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Scrumptious Halloween sugar cookies from scratch

Updated on September 6, 2013

Delectable Homemade Pumpkin, Cat, & Ghost Sugar Cookies

There are lots of recipes for refrigerator sugar cookies, but some cookies end up looking much better than they taste. Here's a great recipe that is both yummy and relatively easy to prepare. The dough for this recipe makes cookies that taste so good, the cookies don't last long in my house. The fun part is decorating them, so, by all means, let your creative juices flow! I've learned to take a photograph of them before showing them off, as they're too irresistible not to eat. Once you've tasted one, you'll be hard-pressed not to eat another!

Image credit: All photographs are my own.

Yummy Sugar Cookie recipe

I've tried many but this one definitely tastes the best!

Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

2/3 cup shortening

2 eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons double acting baking powder

2 Tablespoons whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients at medium speed until all ingredients are well mixed. Shape dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2-3 hours (until easy to handle). Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease baking pans (or use a non-stick pan liner). For crisp cookies - roll dough paper thin. For softer cookies, roll dough to 1/4" thickness.

Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Bake 8 minutes, or until very light brown. Remove from pan and cool before icing and decorating.

Easiest Homemade Cookie Icing Recipe:

To prepare easy icing, which helps the sprinkles stick and makes the cookies taste even more delicious, I use sifted Confectioners sugar mixed with a very small amount of whole milk. Stir until smooth, but still thick. Then, add a dash of almond extract which will thin the mixture down and add exceptional flavoring. (You can substitute vanilla extract, if desired.) Adjust the dry and liquid ingredient mixture to create an easily spreadable consistency. Tip: Add a couple of drops of orange food coloring for the pumpkins and green food coloring for the stems. (Tip: I used Duncan Hines Dark chocolate icing in the can to create my black cats. I suppose that's cheating, but I didn't know how to make black icing.) Have fun!

Supplies you might want for making your cookies

You can get very creative when decorating your cookies. I found these great sprinkles at JoAnn's Fabrics and bought them for my own baking this year. I've found them for you on Amazon for a much cheaper price than I paid in August. I love these fun Halloween sprinkles and big Halloween cookie cutters. These tasty edible decors should make your cookies look spooktacularly festive and ever-so-tempting to eat!

Wilton 710-1457 Halloween Sprinkles, 4-Pack
Wilton 710-1457 Halloween Sprinkles, 4-Pack

Decorate your cookies with orange sugar, black sugar, and orange sprinkles with tiny black bats! Yum!

 
Wilton 710-1454 Halloween 3-3/4-Ounce Bat Sprinkles Mix
Wilton 710-1454 Halloween 3-3/4-Ounce Bat Sprinkles Mix

Here are the orange sprinkles and black bat mix. These are great to put on cupcakes, too, for fast easy Halloween decos!

 
Wilton 4-Piece Grippy Halloween Cookie Cutter Set
Wilton 4-Piece Grippy Halloween Cookie Cutter Set

These cutters are very similar to the ones I used for mine. You get a bat, a ghost, a cat and a witch!

 
Calphalon Classic Bakeware Special Value 12-by-17-Inch Rectangular Nonstick Jelly Roll Pans, Set of 2
Calphalon Classic Bakeware Special Value 12-by-17-Inch Rectangular Nonstick Jelly Roll Pans, Set of 2

How often do you buy pans? These are really good ones at a very good price.

 

Remember Halloween carnivals at elementary schools?

I remember the mom's always brought in homemade cupcakes and cookies and caramel apples to sell at the bake sale. I couldn't resist them!

What's your favorite Halloween treat?

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The perfect decorative Halloween cookie jar! - Might give some cookie monsters pause before reaching inside...

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      Enda McLarnon 4 years ago from Belfast, Ireland

      This is a really nice collection and I will be trying some of them for sure

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      kchiles 4 years ago

      These type of sugar cookies are my all-time favorite!

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      The Falcon Press 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @anonymous: Thanks. Mine, too :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These cookies look great! Sugar cookies are one of my all-time favorites.

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      The Falcon Press 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @ajgodinho: Better hurry ;)

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      The Falcon Press 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @Craftymarie: Thanks!

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These look delicious and cool too...BOO, I'm coming to get 'em! ;)

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      Marie 5 years ago

      Fun and yummy looking halloween cookies - I love the wee ghostie ones.

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      The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @MisterHalloween: Clever comment! That said, if you tasted one I'd lay money down that it'd bring out the cookie monster in you! :)

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      The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @Ardyn25: Thanks. Your so welcome!

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      MisterHalloween 5 years ago

      Halloween cookies. Yum. Don't have to be a cookie monster to crave the cookie. Thanks for sharing these great recipes.

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      Ardyn25 5 years ago

      These look delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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      The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @vetochemicals: Thanks for the compliment!

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      Cindy 5 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

      You make beautiful sugar cookies for Halloween and your recipe sounds easy enough to do too! xoxo

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      The Falcon Press 5 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @TheWritingnag: Oh my! Thanks for your blessing and comment! So much appreciated. :)

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      Writing Nag 5 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      These look delicious! I love Halloween sugar cookies, great lens! Blessed.