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
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
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
Mix together frosting and spread on cooled cookies.
This glaze never fully hardens so the cookies have to be treated gently and never layered.
A great recipe for royal icing can be found here.