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I hope that everyone has a wonderful, safe Halloween!!

Sugar Cookies
My mom’s recipe

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
2 – 2 1/2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and mix well. Add the salt, baking powder, vanilla and milk. Add in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is soft, but not sticky.

Roll out and cut into shapes. Bake for 8 minutes at 375F.

*The wonderful thing about this dough is that it doesn’t have to be refrigerated first. I did, but only about 20 minutes, and it rolled out perfectly.

**My secret for making the perfect sugar cookie is to under-cook them by at least 1 minute. With these, I baked them 3 minutes, rotated the pans, then cooked 3 minutes longer. Then I let them sit on the hot baking sheet for about 2 minutes out of the oven.

Butter Cream Icing
from Lion House Desserts

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup shortening
4 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup water

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, shortening and sugar and beat until very creamy. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add water and mix until very light.

Decorating Icing – for Spider Web Cookies
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Beat all ingredients well. To make spider web cookies, spread icing on cookies while they are still hot. Draw a circles (like a bullseye) on each cookie with black decorating gel, and using a toothpick, draw a line from the center out to the edge of the cookie. Repeat, making the spider web design.

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18 Responses to Sugar Cookies, Butter Cream Icing and Decorating Icing

  1. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Beautiful cookies! I especially love the spider web design.

  2. Kevin says:

    Great looking cookies especially the spiderwebs.

  3. glamah16 says:

    Love your spider web design.Great looking cookies.

  4. Claire says:

    ALWAYS looking for a good sugar cookie recipe. These look yummy.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Happy Halloween! Great looking cookies!!

  6. Emilie says:

    Happy Halloween!!! I can’t see the picture, but the recipe sounds so great. I love icing.

  7. Pinch My Salt says:

    I love the spider web ones! I am just now baking my halloween sugar cookies. They may be a day late but I couldn’t go without making them!

  8. April says:

    These look great! Hope you had a great Halloween!

  9. Valli says:

    These cookies look perfect for all the spook-tacular events over Hallowe’en. I went to a friends house where they had put up a haunted tent. The kids and kids at heart loved it!

  10. Brilynn says:

    So pretty!
    I was making spiderweb designs like that in our soup last night!

  11. Abby says:

    I’m a day late and a dollar short getting here, but Happy (belated) Halloween! Your cookies were gorgeous!

  12. kellypea says:

    Very nice! I haven’t made Halloween cookies in years. And sugar cookies are a fave around here.

  13. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Such cute cookies! Hope you had a great Halloween, Deborah!

  14. Glenna says:

    The spider webs are SO cute! I just love them!

  15. Mansi Desai says:

    The cookies look great Deb! I made spider cupcakes for halloween and blogged about them! your design looks inviting, not spooky:) I could grab one right out of the pic!!

  16. Francesca says:

    very nice!

  17. Michele says:

    These cookies look delicious (and if I can re-create your beautiful spiderweb design, they’ll be perfect for Halloween!) Thanks so much for the recipe, Deborah! We are proud to have it in this week’s FoodieView Recipe Roundup.

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