Halloween Sugar Cookies

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Soft and sweet Halloween sugar cookies that will melt in your mouth. Not only are the cookies delicious, but they are great for parties, carnivals and fall festivals.

These sugar cookies are tender and tasty. They are perfect for shaping into cuteness for any season, but these pumpkins are especially adorable! For more Halloween fun try Mummy Cookies, Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats, Halloween Sugar Cookie Cake.

Halloween Sugar Cookies - pumpkins

Kids go Nuts over them!

These are just the cutest little pumpkins ever! They really take on a cute personality when you add those mis-matched eyes don’t they?

The kids absolutely LOVE making and decorating sugar cookies. It is especially fun during fall to make themed cookies. They especially love making these super cute pumpkins.

These are so fun to share with neighbors, bring to a potluck or party, or a school party. They are sure to be snatched up quickly!

Pumpkin shaped Halloween sugar cookies

How to Make Halloween Sugar Cookies

Cookie

PREP. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

CREAM. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond in large bowl (or Kitchen-Aid) until fluffy.

COMBINE. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

STIR. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms.

ROLL & CUT. Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Thin dough will make crunchy cookies. If you want soft dough, it needs to be about ⅜ in. {NOTE: Try not to handle the dough too much}

BAKE. Bake 8-10 minutes on greased pan. Let cool.

Frost and Decorate

MIX. Make frosting by mixing all ingredients with hand mixer. If too thick, add a tad more milk.

FROST. Frost the cookies with orange frosting.

DECORATE. Use the decorating gel to add texture to the pumpkins. Sprinkle with orange sugar sprinkles then add an M&M for the green stem and place on the candy eyes.

Frosting Halloween sugar cookies

Sugar Cookie Tips + Decor Ideas

    • Don’t over mix the dough because it can make it tough. 
    • Stick to rolling the dough out to ⅜” thick. Thinner dough will give a crunchy cookie and thicker will make the outside bake too quickly while leaving the inside doughy.
    • If your dough is too dry and crumbly when rolling. Wet your hands and knead the dough a little. Continue wetting your hands and kneading until you moisten the dough enough for it to hold together.
    • If it’s too sticky just add a small amount of flour until you get the right texture.

 

Decoration Variations – we stuck to these adorable sugar cookie pumpkins, but it would be so easy to change them according to the shape of the cookie cutter and color of frosting. For example:

  • Black cat, bat and witch hat cookie cutter would all use black frosting, black decorating gel and black sugar sprinkles
  • Ghost and skull cookie cutters can use white frosting with a combination of black and white decorating gel to create features.
  • There are so many different cookie cutter options out there to list every variation. Be creative and have fun!

Candy eyeballs on Halloween sugar cookies

Storing + More Halloween Treats

Storage: You can store baked cookies with or without the frosting. If you frost them, be sure the frosting has set before storing them. Place cookies in an airtight container, separating layers with parchment or wax paper. They can last for 4-5 days at room temperature.

To freeze: They are best when unfrosted, but can be frozen with frosting. Again, be sure the frosting has set before stacking and use parchment/wax paper between layers. They should stay good for up to 3 months.

Storing the dough: Like many cookies, this dough can be made ahead of time to be baked later. You can either roll the dough out into a disk that’s ⅜” thick or keep it in a dough log. Either way wrap the dough in plastic wrap, then again with aluminum foil or stick it into a Ziploc. 

If you want to cut out the cookie shapes, then freeze you can! Simply place the cut shapes on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Transfer the dough to a freezer safe storage container. I would still separate layers with parchment/wax paper.

Dough can be frozen for 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge, then allow it to come to room temperature before rolling, cutting and baking. 

Halloween Treats:

Halloween sugar cookie recipe

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Halloween Sugar Cookie Recipe

Soft and sweet Halloween sugar cookies that will melt in your mouth. Not only are the cookies delicious, but they are great for parties, carnivals and fall festivals.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 293 kcal

Ingredients

Cookie

  • 3/4 c butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 3/4 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Frosting

  • 1/3 c butter softened
  • 4 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • orange food coloring

Topping

  • Orange decorating gel, green M&Ms, candy eyes, orange sugar sprinkles

Instructions

Cookie

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

  2. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugars, egg and almond in large bowl (or Kitchen-Aid) until fluffy.

  3. In a separate medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

  4. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms.

  5. Roll out and cut with cookie cutter. Thin dough will make crunchy cookies. If you want soft dough, it needs to be about ⅜ in. {NOTE: Try not to handle the dough too much}

  6. Bake 8-10 minutes on greased pan. Let cool.

Frost and decorate

  1. Make frosting by mixing all ingredients with hand mixer. If too thick, add a tad more milk. 

  2. Frost the cookies with orange frosting.

  3. Use the decorating gel to add texture to the pumpkins. Sprinkle with orange sugar sprinkles then add an M&M for the green stem and place on the candy eyes.

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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