These soft chewy sugar cookies have been a holiday cookies tradition at our house for years! We make them as pumpkin-shaped cookies at Halloween, star-shaped cookies at Christmas time, heart-shaped cookies for Valentine's Day! They are so delicious- here's the recipe to enjoy your own Halloween Pumpkin Sugar Cookies!
If you are planning a Halloween class party for your kids at school- these are an awesome treat to bring in undecorated and allow the kids to frost them and add the candies themselves!
I am warning you- this dough is addictive! Its hard to actually get it into the oven without eating it first!
Be sure to bake your cookies on parchment paper so they keep their shape! Then decorate with orange frosting, candy corn for eyes, a chocolate chip for the nose, and pipe on the jack-o-lantern mouth with black decorator icing!
Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe:
- 2 cups butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 cups of flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup solid white vegetable shortening
- ½ teaspoon of Wilton clear vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of Wilton butter flavoring
- ¼ teaspoon of Wilton almond extract
- 2 Tablespoons of milk
- 1-lb. confectioner’s sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Wilton meringue powder
- Candy corn
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Black decorating frosting
- Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl and add to butter mixture. Mix well.
- Chill in large pancake shapes wrapped in parchment or waxed paper for 1 to 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees before baking cookies. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats to prevent cookies from spreading.
- On a surface dusted with powdered sugar (my favorite tip!), roll dough to approx ⅛″ thick. Use holiday cookie cutters dipped in powdered sugar to cut dough into shapes.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until just beginning to turn brown around the edges.
- Cream shortening, flavorings, and milk.
- Add dry ingredients and mix on medium speed until all ingredients have been thoroughly mixed together. Blend an additional minute or so, until creamy. (You can add more milk, one tablespoon at a time to thin the icing a bit for piping).
- Use the candy corn, mini, chocolate chips, and black frosting to decorate the cookies.
This recipe makes up to 5 dozen 4-6″ cookies.
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