Sugar Cookie Recipes

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Jack O'Lantern Halloween Cookies Recipe

As usual, I prepared an enormous batch of sugar cookie dough in anticipation of Halloween. Making cookies in different shapes and sizes is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday. The recipe is ultra-simple, and all you need is quick and easy sugar cookie dough flavored with a bit of vanilla and a good, pointy paring knife.

These are simple pumpkin-shaped cookies. As soon as the girls got back from school, they designed their own decorations. Baby Aria and I preferred the ones without any additional icing or sprinkles but we still created facial features inside the cookies. 


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Snickerdoodles: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (+Giveaway) Recipe

Snickerdoodles are perfect during this holiday season. They're just as delicious as plain sugar cookies, but with a touch of freshly ground cinnamon. The cookie dough is rolled into small dough balls and then rolled in cinnamon sugar. Once they're nicely coated, the cookies are flattened, and when they're baked, a whimsical, crinkled cinnamon top is formed.

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe with Picture

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Halloween Cookies: Dried Fruit Cookie Recipe Recipe

I read this morning in the news that the White House held a pre-Halloween party that included cookies and dried fruit today. It inspired me to make a batch of dried fruit cookies for our own festivities. I mixed raisins, dried cherries, dried kiwis, dried apricots, honey and pecans into a basic sugar cookie dough. I made a fair number that I kept in an airtight tin so the kids can enjoy them all the way through to Monday evening.

The cookies are decorated with very cute renditions of Dracula and a spooky witch. The designs are in the form of peel-&-press edible frosting stickers, which were very convenient, given my utter lack of drawing skills. If you'd like to get similar designs, you can find them at Ticings®. They come in thin sheets of edible icing using food-grade inks that easy apply to almost any soft-frosted dessert.

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Witch Finger Cookies (Scary Halloween Food) Recipe

This recipe gives “finger food” a whole new meaning. My 1st-grader sister-in-law is going to participate in the Halloween parade at her school, and I thought it would be fun to bring some scary treats to share with her classmates. After deliberating with the munchkin, we decided to make finger-shaped cookies.

To start, I made the first batch of cookie dough with a few drops of pandan extract to give the cookies a green color. My munchkin helped me out shaping the fingers but we realized they were shaped way too big as they expanded after baking. I exclaimed: "Those are Shrek's fingers!" to which my little one responded: "Why would you chop off Shrek’s fingers?!?!". After calming her down, we settled on calling them “witch” fingers. I made the second batch much smaller with less pandan to make it more realistically like a witch's skin (I'm just guessing since I've personally never met one). The fingernails are made of candied blanched almonds and the fingers are dipped in fruit preserves to imitate blood.

The finger cookies look very realistic, so I don't know if they're appropriate for 6-year-olds. I’ll tell you tomorrow what the reaction was.

Witch Finger Cookies Recipe with Picture


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Banana Almond Butterscotch Cookies Recipe

Butterscotch, freeze-dried banana chips and sliced almonds may not be the first ingredients to come to mind when making cookies, but they work incredibly well together. The crunch of the almonds and bananas is a great foil to the soft and creamy butterscotch chips. To reinforce the flavors, I added banana extract to the brown sugar cookie dough. The cookies taste fantastic, right out of the oven.

If you have a little extra time on your hands, make an extra batch so you can freeze the cookie dough for later use. We had some surprise company for tea this weekend, so I needed to whip up a plate of cookies. I just pulled out a log from the freezer, cut it into discs and popped them in the oven. They taste so much better than store-bought cookies, and when you pull them out of the oven, ooey gooey and piping hot, you'll look like an absolute rockstar!


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