Halloween Sugar Cookies
Prep time: 45 mins
Cook time: 13 mins
Total time: 58 mins
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 2½ tbsp milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Food coloring
  1. Cream butter, salt and sugar in a standalone mixer with paddle attachment on medium speed.
  2. Add vanilla and egg and blend.
  3. Add flour, and use a spatula to help scrape the dough from the sides while mixing on low until everything is well blended and fluffy.
  4. With floured hands, gather dough into a flattened ball and wrap in wax paper.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 ºF.
  7. Roll chilled dough onto a floured surface with a floured rolling pin ¼ inch thick.
  8. Cut out Halloween shapes with floured cookie cutters, and quickly transfer to an ungreased baking sheet using a spatula or peel off carefully with your fingers. halloween cookie cutters
  9. Sprinkle baking decorations on top if desired.
  10. Bake for 13 minutes, or until surface is firm. Do not overbake or the cookies will be too hard. halloween sugar cookies halloween sugar cookies
  11. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and let cool 1 hour before frosting.
  12. Once completely cool, frost and decorate (see frosting recipe below). frosted halloween cookies halloween cookies
  1. Mix confectioners’ sugar, shortening, milk, and vanilla with a hand mixer on medium speed or standalone mixer with whisk attachment until well blended. Separate into different bowls and stir in a few drops of food coloring as desired.
Makes 18 cookies
Recipe by My San Francisco Kitchen at https://www.mysanfranciscokitchen.com/halloween-sugar-cookies/