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Scrumptious Halloween sugar cookies from scratch
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!
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening
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!
Decorate your cookies with orange sugar, black sugar, and orange sprinkles with tiny black bats! Yum!
Here are the orange sprinkles and black bat mix. These are great to put on cupcakes, too, for fast easy Halloween decos!
These cutters are very similar to the ones I used for mine. You get a bat, a ghost, a cat and a witch!
Keep you cookies from sticking!
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?
The perfect decorative Halloween cookie jar! - Might give some cookie monsters pause before reaching inside...
Image credit: my own photo