Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons

Sugar Halloween Cookies

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Halloween Cookies are a fun and easy way to celebrate the season with your kids. These cookies can be made in under an hour, making them perfect for moms who have had long days at work or school. The pumpkin pie spice gives these cookies a unique flavor that will make you think of fall!

the cookies stacked by a glass of milk.

Halloween Cookies

These Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies are so good and simple to make. Stepping into a bakery, you can immediately smell the wonderful aroma of freshly baked goods, and this recipe feels exactly like that experience. The cookies are so wonderfully texture with a crunchy and slightly chewy consistency. To top off the recipe is a tasty and creamy frosting that will just melt in your mouth. To spook up the Fall season a bit more, don’t be afraid to try out these creepy and delicious Halloween Spider Cookies or these Halloween Bat Twinkies.

Ingredients

  • Butter– Use unsalted butter to control the amount of salt in the recipe.
  • Sugar– This sugar is always used in the best dessert recipes.
  • Vanilla– Use pure vanilla for the best flavoring.
  • Syrup– You will need Torani Pumpkin Spice for this recipe.
  • Egg– Use this at room temperature.
  • Flour– Use all-purpose flour for the best results.
  • Baking Powder– This will allow the recipe to rise in the oven.
  • Food Coloring Gel– You will need the colors Orange, Lime Green, Purple, and black in gel, not liquid.
  • Cream Cheese– Use softened or at room temperature.
  • Powdered Sugar– This sugar is best for homemade frosting.

How to Make Halloween Cookies

To start, add the butter, sugar, vanilla, pumpkin spice syrup, and egg into the mixing bowl of a standing mixer, and use a whisk attachment to combine until light and fluffy.

First, add the flour and baking powder into another bowl, and combine.

Secondly, a little bit at a time, add the flour to the mixture and combine at low speed until fully incorporated.

Thirdly, switch out the whisk attachment with a paddle attachment.

Next, mix the batter until the dough begins to form into a smooth ball.

In addition, place 4-5 drops of the orange food coloring gel into the dough and combine until fully incorporated. You can add a few more drops until your desired color is reached. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl as needed.

Baking the Cookies:

To start, use parchment paper to line two cookie sheets and using your hands, roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls and arrange it onto the prepared cookie sheets.

the cookie dough rolled out on a baking sheet.

First, place the cookies into the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degrees until the cookies begin to turn a light brown around the edges.

Secondly, you will need to check the oven halfway through the baking process to see that the cookies have started to crack a bit.

Thirdly, dip a flat bottom glass and just sugar, and gently pressed it into each of the cookies to slightly spread out and flat. Doing this will allow the cookies to have a crinkle look.

the cookies pressed down.

Next, take the cookies out of the oven and transfer them to a wire rack to cool thoroughly and while cooling, begin to make the frosting.

Frosting:

To start, add the butter and cream cheese into the mixing bowl of a standing mixer and combine.

First, a little bit at a time, add in the powdered sugar and combined after each addition until smooth and fluffy.

Secondly, separate the frosting into two separate bowls, and in one bowl, pour in the lemon juice and combine until fully incorporated.

Thirdly, place 2 tablespoons of icing into each bowl and using a third bowl for the black icing.

Next, you will place the green food coloring gel into the first bowl creating a bright lime green, and to make sure the frosting isn’t too thin, add in a tablespoon of powdered sugar if needed.

In addition, you will proceed to place a few drops of the purple food coloring gel into the other bowl and combine. Again, if the frosting is too thin you can add a tablespoon of powdered sugar.

Furthermore, in the third bowl, you will add the black food coloring gel and combine until fully incorporated.

Assembling the cookies:

First, you will need a 10-inch wide plastic wrap sheet and place it onto a smooth surface.

Secondly, make two long ribbons of the green, purple, and black frosting lengthwise beside each other in the center of the plastic wrap.

the frosting lined in the middle of the plastic wrap.

Thirdly, roll the plastic wrap into a long tube to slightly combine the frostings. SEE PHOTO

Next, cut off one end of the plastic wrap and proceed to scoop into a pastry bag with a large star tip.

Finally, in a swirling motion, top the cookies with the frosting and bring them to a peak.

To finish, place the frosting aside for 30 minutes to firm, or set up a bit.

Serve and Enjoy!

A few of the cookies on a serving plate.

How Long Do They Last?

