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Pumpkin, bat, and ghost cookies decorated with royal icing

Halloween Sugar Cookies

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  • Author: Leslie Jeon
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 24 3-inch cookies 1x


These Halloween sugar cookies are the perfect way to ring in the spooky season! They're so easy to make, and the entire family will have fun decorating them.



Sugar Cookies:

  • ½ cup (113gunsalted butter, softened 
  • 1 cup (200ggranulated sugar 
  • 2 eggs (100g), well beaten 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk 
  • 2 ½ cups (300gall-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 

Royal Icing: 

  • 2 pasteurized egg whites (60g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups (340gpowdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon water 
  • Optional: a few drops of food coloring 


Sugar Cookies: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a sheet tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 
  2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl with a hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the beaten eggs, vanilla extract, and milk and mix well to combine, scraping the bowl well after each addition.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined, scraping as needed.
  4. Tightly wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling it out.
  5. After the dough has chilled, lightly flour your countertop and roll the cookie dough out to about a ¼-inch thickness. Cut out the cookies using your desired cookie cutters, then transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes, or until they are lightly golden brown around the edges.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Royal Icing: 

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or a large bowl with a handheld mixer), whisk together the egg whites and vanilla extract until white and foamy, then gradually add in the powdered sugar until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Finally, add in water one teaspoon at a time until you can make a figure eight with the icing that disappears in eight seconds.
  2. If desired, color the royal icing with food coloring, then transfer the different shades of royal icing to piping bags and decorate the cooled cookies.  
  3. Make sure to let the royal icing dry completely before serving, then store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Chill Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American