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Halloween Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

Updated on October 27, 2009

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween Sugar Cookie Cut Outs are a fun, easy, and festive way to celebrate the holiday while adding a delicious treat! So easy your children can help and join in the fun!

Prep Time is approximately 45-60 minutes (this includes the 30 minute chill time for the dough in the fridge) - (I sometimes keep the dough in the fridge longer for a better roll and cut)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Soft Shortening
  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Softened Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups White Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Food Coloring (Optional) - (I use black and orange for cats and pumpkins)

Supplies & Utensils

  • ¬†1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Large Mixing Spoon (I use a wooden one)
  • 1 Cup & Half Cup Measuring Cups
  • Tablespoon Measuring Spoon
  • Teaspoon Measuring Spoon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Measuring Spoon
  • Rolling Pin
  • Wax Paper
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray (Pam)

Step by Step Illustrated Directions

Mix well in large mixing bowl - Shortening, Butter, Eggs, Sugar, Milk, and Vanilla Extract.
Mix well in large mixing bowl - Shortening, Butter, Eggs, Sugar, Milk, and Vanilla Extract.
On a sheet of Wax Paper - Measure the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt. Gently mix or "cut" the dry ingredients together.
On a sheet of Wax Paper - Measure the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt. Gently mix or "cut" the dry ingredients together.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixture in the mixing bowl. Add about 1/4 of the dry ingredients at a time. Stir well between additions.    Once mixing is complete, dough will be thick.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixture in the mixing bowl. Add about 1/4 of the dry ingredients at a time. Stir well between additions. Once mixing is complete, dough will be thick.
If using food coloring, separate desired amounts of dough into separate, smaller bowls.   Add different colors to each bowl as desired.   Cover bowls with wax paper and put them in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. (Like I said before, I l
If using food coloring, separate desired amounts of dough into separate, smaller bowls. Add different colors to each bowl as desired. Cover bowls with wax paper and put them in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. (Like I said before, I l

Directions for Making and Coloring Dough

  • Mix well in large mixing bowl - Shortening, Butter, Eggs, Sugar, Milk, and Vanilla Extract.
  • On a sheet of Wax Paper - Measure the Flour, Baking Powder and Salt. Gently mix or "cut" the dry ingredients together.
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixture in the mixing bowl. Add about 1/4 of the dry ingredients at a time. Stir well between additions.
  • Once mixing is complete, dough will be thick.
  • If using food coloring, separate desired amounts of dough into separate, smaller bowls.
  • Add different colors to each bowl as desired.
  • Cover bowls with wax paper and put them in the fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes. (Like I said before, I like to put them in for at least an hour)

Lightly flour clean working space - (I use my countertop. The granite is cool which helps keep the dough cool and makes it easier for rolling and cutting.
Lightly flour clean working space - (I use my countertop. The granite is cool which helps keep the dough cool and makes it easier for rolling and cutting.
One color at a time, use lightly floured rolling pin to roll dough out somewhat thin.
One color at a time, use lightly floured rolling pin to roll dough out somewhat thin.
Cut into desired shapes
Cut into desired shapes
Place on lightly greased (I use non-stick cooking spray
Place on lightly greased (I use non-stick cooking spray
Sprinkle tops of cookies with sugar.
Sprinkle tops of cookies with sugar.

Final Steps

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • ¬†Lightly flour clean working space - (I use my countertop. The granite is cool which helps keep the dough cool and makes it easier for rolling and cutting.
  • One color at a time, use lightly floured rolling pin to roll dough out somewhat thin.
  • Cut into desired shapes
  • Place on lightly greased (I use non-stick cooking spray - such as PAM)
  • Sprinkle tops of cookies with sugar.
  • Bake cookies at 425 degrees F for approximately 5-7 minutes. Oven times may vary. Bottoms of cookies should be lightly browned.
  • Let cool and enjoy!

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