Kirstie Allsopp's skeleton biscuits recipe

(4 ratings)

  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories140 Kcal7%
Sugar12.3 g14%
Fat6.6 g9%
Saturated Fat2.1 g11%
Salt0.16 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein1.9 g4%
Carbohydrates18.5 g7%
Salt0.16 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Complete your Halloween party spread with these skeleton biscuits baked in just 10 minutes.

The kids are going to love making these Halloween cookies by celeb presenter, Kirstie Allsopp. While there might be a few ingredients needed to make up these biscuits, they're actually really easy to make and ready in just 25 minutes. We've used cocoa powder to create a chocolatey biscuit and filling as it's the ultimate sweet ingredient. You could also swap this out for flour and a dash of food colouring to make biscuits in a whole range of colours.


For the biscuit:

  • 150g butter
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 175g (6oz) condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 150g plain flour
  • 115g (4oz) self raising flour
  • 30g (1oz) cocoa powder

For the filling:

  • 115g (4oz) icing sugar
  • 85g (3oz) butter
  • 11Ž2tbsp cocoa powder

You will also need

  • Biscuit cutters or card and scissors to make your own skeleton trace
  • Ready made white icing (optional)




  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar and condensed milk together until creamy. Add the egg (don’t worry if it looks like its curdling), beat well and then add the flours and cocoa powder. Cover in cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough out on a well-floured surface to the thickness of a pound coin. Cut shapes out – we made our own skeleton shape but you can make whatever shapes you like.
  4. Transfer the biscuit shapes to the trays and bake for about 10 minutes, depending on size. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Beat the filling ingredients and use to sandwich the biscuits together. Ice the tops of the biscuits, if you like, with white icing.

Top tips for making skeleton biscuits:

When it comes to biscuits, it's best to use your hands to mix the ingredients together. Hands work the dough less and make it easier to shape the dough into your preferred shape.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies