Thursday, October 15, 2009

Halloween: Sugar Cookies

It’s always difficult to find a cookie-recipe that maintains its shape when using cookie cutters and still tastes good all the same time. Well, I found my go-to recipe! I found it on, where is has over 2000 reviews. It’s a recipe I’ve been meaning to try, but as always, life gets in the way. Today I was just craving for some sugar, and these cookies fulfilled my appetite as they are packed with sugar (calorie-counters beware!). As the name indicates, they are sugar-cookies, but also the icing will satisfy your sugar-rush. They are, of course, Halloween-themed. I don’t make cut-out cookies very often. This is because I LOVE them and can’t contain myself around them. So every holiday I have a good excuse to make them and bring out my cookie cutters! Rating: this is very subjective, I would say 5 out of 5, but that is, if you love sugar like I do.

Sugar Cookies recipe: adapted from's 'The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies'

- ¾ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt

- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, and then the vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the flour mixture into the creamy butter/sugar/eggs-mixture. Roll dough into a flat disc. Cover with clingwrap, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface ¼ to ½ 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 oven. Cool completely.

Sugar Cookie Icing recipe:

- 1 cup confectionars' sugar, sifted
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (I omit this if I want to make white icing)
- 3 tablespoons milk (use more if needed)
- Food coloring

In a small bowl, beat together confectionars's sugar, light corn syrup and vanilla. Add a tablespoon of milk one at a time, until icing is smooth and glossy.

Sugar cookies cooling (some of them, I got a big batch out of this recipe).

Blue batman.

Flower-sprinkled pumpkin.

Casper the Friendly Ghost.

And my favorite: Purple-ish cat posing as a black cat. Looks exactly like my real cat!

I'll be honest: these cookies you see here on the picture I decorated nicely and precisely, but the rest of the cookies, I just dumped some cookie-icing on top! Your tastebuds don't know the difference.


ABowlOfMush said...

Aww the cookie shapes are so cute! The little pumpkins are adorable.

The recipe sounds delicious, great recipe find!
Save it for christmas cookies too :)

Great job girlie!

Ingrid said...

I like the ghost shape. Cute!

Mimi said...

Really cute!

apparentlyjessy said...

I have terrible luck with sugar cookie recipes, I must remember to try this one when I make our Christmas cookies!
I love the ghost and scary cat cookie shapes the most!

Anonymous said...

So cute! I need to practice my sugar cookies skills.

Eliana said...

How fun!

La Pastry Chef said...

These are really nice. I love that cat! Looks very catty...

Ash said...

Your halloween cookies are so cute!! I have a huge order of these to do this weekend... like 180 of em! Yikes...I might just be cookied out by then! haha

I just stumbled across your fab blog! great stuff!!

Anonymous said...

Does this icing harden as it sets? I'm looking for a sugar cookie icing that will harden up so the cookies can be packaged!

Thanks so much!!

Paris Pastry said...

Yes it does, after a night or so!

Liana10 said...

Buhuhuuu!Scary...nice, very nice ;-)

Ashley said...

Mmmm the best sugar cookie recipe i have found. did not get a chance to make icing because they got eaten too fast :) thank you!