I love decorating cookies whenever I get the chance, the problem is I usually am so pressed for time I just never get around to doing it. One simple way to make it easier for myself is to purchase pre-packaged sugar cookie dough in the refrigerator section of the grocery store, then I can simply roll out the dough and cut out my shapes.
By doing this I shave off quite a bit of the time that would be required to make and chill the sugar cookie dough, and I can pretty much get right to baking and decorating. If you have the time, then by all means make your own cookie dough, but if not…take my short-cut and buy the dough. The cookies will still taste great and you’ll save yourself a little time.
Here are the amazing cookies I ended up making with my last batch of cookie dough!
I made these cookies for a small party we had at our house recently, and the sad thing… I didn’t even get one! They cookies were all gobbled up by the end of the party so there were none left for me (yes, there were more than the three pictured here). Good thing I had one before the party. 🙂
Making Easy Frankenstein Sugar Cookie Cutouts
After buying or making your sugar cookie dough, you want to roll it out.
Once you have your dough rolled out you simply need to cut out the shapes. I was provided a really cool Frankenstein cookie cutter from Good Cook. It is in their Sweet Creations by Good Cook line. Using the cookie cutter is really simple, my only suggestion is to use a toothpick or other small tool to push the dough out of the smaller areas by the neck bolts. The dough can get stuck in there sometimes and that may ruin your cookie shape.
After you have cut out all your cookies and baked them, it is time to decorate! I use a simple icing recipe that was passed down from my grandmother. She simply uses about 1 Tbs of butter, 1 tsp of vanilla, around a cup or so of powdered sugar, and a splash of milk. You just mix it all together, adding more milk or sugar as need until you reach the right consistency. You can see this is quite the exact science. 🙂
Once you are satisfied with the icing, simply start adding it to the cookies. It may still be slightly runny (it firms up), so sometimes it helps to use some decorator icing around the edges. This is optional, but it depends how fancy you want your cookies to look.
Once you have iced your cookies, let them set before adding any further decorations. After the icing has firmed up, start adding decorative features like candy eyeballs, and piping on hair and other facial features. Here are a few of my finished cookies:
Make your own Sweet Creations
If you are looking for some great seasonal products like the cookie cutters I used, the Haunted Cupcake Display featured in this post, or even some Halloween Cake Pops then be sure to check out all the Sweet Creations available at goodcook.com. The best part, as a reader of The Mommy Bunch you can enjoy a 25% off coupon to goodcook.com for any Sweet Creations Halloween product. Use CODE: HAUNTED23
So tell us…
Do you enjoy decorating sugar cookies? Are you more prone to making your own cookie dough or does using a short-cut appeal to you?
The Mommy Bunch was provided a Halloween kit to facilitate this post, all opinions are our own.