A Halloween Homemade Sugar Cookie Recipe Your Kids Will Love

homemade sugar cookie recipe
There’s so many reasons to love the month of October. For some, it’s the “real” welcoming of FALL, and for others, the excitement and energy that surrounds the picking of costumes for Halloween. For our family, it’s baking! Pies, mochi or using Grandma’s homemade sugar cookie recipe for some deliciously scary Halloween cookies!

Yes!  Finally, the month where all the great baking begins!

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin mochi, pumpkin crunch and neatly decorated Halloween cookies.  Every year, the kids get together with their grandma to bake her famous butter cookies or sugar cookies (which ever you like to call them).  They wait patiently while she makes the sugar icing and dyes them bright brilliant colors for them to decorate.  This is our most treasured time of the year… the making of Halloween Sugar Cookies!

Getting together on a Friday evening to make cookies has been a pastime for a our family since the kids were born. Already eager to learn how to cook and bake, both kids now associate all holidays with some kind of baking activity which both my mom and I can appreciate.  Each year thus far, we plan what kind of cookie we want to decorate.  Normally, they just do “whatever” comes to mind while grandma and I create more elaborate designs that are eventually wrapped and given to our local postman, bus driver and trash collector.  We can’t eat them all by ourselves…right?
Here’s the cookies we made in 2013.
homemade sugar cookie recipe

These are colorful mummies because we though white ones would be boring.

These ones we made last year in 2014;
homemade sugar cookie recipe

A Nightmare Before Christmas theme

And here’s the ones we made this year;
homemade sugar cookie recipe

A Monster’s Inc. theme

These cookies were all decorated by yours truly. Unfortunately, the kids eat their cookies before the icing even dries and I never get a photo.
We recommend putting colored icing for the kids in small ziploc bags and cutting one side of the corner of the bag to create a small tip.  That way you can toss the ziploc in the trash after they’ve used all the icing… easy. Mind you, they will have black colored tongues and finger tips for a few days but the smiles on their faces the moment of decorating makes it all worth it.
Below is grandma’s homemade sugar cookie recipe (along with a printable version) which she agreed to share with all of you.  We recommend using Wilton products for the royal icing and food coloring as this is what we use to make sure the cookies all turn out perfect.
Happy Halloween Cookie decorating!!

Grandma’s Homemade Sugar Cookies

homemade sugar cookie recipe

Grandma’s Homemade Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • Prep:  20 Minutes
  • Cook:  8 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough out on a floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Make sure the roller has enough flour so the dough doesn’t stick to the roller.
  4. Using “Halloween-themed” cookie cutters cut out shapes and using a spatula, scoop them up and place them onto an un-greased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake 6-8 minutes in oven.
  6. Cool completely.

Royal Icing

Makes about 3 cups of icing
 

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).

NOTE: Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.

* For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.

**When using large countertop mixer or for stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.

Thinned Royal Icing: To thin for pouring, add 1 teaspoon water per cup of royal icing. Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add 1/2 teaspoon water at a time until you reach proper consistency.

 

Grandma's Homemade Sugar Cookies
 
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Below is grandma's cookie recipe which she agreed to share with all of you. We recommend using Wilton products for the royal icing and food coloring as this is what we use to make sure the cookies all turn out perfect. Happy Halloween decorating!
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Roll dough out on a floured surface ¼ inch thick. Make sure the roller has enough flour so the dough doesn't stick to the roller.
  4. Using "Halloween themed" cookie cutters cut out shapes and using a spatula, scoop them up and place them onto an un-greased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake 6-8 minutes in oven.
  6. Cool completely.
Notes
Royal Icing
Makes about 3 cups of icing

Ingredients
3 tablespoons Meringue Powder
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4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners' sugar
5 tablespoons warm water
Directions

Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (7-10 minutes at low speed with a heavy-duty mixer, 10-12 minutes at high speed with a hand-held mixer).
NOTE: Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.

* For stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.

**When using large countertop mixer or for stiffer icing, use 1 tablespoon less water.

Thinned Royal Icing: To thin for pouring, add 1 teaspoon water per cup of royal icing. Use grease-free spoon or spatula to stir slowly. Add ½ teaspoon water at a time until you reach proper consistency.
 

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