Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween sugar cookies filled with cream cheese frosting will be the hit at any Halloween party you attend or have.  Make them once and you will be making them all year long.

You can never go wrong with yummy pumpkin desserts around the holidays that is why you should try this caramel pumpkin brownie skillet, this ooey gooey pumpkin cobbler or these amazing salted caramel pumpkin cupcakes!

Halloween sugar cookies lined in a baking dish with white parchment paper on a black background filled with orange and black colored cream cheese frosting, by The Food Cafe

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Halloween sugar cookies

It’s finally September which means the stores have officially gone beyond Halloween and jumped right into Christmas, but I am here to slow things down and enjoy every delicious bite of these Halloween sugar cookies filled with luscious cream cheese frosting.

It’s crazy to think that once September comes we should have our kids Halloween costumes, all our Christmas shopping done, oh and have all our pies made for Thanksgiving!  Well I am still rejoicing that my daughter is finally old enough to be in school and I get to have some time to bake. 

halloween sugar cookie recipe with pumpkin shaped cookie cut outs decorated with orange sugar and and orange cream cheese frosting laying on a black metal cooling rack, by The Food Cafe.

This Halloween sugar cookie recipe will be one that will last a life time, just change the pumpkin cookie cut outs to turkey’s or shamrocks, or easter eggs, or the menorah etc, and the sugar cookies just keep going month after month and month.

This sugar cookie recipe is super easy and you don’t have to let it chill, you can start making your adorable halloween cookies right away.

How to make homemade sugar cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add sour cream and half of the dry ingredients. Mix for 1 minute. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  4. Roll dough out on a floured surface and cut out sugar cookies. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool.

How to decorate sugar cookies

Once you have made your sugar cookie dough, roll it out too desired thickness of cookies.  Using a pumpkin cookie cutter (or cookie cutter of choice) cut out your pumpkin sugar cookies and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Once you have all your cookies cut out, place the cookie cutter back over the cut out and top it with sugar sprinkle. Press the sugar into the cookies with your fingers or the back of a spoon.  Make sure to only add the sugar sprinkles to every other cookie, the plain cookies will be getting frosted. Two images of halloween sugar cookies, one shows putting sprinkles on the top of the sugar cookies on a white background, and the other showing the sugar cookies on a white piece of parchment paper ready for the oven, by The Food Cafe.

Bake cookies for 6-8 minutes in a 400 degree oven (make sure not to over cook) and allow to cool.  While cookies are cooling make your frosting.  I like to use the gel food coloring in black and orange. Mix one container of whipped cream cheese frosting with powdered sugar and a tsp of food coloring.  Place in a piping bag or use a spatula or spoon to frost all the cookies WITHOUT the sugar sprinkles. Gently add the sugared pumpkin tops to the frosted cookies and push together. Serve and enjoy. Four images showing how to make orange and black frosting for halloween sugar cookies, by The Food Cafe.

How do you store cookies with frosting?

Store cookies in an airtight container lined with parchment paper for up to one week.

How do you stop cookies from spreading?

If you line your cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking mat your cookies will be able to retain their shape. If you use butter or nonstick spray the cookies will be more likely too spread since the surface is greasy.

Halloween sugar cookies on a white background stacked on top of each other alternating the orange frosted cookies with the black frosted cookies by The Food Cafe.

So this Fall make your Halloween sugar cookies extra delicious and stack them up filled with whipped cream cheese frosting.  They make the perfect party treats that will bring out all the ghost and goblins in your neighborhood.

Halloween sugar cookies

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Halloween sugar cookies recipe

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Servings: 16 cookies
Halloween sugar cookies filled with cream cheese frosting will be the hit at any Halloween party you attend or have. Make them once and you will be making them all year long.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
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Ingredients

Sugar cookie dough

  • 3-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup sour cream

Frosting

  • 2 16oz containers whipped cream cheese frosting
  • ½ cup powdered sugar divided
  • Orange and black food gel/coloring
  • Orange sugar sprinkles

Instructions

Sugar cookies

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Add sour cream and half of the dry ingredients. Mix for 1 minute. Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut out sugar cookies. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top every other cookie with sugar sprinkles and bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Frosting

  • Using two separate mixing bowls make the frosting. Add one container of whipped cream cheese frosting, ¼ cup powdered sugar and orange gel food coloring to one bowl and mix until combined.
  • Repeat for the black frosting.
  • Once cookies have cooled, place frosting in a piping bag or use a spatula and frost the cookies without the sprinkles.
  • Grab one cookie with sprinkles and one cookie with frosting and gently sandwich them together. Continue to do the same with all the cookies. Serve and enjoy.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sugar cookies, frosted sugar cookies, decorated sugar cookies, halloween sugar cookies
Author: Shannon

Nutrition

Calories: 205kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 263mg, Potassium: 24mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 414IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg

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