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Halloween Sugar Cookies

What’s the next best thing to Halloween Cupcakes? Halloween Cookies…of course!

My friends, I’ll have to admit…I can bake a pretty mean cupcake. Cut out decorated sugar cookies…umm that’s a different story! I honestly think I’m out of practice. You know how you always tell your kiddos, practice makes perfect, well…I think I need to practice what I preach.

I was super excited to receive a box of Wilton goodies as part of the Walmart Moms program, and took on the challenge of cookies and cupcakes! {watch for those on Cupcake Tuesday} Some of the supplies they sent were some I am familiar with and use all the time but some were new to me. I have been wanting to use the Candy Eyeballs forever, {super excited to see those} and love the Cookie Cutters too. A girl can never have enough cookie cutters…right?

First thing to do was to bake the cookies, I have made and shared several recipes for cut out cookies with you, like the Candy Corn Cookie SandwichesAlmond Cookies and even this really old post, Sugar Cookies made with sour cream and cinnamon in them {our favorite}. But I have never tried the Wilton recipe for Roll Out Cookies, so I wanted to give it a try.

Then it was time to decorate the cookies. Cut out sugar cookies are typically decorated with Royal Icing, I decided to use the Buttercream Icing instead. I have a few opinions on Royal Icing…(1) Although it looks beautiful, if you are in a hurry it isn’t the best option because it has to typically set for 24 hours. (2) If you are not familiar using Royal Icing, {like me} it can be difficult to use, and (3) I like the taste of Buttercream instead of Royal Icing.

Here are the cookie supplies I received plus a few other Wilton products. The Treat Box in the photo above is also from Wilton, wouldn’t your neighbor or friend be surprised with some cookies in this Treat Box?

How to Decorate Halloween Sugar Cookies

How to Decorate Halloween Sugar Cookies

HoosierHomemade.com shares how to decorate Halloween Sugar Cookies.


  • Buttercream Icing
  • Decorator Bags, Couplers and Tips
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Orange, Black, Red Coloring
  • Orange, Black Red Sparkle Gel
  • Eyes
  • Sprinkles and Sugar



  1. Frost with orange icing and pipe on Orange Sparkle Gel.
  2. Sprinkle with Orange sugar.
  3. Add Halloween Sprinkles for the stem.
  4. And for the face, I used the Candy Eyeballs, Candy Corn for the nose, Orange M&M’s for the cheeks and the smile is Black Sparkle Gel.

Candy Corn

  1. Frosting with white icing.
  2. Fit a Decorator Bag with Tip #3 and fill with white icing.
  3. Pipe around the Candy Corn and section it into thirds.
  4. Sprinkle bottom section with yellow sugar and the middle with orange sugar.


  1. Frost with white icing and smooth {see notes}.
  2. Fit a Decorator Bag with Tip #3 and fill with white icing, pipe around head.
  3. Add Candy Eyeballs , pipe on a small white nose.
  4. Fit a Decorator Bag with Tip #1 and fill with black icing, pipe on the mouth and hair.

Black Cat

  1. Frost with black icing and smooth {see notes}.
  2. Add Black Sparkle Gel around the edge of the cat, green sprinkles for the eyes.
  3. For the nose, add a small dot of black Sparkle Gel and pipe on whiskers with Tip #1 and white icing.

Notes: To make the icing smooth, frost cookie and run an [offset spatula | http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000VM56G/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=hoosihomem-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369] under hot water to smooth

The result…Doug and the boys thought they were good, my opinion…I still like the Sugar Cookies the best, although I did like these too.

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Cut Out Sugar Cookies Recipe adapted by HoosierHomemade.com from Wilton.com


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 3/4 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
  3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy and light
  4. Add egg and extracts, mix well
  5. Combine flour, baking powder and salt
  6. Gradually add to butter mixture, mixing after each addition
  7. Divide dough into 2 balls
  8. Roll out onto floured surface approximately 1/8 inch thick
  9. Cut with cookie cutters
  10. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 6-8 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation  for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.

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