Halloween Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 8 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 dozen medium cookies 1x


Halloween sugar cookies are adorable, soft, and sweet cookies that are sure to create wonderful memories baking with your family and festive treats for this spooky holiday!



  • 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.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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