Cut-out cookies might not be the first treat we think of when it comes to Halloween. They're typically the provenance of Christmastime. While there's no shame in that game, we're missing out on a major opportunity! There are scads of adorable Halloween-themed cookie cutters out there, just waiting to present us with delicious and seasonally appropriate goodies.
Take for example the one's put to good use at DIYHeather.com. Baker Heather Hinchliffe Rode used her Wilton ($11.99, Macy's) cutters to create a delectable assortment of spooooooky goodies that look as good as they taste! My favorite part of this recipe? The almond flavoring, it complements the buttery taste like WHOA.
Not only is the recipe simple and the perfect complement to any Halloween party, it also allows your creative juices to flow! With the simple confectioner's icing, you can give your cut-outs the character of your choosing. You can go monochromatic and design-y, or go for realistic ghostliness! The world is your oyster! Or at least these cookies are.
Recipe adapted from Easy Halloween Cookies by DIYHeather.com
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, soft
- 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla flavor
- 1/2 teaspoon almond flavor
- 2 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Confectioner's sugar
- Food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy.
- Beat in egg and extracts.
- Combine dry ingredients and add to mixture one cup at a time, mixing well with each addition. Dough does not require chilling.
- Divide dough into two balls.
- Roll out and cut cookies.
- Bake cookies on ungreased sheet approximately 8-11 minutes.
- To make frosting, combine water and confectioner's sugar until you create a texture you like best. Then add more or less food coloring to create your desired colors. Design away!
Are cut-out cookies a regular part of your baking catalogue?
Images via DIYHeather