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 AllRecipes.com, 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 AllRecipes.com's 'The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies'

Ingredients:
- 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

Instructions:
- 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: AllRecipes.com

Ingredients:
- 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

Instructions:
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.

12 comments:

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!
~ingrid

Mimi said...

Really cute!
Mimi

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!

thereddeer 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!