Halloween Sugar Cookies

Spooky Sugar Cookies

One of the greatest things about sugar cookies is that they are perfect for any occasion. Halloween is no different. Perhaps you want to surprise your kids with a little Halloween treat when they come home from school or are planning a Halloween sugar cookie party where kids and adults can decorate their own sugar cookies the way they like.

The first step is having a yummy Halloween sugar cookie recipe. If you don’t have time, there are always the boxed sugar cookie mixes you can use. However, sugar cookies are simple to make with ingredients many families already having in their kitchens. You can use your favorite sugar recipe, or follow this simple one.

Keep in mind, you can mix the ingredients together and then store the dough in the refrigerator up to a week. Or, you can use it immediately. It is better to let it set in the fridge for about an hour so it’s easier to roll and cut with cookie cutters.

Spooky Sugar Cookie Ingredients

1 ½ c. butter
1 ½ c. granulated sugar
½ c. powdered sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. almond extract
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
5 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Additional powdered sugar for rolling

Directions to Make the Sugar Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and both sugars in a mixer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the vanilla, almond, and lemon zest.
  5. Sift a little of the flour, baking powder, and salt at a time.
  6. Mixing the ingredients after the initial 5 minutes should be done within one minute. Do not over mix.
  7. Chill dough for up to a week, or use immediately.

Creating Spooky Sugar Cookies

Once the dough is ready, you’re next step is to make these sugar cookies into something spooky. You can use a round biscuit cutter for spider web cookies, or use cookie cutters you find that are Halloween themed. Cats, pumpkins, witches, and brooms are common cookie cutters you can find during this time of year.

Roll the dough using powdered sugar so it doesn’t stick to the roller. The thickness is entirely up to you. You can make about 30 thick cookies or 80 thin cookies, also the sizes of the cookie cutter you’re using will make it difficult to know how many cookies you’ll get out of one batch.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place your cookies a couple of inches apart. Cook for 7 to 8 minutes, or when the edges are golden brown.

You can begin icing the cookies once they are completely cooled.

Decorating Spooky Sugar Cookies

You can let your imagination go when it comes to decorating spooky sugar cookies. If you’re having a Halloween party, have cookies lined up on the table with different food coloring and sprinkles so guests can decorate their own cookies that they can take home or eat right there.

Some spooky ways to decorate sugar cookies:

If you cut the dough with a round biscuit cutter, ice the top with white icing. Then, use black gel icing, or dye your own icing black using cocoa powder, to draw a spider web beginning in the center of the cookie growing out. You may also draw a black bat, cat, or spider with the white background.
Orange icing to draw pumpkins, green icing for witches or Frankenstein’s, white icing for ghosts or skulls are easy to create.

Severed Halloween Finger Sugar Cookies

If you’re going for really spooky, these Severed Finger Cookies are going to be just right. These can be made with the sugar cookie recipe mentioned above, and are going to make your guests cringe.

Make the sugar cookie recipe, then spoon dough into a length of plastic wrap. Wrap it tightly and refrigerate it until firm, between 30 and 40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take out the dough and cut about ¼ of the dough to put back in the fridge to use later.

Divide your dough into 15 different pieces, or “fingers”. Roll the dough between your hands and a floured surface to make it into a thin cylinder.

Shape the cylinder into a finger, create ridges for knuckles. Use a knife to cut a few small lines for the knuckles. Make sure the fingers are skinny since they will expand when they are baked. Remember, the spookiest fingers are going to be the ones that aren’t perfectly straight or look the best.

Once you’re done forming the finger, place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and repeat until you’re finished with the dough.

Press a blanched almond into the fingertip of the cookie, pointy end up.

Bake for 12 minutes or until the fingers are golden brown. Let them cool completely. They will be very fragile until they have cooled.

Decorate your severed fingers with red food coloring or red gel frosting to create a stub on the opposite end of the fingernail.


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