Friday, October 12, 2012

Halloween Sugar Cookie Cutouts…

45 degrees - 10:03 am - foggy and raining...

I love Halloween!  It’s the perfect excuse to regress back to childhood; you get to dress us, watch films you know you shouldn’t because they’re scary and gorge yourself on more sweets than are good for you.

Since we live on top of a mountain and only have one semi-close neighbor, we instead go over to a friend’s home every year and trick-or-treat with their family.  Actually, it is this same friend who gave me this deliciously yummy sugar cookie recipe which I absolutely love.  {Thank you Hollie!!!}   

Besides being super delicious another thing I love about sugar cookies is –they are infinitely customizable!  So we end up making them for all the holidays, not just Halloween.  Hope you have as much fun making these as we do!

~Halloween Sugar Cookie Cutouts~
¾ cup butter
1 c sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 ¾ c flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

Cream together the butter, sugar, almond extract and vanilla extract.  Then beat in one egg at a time.

In a separate bowl, mix the flower, baking powder and salt.  Slowly beat the flour mixture into the sugar/butter mixture and mix until completely combined.

Chill dough about 45 minutes.  Roll out onto floured surface to desired thickness, 3-4mm is a good thickness, and cut out with cookie cutters.

Cut your shapes and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

Bake 375° degrees for 8-10 minutes. (Brown is overdone)

Remove from oven and let stand on cookie sheet 2-4 minutes.  Remove to cooling racks.  Frost the cookies when they have completely cooled.

~Cookie Frosting Recipe~
½ bowl of powdered sugar
¼ c butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring

Blend together and add extra powdered sugar or milk until desired consistency.