Sunday, October 11, 2009

Halloween Sugar Cookies

My daughter and I were in one of our favorite places on earth -- the cookware store -- and we came upon a collection of Halloween cookie cutters.

Even though we went there to buy a giant ladle for a chili cookoff I helped organize (more on that later), guess what also ended up in our bag?

I whipped up a double batch of cousin Karen's perfect sugar cookies, and Christina and I cut out different Halloween shapes. Trust me, these are good.


Using Wilton cookie icing in orange and black and black sugar, we made smiling pumpkins and shimmering black bats.

I brought a box to friends R & B's house, and I brought some to work. My colleague Zoe said that it was the best sugar cookie she had ever had.

These cookies are delicious, whether plain, covered with store bought icing, homemade glaze, or homemade royal icing. Enjoy!

Karen's Sugar Cookies

Dry ingredients:
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

Wet ingredients:
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
½ tsp. vanilla

Sift together dry ingredients in one bowl. Set aside.

Cream together butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat in egg and vanilla. Incorporate dry ingredient mixture until a dough is formed.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for two hours.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Roll out dough to 1/8" and cut with cookie cutter of choice. Bake about 6 minutes. Cookies should be cooked but not browned.

1 cup confectioner's sugar
5-6 tsp. water
Food coloring

Mix together frosting and spread on cooled cookies.

This glaze never fully hardens so the cookies have to be treated gently and never layered.

Royal Icing

A great recipe for royal icing can be found here.


Rebecca said...

We were the lucky recipients of a box of these yummies. As my husband ("B") said: These cookies are ridiculous!!!
They are beautiful AND utterly delicious. (And I am not a cookie person, so it takes a really great cookie to get my attention). Make these and keep them in your house at your peril; I ate so many that I when my kids came looking, I had to blame the missing cookies on the dog.
Thanks for sharing this! R

Ninette said...

Ah, Rebecca, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on the cookies! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

La Table De Nana said...

Super craftmanship!! I love these holiday treats..the epitome of celebrating in the kitchen! Cute cute cute!!

zurin said...

How lovely to bake with your daughter! N I'm mad about cookware stores myself :))
the cookies look adorable. :)

Madame Sucre said...

Love this recipe.. so easy!! now my dough is waiting in the fridge and I'll tell you how it turns out :)

I wanted the kids to decorate their own cookies in the halloween party i'm throwing them.. do you think this type of icing is ideal? or is the ones that harden are better?
have a wonderfuld day!

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