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Halloween Sugar Cookies

Easy

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Nadia Boachie

Nadia Boachie

Instagram
Halloween Sugar Cookies

Method

Halloween Sugar Cookies 17 Steps

  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 350°F and prep a couple of baking sheets lined with parchment paper. 

  • Step 2

    Using a stand mixer, cream your butter and sugar together for about 1 minute. Add your eggs one at a time and your vanilla. Mix until combined. This can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 1.5 minutes. Scrape bottom of bowl if needed to make sure everything is mixed together. 

  • Step 3

    In a bowl, mix together your dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  • Step 4

    Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until just combined. About 30 seconds.  

  • Step 5

    Divide the dough into two equal portions. Divide one of the two portions into 3. 

  • Step 6

    Half the dough should go into a big bowl. The other half of the dough that was divided into thirds should go in three separate bowls. 

  • Step 7

    Black Cookie Dough: Add 3 tablespoons of black cocoa to the biggest portions of the dough. Using a tooth pick add black food colour gel to the cookie dough and using a metal or wooden spoon, mix properly until dough is evenly black. Add more food colouring depending on colour you want to achieve. The food colouring is only necessary if you want a deeper black colour. Black cocoa powder is naturally dark and will colour your dough.

  • Step 8

    Green Cookie Dough: In one of the other three smaller bowls, add matcha powder and green food colour gel and mix (adjust amount of gel if you please). I tend to use a little less matcha, closer to 1 1/2 tablespoons because matcha can be a bit bitter. The food colouring is only necessary if you want a deeper green colour. Matcha powder is naturally green and will colour your dough.  

  • Step 9

    Red Cookie Dough: In the second of the three smaller bowls, add 1 tablespoon of dutch processed cocoared food colour gel and mix (adjust amount of gel if you please, to get a deeper red). 

  • Step 10

    Orange Cookie Dough: In the third of the three smaller bowls, add 1 tablespoon of flourthe zest of half an orangeorange food colour gel, and mix (adjust amount of gel if you please, to get a deeper orange). I find it hard to find orange food colouring so I just mix red and yellow most times. Note: to make orange you need more yellow than red food colouring gel. 

  • Step 11

    Combinations are up to you but since this recipe makes more black cookie dough, I tend to pair black with the other three colours. Black-red, black-green and black-orange. Remember this recipe makes 22-24 cookies.

  • Step 12

    Take a tablespoon of each dough and combine the dough by rolling between the palms of your hands.

  • Step 13

    In a small bowl, add extra granulated sugar and toss each ball of cookie dough in it. 

  • Step 14

    Bake cookie dough balls on your baking sheets, spaced out so they do not touch each other after spreading in oven (about 2 inches).

  • Step 15

    Bake until edges are slightly browning. They may not look brown at all if your colours are bold but just trust the bake time and intuition. I usually know they are ready to come out because they puff up and are just the slightest bit glossy in the centre. Note: the centre will be soft when you take them out but they should set once cool. My cookies are usually great after 13.5 minutes. 

  • Step 16

    When you take them out, allow to cool on a baking sheet and transfer to a wire rack. 

  • Step 17

    They freeze well or store in an airtight container and eat within 3 days for optimal freshness. 

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Toronto Recipes

Sugar Cookie Recipes

Halloween recipes

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Easy

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Nadia Boachie

Nadia Boachie

Instagram
Halloween Sugar Cookies

Yields:

Serves 24

Prep Time:

0 hours 30 mins

Cook Time:

0 hours 12 mins

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Ingredients

Halloween Sugar Cookies

  • 2 cups (454 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2 1/2 cups (500 grams) granulated sugar, plus more for coating

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) vanilla extract

  • 2 1/4 cups (270 grams) all-purpose flour (1 extra tablespoon for orange cookies)

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons black cocoa 

  • 1 tablespoon Dutch processed cocoa 

  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons matcha powder

  • Zest of half an orange 

  • Red, black, orange (or red + yellow) and green food colouring gel 

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Method

Halloween Sugar Cookies 17 Steps

  • Step 1

    Preheat your oven to 350°F and prep a couple of baking sheets lined with parchment paper. 

  • Step 2

    Using a stand mixer, cream your butter and sugar together for about 1 minute. Add your eggs one at a time and your vanilla. Mix until combined. This can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 1.5 minutes. Scrape bottom of bowl if needed to make sure everything is mixed together. 

  • Step 3

    In a bowl, mix together your dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

  • Step 4

    Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix until just combined. About 30 seconds.  

  • Step 5

    Divide the dough into two equal portions. Divide one of the two portions into 3. 

  • Step 6

    Half the dough should go into a big bowl. The other half of the dough that was divided into thirds should go in three separate bowls. 

  • Step 7

    Black Cookie Dough: Add 3 tablespoons of black cocoa to the biggest portions of the dough. Using a tooth pick add black food colour gel to the cookie dough and using a metal or wooden spoon, mix properly until dough is evenly black. Add more food colouring depending on colour you want to achieve. The food colouring is only necessary if you want a deeper black colour. Black cocoa powder is naturally dark and will colour your dough.

  • Step 8

    Green Cookie Dough: In one of the other three smaller bowls, add matcha powder and green food colour gel and mix (adjust amount of gel if you please). I tend to use a little less matcha, closer to 1 1/2 tablespoons because matcha can be a bit bitter. The food colouring is only necessary if you want a deeper green colour. Matcha powder is naturally green and will colour your dough.  

  • Step 9

    Red Cookie Dough: In the second of the three smaller bowls, add 1 tablespoon of dutch processed cocoared food colour gel and mix (adjust amount of gel if you please, to get a deeper red). 

  • Step 10

    Orange Cookie Dough: In the third of the three smaller bowls, add 1 tablespoon of flourthe zest of half an orangeorange food colour gel, and mix (adjust amount of gel if you please, to get a deeper orange). I find it hard to find orange food colouring so I just mix red and yellow most times. Note: to make orange you need more yellow than red food colouring gel. 

  • Step 11

    Combinations are up to you but since this recipe makes more black cookie dough, I tend to pair black with the other three colours. Black-red, black-green and black-orange. Remember this recipe makes 22-24 cookies.

  • Step 12

    Take a tablespoon of each dough and combine the dough by rolling between the palms of your hands.

  • Step 13

    In a small bowl, add extra granulated sugar and toss each ball of cookie dough in it. 

  • Step 14

    Bake cookie dough balls on your baking sheets, spaced out so they do not touch each other after spreading in oven (about 2 inches).

  • Step 15

    Bake until edges are slightly browning. They may not look brown at all if your colours are bold but just trust the bake time and intuition. I usually know they are ready to come out because they puff up and are just the slightest bit glossy in the centre. Note: the centre will be soft when you take them out but they should set once cool. My cookies are usually great after 13.5 minutes. 

  • Step 16

    When you take them out, allow to cool on a baking sheet and transfer to a wire rack. 

  • Step 17

    They freeze well or store in an airtight container and eat within 3 days for optimal freshness. 

Tags:

Toronto Recipes

Sugar Cookie Recipes

Halloween recipes

Halloween Sugar Cookies