Halloween in the UK might not have reached the levels of candy-excess assumed as the norm over in the states but that doesn’t mean we should ignore Halloween cookies.
The recipe is simple if you’re already used to making sugar cookies. For three dozen 2-inch cookies….
3.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 teaspoon of salt
Then – beat on a medium speed until fluffy:
20 tablespoons (2.5 sticks) of unsalted butter (softened)
1 cup of sugar
add and beat until combined:
1 large egg
1 tablespoon of milk
2.5 teaspoons of vanilla
Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it is smooth. Split the dough into two pieces. Place each half between two large sheets of wax paper. Then roll the dough until it is just 1/4 inch thick.
With the paper still in place, put the two flattened pieces of dough on a baking tray and refigerate until cold and firm (about 30 minutes).
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Now the fun part (add children where desired).
Grease cookie sheets, then peel off one layer greaseproof paper from the cold cookie dough and replace with the greased sheet. Peel away the second sheet.
Make your Halloween shapes using cutters (we got ours from…yes…Tesco) then trim the excess dough and transfer the shapes with a spatula to a clean cookie sheet.
Reuse the excess dough to make more shapes.
Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 6 -10 minutes. Rotate sheet halfway through baking for even browning. Let cool until cookies firm then transfer to resting racks to cool.
Decorate with frosting or go the purist route like us!
(Sugar cookie recipe courtesy of Joy of Cooking)