Spooktacular Halloween Cut-out Cookies

Halloween is usually a night to dress up and get trashed on a extra weird night out. Or, as it was this year, Halloween falls on a Monday and it becomes a night of baking cookies and watching Hocus Pocus.

Either one sounds good to me. 

If you're like me, then you did not prepare for this bake. So you don't have fancy Halloween sprinkles or adorable pumpkin-flavors at hand.  You do, however, have some cute cut-outs from a 100+ cookie cutter bin you bought on Amazon on a whim one time (it just made more financial sense!). So this is one you whip up with basic ingredients, in between passing out candy to Trick-or-Treaters.

Relax, heat up some cider, and decorate the fudge out these cookies.


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup water


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt together.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar into the butter with a spatula until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix the flour combination into the butter mixture. Stir until incorporated, and pat together into a large dough ball. Wrap in plastic and place in the freezer to chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, clean up yo' kitchen and get a smooth, floured surface ready. Roll that dough out, and cut into neat shapes. Place on a nongreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  5. To make the icing, mix the 1/2 the confectioner sugar with 1-2 tablespoon water until completely smooth and a little tacky. Place in a plastic piping bag or ziplock and snip the tiniest bit off the corner (as small as you can).
  6. Do the same with the rest of the confectioners sugar and the cocoa. Stir until completely combined and place into a piping bag or ziplock.
  7. Decorate to your hearts content!

Boo! Happy Halloween!

 Happy baking!


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