Brain Cookies With Blood Glaze

Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 12 mins

A great halloween cookie

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Into a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Alternating with the eggs, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after the each addition.
  6. Fold in the nuts, vanilla, and red and blue food coloring, being careful not to overmix the dough.
  7. Place the dough in batches in a potato grinder and push the dough out onto the prepared baking sheets in long tubes of dough.
  8. With your fingers, loosely pat and arrange the dough strands into clumps resembling brains, pushing to form 2 hemispheres and shaping into a walnut-like shape.
  9. Bake until golden brown on the bottom, 12 to 14 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  11. To make the blood glaze: in a small bowl, combine the icing sugar with the food coloring to make a thick glaze, whisking together.
  12. Drizzle the "blood" onto the cookies and serve either warm or at room temperature.
Most Helpful

Everyone thought these looked fantastic! I used a spaetzle maker to squeeze the dough out. I used my cookie scoop to place the dough into it and then squeezed each cookie out individually so that they were all the same size. I formed each group of stands into a loose brain shape and then used a plastic knife to separate the two hemispheres of the brain. The cookies seemed a bit dry but I think I might have overcooked them, plus I like my cookies on the softer side. They were a bit time-consuming but the end product was worth it.

domesticgothess February 03, 2013

This is a wonderful cookie. I first found this recipe by Emeril Legasse. My daughter was doing a project on Albert Einstein and these cookies were the perfect thing to go along with them. They are a marvelous grey color and hold their shape quite well. I used my cookie press with a plate with large holes in it, then shaped it into a walnut shape. I took a knife and made an indentation down the middle before cooking the cookies. It held up fairly well, but I did use the knife after they came out of the oven to go over the cut again. I opted not to use the ''blood' gel because I wanted mine to look less Halloweenish. I highly recommend making these. They were easy to make and looked just like brains! Thanks for sharing.

Julie F March 28, 2011