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Big Halloween Sugar Cookies

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Big Halloween Sugar Cookies
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 22

Don’t worry, these Halloween sugar cookies are all treats and no tricks! We love baking a big batch of black and orange decorated sugar cookies to get everyone in the spooky holiday spirit. This recipe is delicious and simple to make and includes two hours for the dough to cool in the refrigerator, so you can relax with your favorite scary movie before you put it in the oven. Master this recipe and then make it your own by switching up the colors to bake these festive cookies throughout the year. We can’t think of a holiday that wouldn’t benefit from these colorful and delicious sugar cookies! MORE+ LESS-

Updated September 14, 2020
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

1
cup butter, softened
1
cup granulated sugar
1
egg
1 1/2
teaspoons vanilla
2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon baking powder
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
cup coarse black sanding sugar
1/4
cup coarse orange sanding sugar

Steps

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  • 1
    Line 2 cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper. In large bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add granulated sugar, beating until blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half; shape each half into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 375°F. Unwrap 1 portion of dough; keep remaining dough in refrigerator. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; heavily roll in sanding sugars. On cookie sheets, place balls 2 inches apart. Barely flatten cookies to about 1-inch thickness using palms. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • 3
    Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.

Expert Tips

  • This recipe uses black and orange coarse sanding sugar to give these cookies their bright color and a slight, sugary crunch. If you don’t have coarse sanding sugar available, substitute either Turbinado sugar (coarse golden sugar) or pearl sugar (coarse clear sugar). Take a look through our Guide to Using Decorative Sugars and Sprinkles for more helpful tips!
  • Use a cookie scoop to keep your cookies all the same size which will help them bake more evenly. And remember, oven-times may vary so keep an eye on your cookies, so they don’t bake for too long.
  • Make clean-up a breeze by using a sheet of parchment paper over your cookie sheets! Wipe it down and re-use for your next batch of cookies.
  • Are you looking for a gluten-free sugar cookie recipe you can serve alongside these Halloween cookies? We love this simple recipe for Gluten-Free Cake Mix Sugar Cookies that will be a tasty favorite for Halloween or any other holiday you need them for!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
170
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
0%
Saturated Fat
5g
0%
Sodium
115mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
22g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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