Easy & Fun Halloween Sugar Cookie Cut-outs
Each year at Christmastime I make cut-outs for my family. It is a recipe that has been handed down from my Grandma Ryan, to my Mom, to me, and I plan one day to hand it down to my daughter and daughter-in-law(s). I have never actually made Halloween cut-outs until this year; so I accepted the challenge and this is what I came up with. I had to purchase actual Halloween cookie cutters; I got 3, which were a skull, bat and pumpkin, ( I did turn the skull upside down to make my ghost.) I wanted to try to be a bit fancier so I purchased frosting bags and a set of tips- and off I went. I will be sharing what I purchased and really how inexpensive it was to add to my collection of cookie cutters in a separate post.
I used to decorate cakes. I started before I was in high school. Anything from 3 tiered cakes, to Bugs Bunny, hearts, Winnie the Pooh, even Barney. Somewhere along the way I decided this wasn’t a future business for me and I guess I lost interest. I went through too many mixers and was tired of the sticky frosting and dye. So I decided to give it a whirl again, and above is what I came up with.
The frosting I used can be found on the following recipe: Chocolate and Caramel Drizzled Chocolate Cupcakes.
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup Crisco
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup or pancake syrup
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Combine sugar & Crisco in large bowl. Beat at medium speed.
- Add eggs, syrup, vanilla. Beat until fluffy .
- Combine 3 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt.
- Add gradually to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix until well blended. Divide into 4 quarters. (Warning–when I made mine they were rather soft so I added a bit of flour to make a bit stiffer and easier to work with).
- Put a few tablespoons of flour on table or counter, roll out and cut with your cookie cutters of choice. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 5-9 minutes, I found with our oven 8 was a nice amount of time.
- If you want to decorate yours like I did mine; I split my frosting into 3-4 parts. I used food coloring as I forgot to buy the edible dye chips. I mixed Blue & Red to get my purple, Red & Yellow to get my orange (although I would have liked it a bit darker), and I used white for the ghosts and skulls. Also for the pumpkin eyes I used the candies from the candy necklaces, sprinkles, mini chips & little red covered chocolate candies for the ghost eyes. You can use anything you want for decoration.
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Newly middle-aged wife of 1, Mom of 3, Grandma of 2. A professional blogger who has lived in 3 places since losing her home to a house fire in October 2018 with her husband. Becky appreciates being self-employed which has allowed her to work from 'anywhere'. Life is better when you can laugh. As you can tell by her Facebook page where she keeps the humor memes going daily. Becky looks forward to the upcoming new year. It will be fun to see what 2020 holds.