Although these cookies are shaped as bats, there’s nothing scary about what’s inside! We’ve ditched the artificial colours, flavourings and bucket-loads of sugar that usually come with halloween treats for good, wholesome ingredients.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serves: 16
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Australian
Dietary Requirements: Gluten Free, Pregnancy-Safe, Vegetarian
Author: Meg Yonson


  • 1 cup gluten-free flour plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated stevia
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 75 g cold unsalted butter diced
  • 1/4 cup milk

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  • 2 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract optional


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Add the flour, stevia and raw cacao powder to a large mixing bowl. Toss to combine. Add in the cold butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add in the milk and combine with the flour until you form a dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Roll dough out between two sheets of baking paper until about 5mm thick.
  • Using a bat cookie cutter, cut as many bats as you can. Place onto prepared baking tray. Roll up the remaining dough and roll out between baking sheets again and repeat the process until you have about 16 bite-sized chocolate bats.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, until edges are crisp. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • In the meantime, prepare the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting by adding all ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisking until thoroughly combined and fluffy.
  • Spread around 1 teaspoon of Chocolate Buttercream Frosting over each cookie and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Not-So-Bat-For-You Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 5mg0%
Potassium 42mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 167IU3%
Vitamin B3 1mg5%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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