Jack O'Lantern Halloween Cookies

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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. 

Ingredients

Yields: 26 cookies

1 egg, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt


Directions

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a mixing bowl, beat the egg with 1 cup of sugar until it becomes pale yellow foam; the texture of the egg will be thicker. Add the vanilla extract.

In a bowl, combine the flour, salt and baking powder.

Cream the butter with ½ cup of sugar (whisk using a stand-mixer to get as much air as possible into the butter). Add the egg mixture and the dry ingredients. Mix well. Add the brown sugar. Mix well. 

Shape the cookies into the design of your choice; we stuck with jack-o'-lanterns. Using a paring knife, form the eyes, nose and mouth. Repeat until all the cookies are shaped. 

Place the cookies on a baking sheet previously lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Make sure they are spaced apart so they don't touch each other when they expand while baking.

Bake for 20 minutes max, depending on how soft you prefer them. Remove from the oven. Transfer the cookies to cooling racks. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

You could cover them with a simple icing (recipe follows) and add sprinkles.

Bon appétit!


Tips

FYI: 1 cup of butter = 16 tablespoons = 2 sticks of butter.

To guarantee quality baked goods, use the best quality butter you can find.

A little salt brings out the flavor of the dessert and enhances its sweetness.

Reminder on how to make icing: In a bowl, dissolve ½ cup water in 14 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Drizzle each cookie with about 1 teaspoon of cookie icing and  sprinkle with orange-colored decoration sugar. Let the icing harden completely for at least 2 hours.


 

Published By: Jacqueline Pham on October 25, 2013.


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