Halloween Cut Out Cookies
I love Halloween… and baking Halloween themed food. These Halloween Cut Out Cookies were a road trip snack on our way to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. I had so much fun making them and could not wait to share the recipe that I used with y’all.
These Halloween Cut Out Cookies are not just adorable, but they are incredibly tasty. This recipe came from Sally’s Baking Addiction, one of my favorite recipe sites. I think that this will be my go to cut out cookie recipe from here on out. Thank you, Sally, for yet another wonderful recipe!
- 3/4 cup butter (softened)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 Large egg (room temperature)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Cookie Cutters
In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer, beat the butter until creamed and smooth. Add the sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract and beat on high until fully combined.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Turn the mixer to low speed and add about half of the flour mixture, beating until just combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until combined. If the dough is too soft, add 1 Tablespoon of flour until it is a consistency that can be rolled.
Divide the dough unto 2 equal parts. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment paper. Stack the pieces onto a baking sheet and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (up to 1 day).
Once chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove one of the dough pieces from the refrigerator and using a cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Transfer the cutout cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used (or until you eat it all).
Bake for 8-11 minutes, until very lightly colored on top and around the edges. All to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes (or on parchment paper like I did because I would rather throw parchment paper away than have to wash a cooling rack too).
To make the icing, stir together the confectioners’ sugar and milk in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in corn syrup and almond extract until icing is smooth and glossy. If the icing is too thick, add more corn syrup. Divide icing into separate bowls and add food coloring to each. I love that this icing will harden and it looks glossy.
Rolling out the dough before chilling is a genius idea! It makes things so much easier. I do recommend adding some flour to the parchment paper before rolling out the dough and adding some on top so the parchment paper does not stick.
The possibilities for these Halloween Cut Out Cookies are endless; it all depends on which/how many cookie cutters you choose to use and how elaborately you want to decorate your cookies. I wish that my icing technique was better, but it is something that I am working on. Hopefully next year’s will look better.
If you make these Halloween Cut Out Cookies, we would love to see your creations!
Happy Halloween, y’all.
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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