Project Description

Psycho is one of those movies that I don’t really enjoy watching…

I admire it as a groundbreaking film that changed the horror industry in incredible ways. It was the first film that showed a flushing toilet, for goodness sake! Serious progress there.

All joking aside, it is an important part of horror history. It is just not my first choice when I want to watch something scary.

What do you think? Psycho – yay or nay?

To honor the one and only “shower scene”:

I made drain cookies…with blood…sorry…not really…

Purists will recognize that these drains don’t look exactly like the ones in the movie, but the spirit of the scene is there!

Psycho Drain Cookies


  • Prepared sugar cookie dough. You will want to use one that definitely doesn’t spread (I used this one from the awesome LilaLoa)
  • Large circle cutter
  • Medium circle cutter or glass (I’ll show you why in a bit)
  • A #12 tip (or a straw, in a pinch)
  • Gray icing, 15 second consistency
  • Red icing, flood consistency
  • Silver luster dust
  • Vodka
  • Small paintbrush
  • Pastry bags, couplers, #2 tip

1. Roll out your sugar cookie dough. Cut out a large circle.

2. Center a slightly smaller circle cutter or a round glass in the middle of the large cookie. Press down to create a round indentation. This will be the “rim” of the drain.

3. Now, it is time to add the holes of the drain. For my size cookie, a #12 tip was the perfect size, but use whatever looks best to you. I started by adding the holes in the four “corners” of the circle, to help me place the holes consistently.

Then, I added 2 more holes between each original hole.

Finally, I added the middle holes in a smaller circle and the center hole.

Bake the cookies as directed.

***If you want to make this cookie easier, color the dough gray, bake as usual, and skip the gray icing!***

4. Once the cookie has baked and cooled, outline and flood the rim of the drain with gray icing.

I used a 15 count icing to avoid creating two different consistencies, but you do whatever you prefer! Let dry for about 30 minutes.

5. Outline and flood the rest of the cookie with the gray icing.

If your gray icing begins to fall in the holes (like mine did!), use a toothpick to clean out the hole. Ok, that sounds weird…you know what I mean! Allow the cookies to dry completely.

6. Mix silver luster dust with a small amount of vodka and paint the mixture onto the cookie. This will give it a shiny look, like a drain.

7. Using the red flood icing, swirl it around on top of the cookies, like it is actually flowing down the drain. To do this, you can either let the icing flow from a spoon or put the icing in a pastry bag with a large tip – your choice!

Tap each cookie a couple times to coax the icing into the holes. If the holes get too “clogged,” use a toothpick to clean it out.