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Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

Cut out sugar cookies in halloween shapes with a glaze and decorated with gel frosing

Cut out sugar cookies with a glaze or butter cream frosting

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

to make with your family or to give away.

Rolls out easily, works wonderfully with cookie cutters and the taste is amazing. Not too sweet, is soft and holds it shape.

I also have a glaze that does not compete with the cookie and sets up fabulous and nice as a canvas for gel frosting or can stand on its own.

AND I share a buttercream frosting so the kiddos can have a blast decorating, or you to wax creative.

Come on, you know you want to try these, they are DELISH! I’ll show you how.


Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
½ cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla

1 lemon, zest
2 Tbl. honey
Dash nutmeg
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
4-5 cups flour

Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 325 degrees
Cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

Add eggs, milk, vanilla lemon zest, honey and mix well.

Next add in the salt and baking soda and baking powder and combine into the creamed mixture.

Pour in 3 cups of the flour and mix.

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

Do NOT mix more than needed, just enough to combine.

Add in ½ cup at a time until the dough is soft and barely slightly sticky dough to the touch.

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

You need to be able to handle the dough and roll it out, but it can’t be too sticky either.

Caution: Adding in too much flour, or over-mixing makes the dough tough.

On a large clean surface spread a layer of powdered sugar.

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

That’s right powdered sugar.Place a portion of the cookie dough on the powdered sugar, sprinkle more powdered sugar over top and roll out to 3/8” thickness.

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

The reason for powdered sugar and not flour, is that it doesn’t make the dough tough.Cut to desired shapes.Bake on parchment or for best results, or coat a non-stick pan with cooking spray (but if using the pan and not the parchment.

I found I needed to work at loosening the cookies afterwords)

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

Bake for 10-12 minutes or just until the edges are beginning to turn brown.Allow to cool then remove to cooling racks to frost or glaze. 

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

These were glazed then decorated with the Decorating Icing tubes.


Best Cookie Glaze

2 ¼ cups powdered sugar
2 Tbl. corn syrup
½ tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. almond extract
2-3 Tbl. milk

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

Mix ingredients together well; beginning with 1 Tbl. milk

Add just enough milk to make a glaze to your desired consistency.

Dip cookie to glaze

Best Cut Out Halloween Sugar Cookies

OR use a spatula to coat the surface if cookie is a cut out such as the shapes shown above for best results

Butter Cream Frosting


1 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp.salt
3 ½ – 4 cups powdered sugar
2-4 Tbl. milk or cream
Gel or paste food coloring if desired


Beat together butter, sugar, salt and vanilla and 1 Tbl. cream or milk.

Add in additional milk or cream to desired consistency.

If desired beat in food coloring.

Cookie and glaze adapted from dancingwithcinderella, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015, 2018

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