Halloween Sugar Cookie Recipe
Don't let Halloween slip by without making a batch or two of Halloween sugar cookies. My children have a blast helping mix up and roll out the cookie dough and then decorating the cookies with a Halloween theme. Sugar cookies are a great treat for school Halloween parties (unless school policies dictate no sweet treats in the classroom). And, it's hard to beat these sugar cookies for a home Halloween party. Portable snacks are nice when answering the door and giving goodies to trick-or-treaters.
Southern Halloween Sugar Cookies
There are many different recipes for sugar cookies, and the various cookies have different textures. This fun Southern cookie recipe produces the puffier and fatter sugar cookies (similar to Wal-Mart sugar cookies) versus the thin and crispy sugar cookies. This makes the cookie dough easier to work with and decorate with frosting since the cookies are sturdier. Since this is kid-friendly cookie dough, it's not near as frustrating as more delicate sugar cookie recipes. And, they taste wonderful!
1 cup margarine or butter (2 sticks)
1 cup of sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 ½ cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Put margarine/butter out to soften. It’s much easier to mix the cookies if the margarine/butter isn’t rock hard.
Mix the softened margarine/butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Add the flour and baking powder and mix well.
Chill the dough for a couple of hours. It’s too sticky to roll out when it’s warm and just mixed up.
Take a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour (plain or self-rising) and sprinkle it on the area where you’ll roll out the dough. You can also use a combination of flour and powdered sugar – half and half. This is to prevent the dough from sticking to the counter or mat.
Put a little flour in your hand (1 TBS or so) and rub the outside of the rolling pin. If you don’t have a rolling pin, you can use a tall glass with straight sides. Just roll smaller amounts of dough at a time, because glass is not near as long as a rolling pin. You’ll also need to sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough as it’s rolled since glass won’t hold the flour like a wooden rolling pin.
Take about half the dough out of the bowl and stick the rest back in the refrigerator to keep it chilled. Roll with the rolling pin or glass going up and down and side to side to make a big circle with a thickness of 1/4 inch.
Use Halloween shaped cookie cutters or a biscuit cutter (to make pumpkin or jack-o-lantern shapes) to cut out cookies. If you don’t have cookie cutters or a biscuit cutter, a glass will do. A thin-edged drinking glass works best.
Place the cookies on a lightly greased or lightly spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray. Use your fingers to brush off any excess flour that may be on top of the cookie from the rolling.
Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. The cookies should be set and very lightly browned at the edges but still light-colored.
Make sure the sugar cookies have cooled before beginning to decorate.
These Halloween Sugar Cookies are great with ready-made frosting. Add food coloring to the ready-made frosting to match the holiday theme of the cookies. For example, add orange to the icing and make pumpkin-shaped cookies.
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