Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Halloween Sugar Cookies

With T.V. shows like the Walking Dead, iZombie, and Z Nation, the kids were excited when I bought this Zombie Dance Party Cookies kit.  It came with a cookie mix, frosting, but most importantly 4 zombie shaped cookie cutters.  The only downside was it only made about 12 cookies. So, we made our own to add to them.

If you don't want to buy the kit, you can always make your own.
We also like to use the Wilton 100 cookie cutter set.
You can use the gingerbread man shaped cutters as is, or cut out the gingerbread man shape and shape it into a zombie.

Sugar Cookies
3 1/4 cup sifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup or one stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup sour milk

To sour the milk quickly, add 1 tsp. vinegar.

Cream together sugar, egg, vanilla, milk, and butter.

Add dry ingredients.

Roll out 1/8"-1/4" thick and use cookie cutters. 

I like to use a silicon baking mat so the cookies don't stick and easy clean up.

Roll cookie dough out about 1/8-1/4" thick.

Make sure it is even all the way across.

Use your cookie cutters as close as possible to get the most cookies.

Pull the extra cookie dough off before the cookies.

Use a toothpick to remove cookie dough from the tight corners.

 Using a flat spatula, gently lift off the cookies.

Make sure you leave room between the cookies for them to rise and expand a bit.
Bake at 400 for about 8 minutes.

Knead the leftover cookie dough and repeat above.

We decided to make some gingerbread man shaped cookies as well.

If you don't have any cookie cutters, my mom always just used a glass.

Make sure to cool them on a cooling rack.  I love my 3 tier cooling rack from Wilton, because it doesn't take up the entire counter and you can fit a bunch of cookies on them.

 We decided to make or own frosting and this vanilla buttercream is our favorite.  Royal icing would also work great for decorating.

Vanilla Buttercream Recipe:
2 lbs. Powdered Sugar
2 Sticks of Butter or 1 cup Butter

For black frosting I recommend Wilton Black Food Coloring it works better at achieving a true deep black color.

We grabbed some decorating supplies we already had at home, and started decorating.

Wilton Food Writers are like markers for food.

My girls favorite are the Cake Mate Glitter Gels.

Wilton Candy Eyes to give your creatures authentic eyes.

Some of our favorites

My daughter's 21 Pilot's Cookie

The kids got really creative with a skeleton, voodoo doll, clown, mummy, Frankenstein, and monsters.

I love to just let the kids be creative and make whatever they want, instead of dictating what they have to make.  They are usually pretty creative.  We had a blast making these cookies, it was almost sad to eat them.

We'd love to hear how your cookies turn out, so please leave a comment.

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