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halloween decorated monster iced sugar cookies

Halloween Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 dozen medium cookies 1x


These Halloween Sugar Cookies are such an easy Halloween food idea! As a lover of sweets, I'm of the firm belief that sugar cookies aren't just for Christmas, and candy isn't just for Halloween! Celebrate this fun (and sometimes spooky) holiday by baking a big batch of these festive sugar cookies with your loved ones this Halloween season!


  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Additional flour as needed and more for rolling out the cookies


  1. Cream shortening and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add one egg at a time, beating to combine after each addition.
  3. Add the sour cream and vanilla, and beat to combine.
  4. Next, add dry ingredients, and mix all together. Dough should be tacky without being sticky (you might need to add a little more flour as needed).
  5. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.
  6. When you are ready to roll and cut your cookies, divide the dough into 2 pieces.
  7. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, roll it out to 1/2-inch thick on a lightly floured surface.
  8. Cut out your cookies and move them to an un-greased cookie sheet. Gather any dough scraps and repeat. Repeat with remaining dough.
  9. Bake cookies at 350 degrees F. for 7 to 10 minutes.  The cookies will still be very light on top and just a little golden-brown on the bottom. Let them cool 5 minutes on the tray before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  10. Decorate with your favorite butter cream frosting.
  11. Store extras in an airtight container or unfrosted cookies in the freezer for much longer.


  • I don't use shortening often (this recipe and pie crust are just about it), but it really helps the cookies to keep their shape. All butter cookies tend to either be a bit crunchy (like a shortbread) or spread when baked.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

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