What makes these cookies so fun and easy is that they are decorated with Wilton Cookie Icing, which you can get in a variety of colors. This icing comes in a bottle, so there’s no need for a piping tip and bag. It can also be warmed up in the microwave, which makes it much easier to use.
While it doesn’t dry hard like royal icing, it will set smooth for a nice finish. Plus, it doesn’t need a full 24 hours to dry! This icing should be set and ready to go in just about 1 hour.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
Baking Halloween sugar cookies
Step 1: Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with a stand mixer or hand mixer until it’s light and fluffy, then beat in the egg and extracts.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, 1 cup at a time. This will prevent flour from poofing up all over your kitchen!
Step 4: On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out one portion of the dough to 1/8 in. thickness.
To prevent your dough from sticking to your cookie cutters, dip them in flour first. This will also help the cookies keep their shape in the oven.
Step 6: Next, repeat step 4 and 5 with the portion of dough that you set aside.
Make sure they’re completely cool before decorating.
How to use Cookie Icing
Wilton cookie icing is quick-setting and microwavable for easy decorating. Simply heat the bottle and squeeze! The cap is designed to act like a tip, so it’s easy to outline and flood your cookies.
How do you decorate Halloween cookies
Follow the microwave instructions on the cookie icing bottle to warm up your icing. This will make it much easier to pipe on your cookies.
I’m going to walk you through how to decorate the cookies shown here, but feel free to add your own fun decorations, too! Try all our fun cookie icing colors, or let the kids experiment with different Halloween sprinkles. There’s no wrong way to decorate these Halloween treats!
Black Pumpkin Cookies: Using the warm black cookie icing, fill in the pumpkin-shaped cookie. Immediately top with desired sprinkles.
Orange Pumpkin Cookies: Using the warm orange cookie icing, fill in the pumpkin-shaped cookie. Let it set slightly, about 15 minutes. Using the warm black cookie icing, pipe the eyes, nose and mouth.
Using the scribe tool or a toothpick, drag the wet icing from the center of the cookie to the pointed edge of the web. Continue the line on the opposite side, starting in the center and dragging icing to pointed edge. Be sure to wipe off the icing after each drag!
Repeat around the entire cookie for a total of 8 lines.
Black Web Cookies: Using the warm black cookie icing, fill in the web-shaped cookie. Immediately top icing with black sanding sugar. Let the icing set slightly, about 15 minutes.
Using the warm orange cookie icing, pipe lines, starting with straight horizontal and vertical lines (you’ll pipe a + shape), then piping diagonal lines (the x shape).
Connect the straight lines with small curved lines, forming a web shape.
Using the warm black cookie icing, pipe lines on the legs.
Black Spider Cookies: These cookies can get a little messy, so we suggest placing your cookies on a cooling grid over a sheet of parchment paper.
Using the warm black cookie icing, pipe the center of the spider cookie, allowing the icing to drip down the sides. Immediately top with candy eyeballs.
Using the warm black and orange cookie icings, pipe lines on the legs of the spider, alternating colors. You can gently shake the cookie to help the icing slide off the sides.
How to store your Halloween cookies
These cookies can be kept at room temperature for about a week. Since the cookie icing doesn’t dry hard, we don’t recommend stacking these, but you can arrange them in a single layer on a plate or in an air-tight container.
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