Hi friends! After having fun decorating Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes with the grandkids last week, I thought I’d try Zombie Cookies.
Whew! A whole lot of learning happened while making these Zombie cookies. Those fruit roll-ups were almost the death of me. On the positive side, I learned a LOT!
The process itself is fairly straightforward. The cookies are dipped in candy melts, wrapped in fruit roll up strips, then decorated with candy eyes and some piping gel. Sounds easy enough doesn’t it? I blame Pinterest. Everything looks easy, but sometimes, not so much! I couldn’t get the fruit roll ups to stick to the cookies. They kept slipping off. There must be a trick to it, but I couldn’t figure it out. I ended up tacking them down with a bit of extra candy melts. It worked, but it wasn’t pretty.
This guy looks like I feel. I would do this again when the grandkids are older. It was too hard for them to help decorate but they did giggle at the bloodshot eyes, so, I guess it’s a win!
Nutter Butter Zombie Cookies
A fun way to decorate Nutter Butter Cookies for Halloween!
- 12 Nutter Butter Cookies
- 12 oz bag Dark Green Wilton Candy Melts
- 12 oz bag Black Wilton Candy Melts
- 2 Strawberry or Cherry flavored Fruit Rollups
- Red and Black piping gel
- 24 Candy eyeballs
Line a large baking sheet or workspace with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium, microwave safe bowl, place 6 oz green candy melts with 8 individual black candy melt discs. Melt on 50% power for 1 minute, then stir. Return to microwave for 30 second intervals until candy is completely melted and smooth. Add more black discs if you'd like the color to be darker.
Using a fork, carefully dip cookies into the candy melts and with a small spatula cover the entire cookie on all sides. Tap the fork lightly against the side of the bowl to get rid of excess coating before placing the cookie on parchment paper to set. Repeat with remaining cookies.
If you are working in a cold kitchen, or this process takes too long, the candy melts will begin to harden. If this happens, simply return the bowl to the microwave for 30 seconds or more to warm them up again.
Once the cookies are cooled, remove the fruit roll ups from their outer wrapper. Using a sharp pair of kitchen scissors, cut the fruit roll ups into thin strips. Carefully peel off the plastic backing from the fruit roll up and wrap the cookie around the top and bottom. This will take several strips for each cookie. If you have trouble getting the fruit roll up to stick, use a bit of extra candy melts on the backside of the cookie to keep them in place.
Use red piping gel to create a bloodshot look on the whites of the candy eyeballs. Use the same gel to adhere the candy eye balls to your zombies between the layers of fruit roll ups.
Take the black piping gel and create mouths or empty eye sockets for your Zombie faces.
Allow cookies to harden completely before serving.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days.
Recipe inspired by: http://partypinching.com/nutter-butter-zombie-cookies/
I always say “Life isn’t perfect, but it should always be delicious!” These cookies are FAR from perfect, but they were delicious! I’m inspired to keep trying different characters. Pinterest certainly has a lot of good ones. I just won’t try wrapped ones next time!