The Baker Upstairs: Soft Halloween Sugar Cookies

10.15.2021

Soft Halloween Sugar Cookies

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These soft Halloween sugar cookies have the best flavor and texture, and are so quick and easy to make!
These soft Halloween sugar cookies have the best flavor and texture, and are so quick and easy to make!
One of my favorite guilty pleasure foods is those horrible (and oddly delicious) soft sugar cookies (like Lofthouse brand) at the grocery store. They're generally pretty dry and flavorless, and they stick to the roof of your mouth. They don't have a lot of redeeming qualities, but somehow I still love them. Since I can't seem to stop buying them, I decided it would be fun to make a homemade version that's even better than the original! These soft Halloween sugar cookies are way better than the store-bought version. They're so soft and flavorful and buttery, and absolutely perfect! 
These soft Halloween sugar cookies have the best flavor and texture, and are so quick and easy to make!
The dough for these cookies is simple to make, and has just seven ingredients. You'll want to just slightly under-bake the cookies so they stay soft in the middle. I love how thick and puffy they are! As far as the frosting, you can choose whatever colors you like, but I thought green, orange, and purple would be perfect for Halloween. I like to use gel food coloring to give it a more vibrant color. You will only need a drop or two for each color of frosting. 
These soft Halloween sugar cookies have the best flavor and texture, and are so quick and easy to make!
Spread the frosting on the cooled cookies, add some festive sprinkles, and you're all set. They are so adorable, and absolutely delicious too!
These soft Halloween sugar cookies have the best flavor and texture, and are so quick and easy to make!
These cookies will stay fresh for up to a week if stored in an airtight container. The recipe makes around two dozen cookies, so they're perfect for parties!
These soft Halloween sugar cookies have the best flavor and texture, and are so quick and easy to make!
As much as I love those store-bought cookies, I don't think I can go back now that I've found this homemade version. They are so good!
These soft Halloween sugar cookies have the best flavor and texture, and are so quick and easy to make!
Soft Halloween Sugar Cookies

for the cookies:
1 cup (8 ounces) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

for the frosting:
8 tablespoons (4 ounces) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons milk or cream (I used half and half)
1-2 drops orange, purple, and green gel food coloring

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until a firm dough forms. Chill 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400. Roll the dough into one inch balls and place on baking sheets lined with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten each ball slightly with your hand or with a drinking glass to be about 1/3-1/2 inch thick. Bake 8-10 minutes or until the bottom edges are just slightly golden brown. Remove and let cool before frosting.

To make the frosting, beat together the butter and powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and enough milk or cream to thin to desired consistency. Beat until light and fluffy. Add the food coloring and beat until well distributed. Frost cookies as desired.
These soft Halloween sugar cookies have the best flavor and texture, and are so quick and easy to make!

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