Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween Sugar Cookies
My 5-year old’s creation

It was a very brisk and beautiful day. My kids and I just got back from a long walk to the park. The kids have been begging me to make Halloween cookies for a while so we decided it would be the perfect afternoon project. I grabbed my old Betty Crocker’s cookbook and found a recipe for sugar cookies. I had some buttercream frosting in the cupboard along with some Halloween frosting, chocolate chips, and coconut to decorate the cookies with. We made the dough and realized it needed to chill for at least 2 hours. We had friends come for dinner that night and never got a chance to bake the cookies.

After another long walk (it’s a good way to get all their pent-up energy out) we ended up making the cookies the next afternoon. Both kids enjoyed using the spooky Halloween cookie cutters and watching their cookies bake. They happily frosted and decorated their cookies for over an hour. It was neat to see how proud they were of their masterpieces. It was a fun time spent together and a great way to spend a cloudy and cold afternoon. Oh, and the cookies tasted really good too.

How to Make Halloween Sugar Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar

  • 1 cup of butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 1 egg

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and egg together until creamy. Stir in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly. Cover the dough very well and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat the baking sheet lightly with cooking spray. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut cookies into whatever shapes you desire.

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Make sure everyone gets a turn!

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown.

Halloween Sugar CookiesCool cookies on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring to a cooling rack. Make sure you let the cookies completely cool before frosting them.

Halloween Sugar CookiesOnce the cookies are frosted, let your little ones decorate until their heart’s content. I let mine decorate with anything I had in the baking cupboard.

Halloween Sugar Cookies

I can’t tell you how much fun they had and how much I enjoyed watching them. Both my kids said they were the best cookies ever. I must admit they were pretty tasty, messy, but tasty.

Halloween Sugar Cookies
My 3-year old’s creations



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  1. noble pig says:

    Seriously the little hands pic is just adorable. You know they just loved this.

  2. This is (I think) my first time commenting on your blog, but I totally “stalk” it… and love it. You always have awesome but do-able recipes, and the pictures make me (literally) salivate. 🙂

    The cookies look fantastic. Great job, kids! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ooooh, I let out a mom sigh when I saw those little hands! What a great shot! And seeing them at their decorating stations, well, let me tell you it brought a huge smile to my face. Their cookies are adorable; how could they not be when created by such adorable chefs! Great post!

  4. Cheri Sicard says:

    I don’t have kids, but making such cookies represents some of my fondest childhood memories. Someday your kids will realize how lucky they were to have a Mom who did such a wonderful thing for them.

  5. what a perfect way to bond with your kids… they look so serious with their baking, and cute too 🙂

  6. Girl Japan says:

    This is SO adorable, oh it sure looks like so much fun, brings back memories with my mum = ) I have been having trouble getting cream or tartar.. any replacement suggestions?

  7. soulchocolate says:

    This is a beautiful hands-on way to teach children about the joy of baking!!! Your adorable children looked so focused doing this! How sweet!

  8. What A Dish! says:

    Awwww- we usually do the exact same thing before Halloween and I use that exact same recipe- I love it. It’s the one my mom uses too.

    And I enjoy your blog too- I’ve made a few of your soup recipes. (I love soup). Almost everything you make seems like something I would make! Keep the recipes coming. 😉

  9. Your little children are just precious! I love making cut out cookies for Halloween-even more so than for Christmas. Can’t wait to do it with my little charges.

  10. I love these! I can only imagine how much fun they had, and then reaping the benefits and eating them!

  11. Katherine Aucoin says:

    The picture with the little hands is so cute. They both look like they were having a terrific time! Great way to get them interested in the kitchen and taking ownership.

  12. What fun! Your kids are adorable and the cookies turned out great!

  13. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    That is so adorable – how fun for you and them of course!! 🙂

  14. Happy cook says:

    Oh those small hands are so cute.

  15. Ok that makes me want to do it! Meggies hands are looking so mature, look at those long fingers!

  16. How fun! It is definately time to decorate sugar cookies for Halloween! It looks like you have some great helpers!

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  17. wütende Bäckerfrau says:

    aw thats cute. I love bakin with my neices-3 & 5, and my nephews-6 & 8. it's fun to see what they think of to do, decorating-wise. these look delicious!

  18. Live.Love.Eat says:

    These pics are too cute. I love seeing kids in the kitchen. Still working on my little guy.

  19. I’m going to be making Halloween cookies with my 3 year old this week. I’m sure he will have tons of fun. The cookies your kids made are totally cute.

  20. I could see the work of little hands in the very first picture. I know they enjoyed themselves immensely!

  21. Anonymous says:


  22. It’s fun to let your kids have free reign in the kitchen- every once in a while. I love the pics of their little hands. Very cute. We love sugar cookies.
    BTW- we made your potstickers over the weekend. . . and ate all 60 of them in one sitting. Very yum.

  23. The Blonde Duck says:

    I love the little hands pressing down on the cookie cutter. These pictures make me want my own little ones to make cookies with!

    Don’t tell my husband. He’ll have a heart attack.

    Think dogs can make cookies?

  24. I love it when the kids have a hand in baking up a treat. This was a great post the the kids did a fantastic and very artistic job 😉 You have some budding pastry chefs on your hands.

  25. *Priscilla* says:

    i used to love it when my older sister and mom used to let me help them out with sugar cookies when i was younger…those cookies look delicious and your kids did a great job!

  26. Cute! My boys love decorating sugar cookies too. These look like a ton of fun.

  27. Im worried Lowen would just get in such a mess doing this – oh well!! Perhaps will let her loose….in the garden

  28. your kids do good work! frankly, i think they did a better job than i could ever do! (i could never color inside the lines either…) 🙂

  29. Your kids decorated those? Wow, good for them. They look perfect for the holiday, and very spooky 🙂

  30. mysweetestday says:

    your kids are adorable!

  31. Preppy Sue says:

    Just found your blog! My mouth is watering as I’m looking at all of these fabulous recipes!

    I love to bake with my children too. The Halloween cookies look fantastic, I bet they were thrilled with their work!

  32. Aw my sugar cookies never look so great! Good for you guys, I bet that was super fun.

  33. Love this Pam and really love these little hands making cookies, so cute!!!!! Remember my childs when were little, nice age! xxGloria

  34. I used to do this every year with my kids when they were little, now that I see the picture of your kids doing it makes me miss mine just a little.

  35. What fun! Makes me wish I lived closer to my little cousins so I could do this with them!

  36. What a great post and I love the little hands pressing the cookies cutters! Makes me miss my kids being little. It goes by all too fast.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Are these soft sugar cookies, or hard ones?

  38. Those cookies look so yummy…and your kids look so adorable…they seem to be enjoying it quite a bit:)

  39. Rhyleysgranny says:

    Your pics are so good but the one with the little hands is just wonderful. A real mouse stopper on TS. I love to have my grandchildren bake with me.

  40. Lidiane Sands says:

    Hi!! Thank you for sharing all this wonderful recipes ….
    My son had a great time making this halloween cookies today….i love your blog…your recipes are mouth watering 🙂