Halloween Cookies ~ Cookie Recipes ~ Cookie Decorating Ideas
Delightfully Spooky Halloween Cookies the Whole Family Can Create
Everyone loves Halloween cookies and you can find endless recipes and decorating ideas to delight little (and big) spooks on trick-or-treat night. I've narrowed down a few of my favorite recipes and ideas for delighting family and guests for Halloween. Each concept is pretty simple, and directions and recipes are provided, as well as a few resources for needed supplies and tools should you need them. The point of these choices is their simplicity. A baking project that is less complicated means more family fun.
Get the whole family involved making these wonderful treats -- I promise, they taste better when it's a family affair. Happy Halloween!
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Idea #1 ~ Halloween Decorated Sugar Cookies
How cute and how easy would it be to make the candy corn cookie pictured here! Imagine the littlest goblins (as well as adults not really into decorating cookies), simply dipping each end in a frosting bowl and creating their own unique smiley face on Mr. Corn. Successful family project accomplished!
Sugar cookie and decorator icing recipes can be had in abundance in every cookbook and all over the net. I'm including some basic, but delicious, recipes here to give you all the information you need in one place. Other sugar cookie decorating ideas can be found in the pictures above and further down this page, magazines, doing a Google search, cookbooks, of course, or checking out your local bakery window display for ideas.
Basic (but delicious) Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 1/2 C softened butter
2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
5 C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Chill dough. (You can prepare this ahead of family cookie decorating night). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated 400 degree F oven. Cool completely before icing. For the Candy Corn cookie above, dough was colored yellow with food coloring so that only the tops and bottoms need to be dipped in icing.
Basic Butter Cream Icing Recipe
1/2 C (1 stick) real butter
1 pound powdered sugar
5 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cream these ingredients together by hand or with a mixer. Adjust the consistency by adding more sugar or water. Divide the frosting into smaller bowls and add food coloring one drop at a time to reach the desired colors. Cocoa powder can also be added for chocolate/brown frosting.
When cookies are completely cool, frost by dipping, spreading with a knife, or piping details, such as the candy corn face. Sprinkles or colored sugars can also be used in any number of creative ways. Professional grade food coloring now comes in colors like black and purple. Food color spray can also create exciting effects.
Note: Many of the pictures on this page, as well as some you'll come across elsewhere, use a confectioner's icing that is more of a sugar paste to create a smoother, harder icing. I prefer the delicious butter cream icing above. The harder icing is a practical matter for cookies that need to be packed and shipped. For cookies that may not last through the evening, use the homemade delicious creamy recipe with real butter.
Halloween Cookie Cutters
Idea #2 ~ Oreos Dressed Up for Halloween
This idea is really simple, but so fun. No time for baking -- or just prefer Oreos to sugar cookies? Dip them in frosting, add sprinkles and decorate the same as you would sugar cookies. This is a great party idea. In fact, it could be a fun party activity for any age. How cute are these!
Halloween Cookie Decorating Sprinkles
Idea #3 ~ Cookie Tombstones
Like the Oreo idea, this one uses store-bought cookies to simplify things. This time it's Pepperidge Farm's Milano cookies to the rescue. Plant these personalized "tombstones" in a graveyard sheet cake. You could make this even more realistic by frosting the cake with green grassy areas and chocolate "freshly dug dirt mounds" under each tombstone.
Idea #4 ~ Halloween Fortune Cookies
Another simple store-bought idea. Dipped and decorated fortune cookies. You can replace the fortunes with your own creations: "You will marry a tall dark monster."
Photo: Hand-Dipped Fortune Cookies, Amazon
Fortune Cookies to Decorate
Idea #5 ~ Decorated Brownie Pops
Brownie Pop Molds
Idea #6 ~ Old Fashioned Halloween Comfort Cookies
Okay, now we're coming to my preferred choices. They may not decorate as smoothly as sugar cookies, but they're by far the best recipes. Make your mom's pumpkin cookies, or spice cookies, or applesauce, or gingerbread. . .you know, the one's you loved when you were a little trick-or-treator. I could give you my recipe for my mom's spice zucchini cookies, but they wouldn't be your remembered favorites. So be sure to make some of those homey old-time favorites and see if your kids don't like them, too.
Professional Icing Decorating Tools
Designer Cookies are Delicious, Too
Copyright and Image Credits
All images used in this article are from my personal collection, in the public domain, or used with permission.