’s OK, just spoon the meringue into a zipper-top bag and snip a corner off to create your own makeshift pastry bag. Two things: (1) I didn’t put a piping tip on the bag because I liked the way it came right out of the coupler; and (2) don’t mind my stained piping bag. It’s perfectly clean, just discolored from use. “Use what you have” continues to be my motto!
First pipe all the bodies, so you get the hang of it, and then pipe the arms. For arms, you sort of pipe a bit out and then lift the bag away, which creates the arm effect. Don’t worry if an arm sags down…that might make it look more real!
Before baking, the meringue is glossy and white, like above. You will bake them low and slow, and the meringue will lose the gloss but remain white. If you bake them at a higher temp, you risk them browning, which kind of ruins the ghost effect, in my opinion.
The kids can even get in on the action with placing the eyes or faces, and the older ones can pipe the meringue. See examples below the recipe ⇓ for additional ways to decorate the cookies!
Whether they’re for your own family, for the neighborhood block party or your kid’s classroom, let’s make some Haunted Halloween Ghost Cookies, shall we?
For younger parties, you will want to keep them merely spooky, as above.
The kids can decide what kind of faces they want, with candy eyes, gel eyes or angry eyebrows.
But for older parties…
…you could indulge some people’s love of horror. This guy flopped over in the oven while baking, so I took advantage of that posture to give him a reason to be lying down…
Look how the second ghost appears to be looking on at the carnage, with his arms flung in the air helplessly.
As the kids get older, they may like to add a little blood (sugar decorating gel) at the wound site, for gore.
…and arrange their creations in a little gory tableau, for fright night.
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This post was first published Oct. 15, 2016 and has been updated for new publication.
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