Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween Sugar Cookies

I have always loved the look of royal icing on cookies. If done right it can really make something impressive. But sometimes it’s more fun to make something slightly less impressive but much more fun. That’s when I came up with this Halloween Sugar Cookie recipe.

Basically I modified my grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe with a bit of cocoa powder to make the dough more Halloween-y.

Halloween Sugar Cookies



  • 1 C Butter
  • 1C Shortening
  • 2 C Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 t Vanilla
  • 4 C Flour
  • 1 1/2 C cocoa powder
  • 1 t Salt


Preheat oven to 350*

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Cream the butter, shortening and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Stir in Vanilla.

Stir your dry ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix just until the dough comes together. Be careful not  to overmix. Over mixing can cause the cookies to spread as the bake.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour.

Roll out the dough to about ½ inch thick. An cut out cookie shapes.

To ensure the cookies hold their shape as they bake, place the cut out cookies into the fridge to chill for 10 minutes.

Bake cookies for 8-12 minutes depending on the size of your cookies.

Halloween Sugar Cookies
Royal Icing


  • About 6 cups of confectioner’s sugar
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 1 t Cream of Tartar
  • 1 t Vanilla


Stir together sugar and cream of tartar. Add egg whites to the sugar mixture and mix until smooth.

If you’re not going to use it right away make sure to place the icing in an airtight container or in a bowl with cling wrap touching the surface of the icing so that it doesn’t dry out.

The hubster and I had so much fun making these…. Well I had fun making them… He had fun eating them. The shortening in these cookies keeps them ever so tender and delicious. Have fun baking!


Halloween Sugar Cookies

10 thoughts on “Halloween Sugar Cookies”

  1. Ah I am so excited it is starting to be fall. I love getting ready to be with the family! I am loving how cute these cookies are. Giving me some major sugar cooking design inspiration!

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