Wednesday, October 26, 2011

31 Days of Halloween - Halloween Cookies

If you're enjoying my Halloween posts, be sure to follow with GFC or Facebook... I'm doing another 31 Days of Halloween series this year! 

This post isn't necessarily about the recipe for the cookies, or the not-so-fancy decorating used on top of them.

This is a Public Service Announcement for Christmas Cookies.

Why do we only make cutout cookies once a year? That's prejudicial against the other holidays. And prejudice is wrong. So, gather the children and some Halloween cookie cutters... make some Christmas cookies and call them Halloween cookies. Your children will thank you.
This is the recipe straight out of the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook.  Use your favorite recipe for cutout cookies and get started.
When the dough is made, I always cut it into two pieces and wrap them in wax paper before they go into the fridge to chill.  That's how my mother did it, so that's how I do it.
Grab your rolling pin and cookie cutters.  I'm very serious about my cookies, so I use wooden sticks (found at the hardware store) to roll out the cookies.  That way, they're all the thickness I like.  My mother rolls them out too thin and they burn.  That will not happen under my watch.
Is there a kid in the world that doesn't like to roll out the cookies?  And yes, my computer is on and that's my facebook page.  I like to know how people I haven't seen since high school graduation are doing.
I use a silicone baking sheet and I can't say enough good things about them.  They are amazing.
Don't they look happy on their cooling rack.  It will be short-live because I am going to EAT EVERY LAST ONE OF YOU.

Whoa, that came out of nowhere.
I make a powdered sugar icing (also found in the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook) to frost the cookies normally.  I made icing this time too, but I have found that when I dye icing black, it tastes a little... funny.  So this time, I bought black icing.
And I let the kids sprinkle to their hearts content.
My son gets a little heavy-handed with the sprinkles... the one on the lower right got more sprinkles than cookie.

I still ate it.

The deal is always this: the kids and the husband can decorate the cookies any way they like... all but one of each shape.  I decorate those myself.  And I transport myself back to seven years old, in the kitchen with my mother, decorating partially burnt cookies before Christmas.  Love it.
These are mine... all mine.


  1. These are awesome and look so festive for the season... Love it :)) Officially following ya with smiles..Lovely creative blog you have here..Found you over at Wow me Wed..I'm Marilyn and would LOVE for you to share this at my Pin'Inspirational Thursday linky party if you dont mind pweeease :))-- TY,,

  2. I love cut out sugar cookies. When my kids were small -30 and 33 now - we made them for every holiday. I still have all the cookie cutters. Now I'm happy to say my daughter is continuing that tradition with her little girl. Do you need to borrow my hearts, shamrock, eggs and chicks, flower, flag, turkey, etc cutters?

  3. Nice looking cookies and looks like it was a fun project. Did you ever hear the one about the woman who always cut the end of her roast off before putting it into the pan? Someone asked her why she did that, she said because her grandmother always did and her mother did. She decided to find out why. Grandma said it was because the whole roast wouldn't fit into her pan. You divide your dough just because your mom always did, no particular reason. Just reminded me of that story. I think the lesson was about questioning why we think we can't make changes or something. Heehee...

  4. Mmm! I'm hungry! :) I think we may have to whip out our halloween cookie cutters this weekend too.

  5. I know that this is years too old, but, if you're still wanting ot make your own black icing, you can make it chocolate flavored (add 1/4 C cocoa or so) and then dye it black. Then it won't taste all chemically. If you don't want it to be chocolate, then your on your own. :)Good luck!


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