How long a recipe lasts depends on where it is stored. First, place the recipe into an airtight container for the best storage method. The recipe will need to be placed in the fridge due to the cream cheese in the recipe, so this will allow the recipe to last for a couple of days (2-3).

How to Create a multicolored frosting swirl?

Making the multicolored frosting for this recipe is super fun to do and super easy. Using a plastic wrap sheet about 10 inches in size is placed on a flat surface. Then, you will add the different colored frosting in vertical lines beside each other in the center of the plastic wrap. Next, you will wrap the plastic to form a tube of frosting and cut the end off one side. Finally, its added into a pastry bag with a large star tip and topped onto the cookies in a swirling motion that is brought up to a point.

A couple of the cookies on a table cloth.

More Halloween Recipes:

a couple of the cookies stacked on top of each other.

the cookies stacked by a glass of milk.

Halloween Cookies

Published By Jill
Pumpkin Spice Halloween Cookies are a fun and easy way to celebrate the season with your kids. These cookies can be made in under an hour, making them perfect for moms who have had long days at work or school. The pumpkin pie spice gives these cookies a unique flavor that will make you think of fall!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 40 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 Sticks of Butter - softened
  • 1 cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 cups of Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • Orange Food Coloring Gel

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • 4 Tablespoons of butter - softened
  • 4 ounces of Cream Cheese
  • 4 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • Lime Green Food Coloring Gel
  • Purple Food Coloring Gel
  • Black Food Coloring Gel

Instructions
 

  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, add the Butter, Sugar, Vanilla, Pumpkin Spice Syrup, and Egg, and blend until light and fluffy.  In a separate bowl, add the Flour, and Baking Powder, and stir well to blend.  Add the flour a little at a time and mix on low to blend, until all the flour is added.  Remove the Whisk attachment, and use the paddle.  Continue to blend the Cookie dough until it's completely blended and a smooth ball starts to form.  Add several drops (4 or 5 to start) of the Orange food coloring Gel, and blend into the dough.  If the color is not bright enough, add a couple more drops of the Orange Food Coloring Gel, and blend again, and continue until you get the desired color.  Scrape down the mixing bowl as needed.
  • Line two cookie sheets with Parchment paper, and roll the cookie dough into small balls, about 1 inch balls, and place the balls on the Parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or just until the cookies start to turn a light golden brown around the edges.  About halfway through baking the cookies, check the oven, and the cookies may have started to crack a little.  Take a flat bottom glass, dip it in Sugar before lightly applying it to each cookie - smash the cookies very gently, and slightly, making them a little flatter, and spread out a little more.  This will give the cookies a crinkle look.
  • When the cookies are done, remove them from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely.  While cookies are cooling, make the Frosting.
  • In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the softened Butter, and Cream Cheese, and blend to combine. Add the Powdered sugar a little at a time, blending after each addition, until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. Divide the Frosting evenly into two bowls.  Measure 2 Tablespoons of Icing out of each bowl, and add to a third bowl; this will be for the Black icing.   Add a few drops of the Green Food Coloring Gel, and stir to blend until the Frosting is bright lime green.  If the Frosting thinned a bit add a Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar and stir to blend.
  • In the other bowl, add a few drops of the Purple Food Coloring Gel, and stir to blend.  If the Frosting thinned a little, add a Tablespoon of Powdered Sugar, and stir well to blend.
  • In the third bowl, add a small amount of Black Food Coloring Gel, and stir until blended.
  • Using Plastic wrap (Glad wrap) tear off a piece about 10 inches wide, and place the Frosting length-wise in the middle of the plastic wrap; it will look like a long ribbon of Frosting.  Do this for the Green, Purple, and Black Frosting, placing the Black frosting in the center.   Then, roll the plastic wrap around the Frosting, making sure to keep it long, or length-wise like a long ribbon.  SEE PHOTO -  Snip the end off of the Plastic wrap, on one end only, and place it in a Pastry bag with the large Star Tip.  Pipe the frosting onto the cookies, using a swirl, and bring it up to a point.  Allow the Frosting to set or firm up a bit, about 30 minutes.   Serve, and Enjoy!

Notes

THE BLACK FROSTING WILL HAVE LESS FROSTING IN THE BOWL THAN THE GREEN AND PURPLE.  THAT'S OKAY, YOU ONLY WANT A SMALL STREAK OF THE BLACK BETWEEN THE OTHER TWO COLORS.
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