Decorate your Halloween dessert table with these adorable and easy Halloween Sugar Cookies. Use buttercream to make festive Halloween Jack-O-Lantern, Mummy, and Ghost cookies.
HOW TO MAKE EASY HALLOWEEN SUGAR COOKIES
Several weeks ago I shared with you how to make Easy Halloween Cupcakes. Following the suit, today I’m going to show you how to make easy Halloween cookies, with buttercream.
BAKE SUGAR COOKIES
You can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or try a recipe from my blog.
Cut-Out Sugar Cookies – this is a cross between shortbread and sugar cookies.
Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookies – these cookies are soft, almost cake-like.
For this tutorial, I decided to use my crusting buttercream for cookie decorating. This recipe uses melted butter, powdered sugar, milk/water, and flavorings. Buttercream can be easily colored with concentrated gel fool colors.
It’s a crusting buttercream and cookies can be stacked once buttercream crusts.
HOW TO PREPARE PIPING BAGS FOR DECORATING
What is a decorating coupler? The coupler is a two-piece device that allows you to change piping tips quickly, without having to change the piping bags.
Drop the part with the thread on the outside, into a piping bag. With scissors mark the spot where to cut it, about an inch from the thread (steps 1-4).
Cut the tip of the piping bag. Secure a piping tip onto the base with a ring, part with the thread on the inside (steps 6-8).
HOW TO FILL A PIPING BAG
To fill a piping bag, rest it in a small glass. Fold the top of the piping bag over the rim for easier filling. Spoon icing into the bag. Lift the bag. Twist the end of the bag and tie it with a rubber band (steps 1-8).
HOW TO HOLD A PIPING BAG
Hold the piping bag toward the top (at the twist) with your dominant hand and not at the bottom (step 1). When piping lines, support/guide the bag with the index finger of your other hand. If your hand is shaking, use the other hand to support the wrist of your dominant hand, one that is holding a piping bag (steps 2-4).
Take a spoonful of orange buttercream and spread it onto a cookie. Use the back of the spoon to smooth it onto a cookie (steps 1-4).
With the back of the spoon, create pumpkin segments. Start from the top, move the spoon vertically on a slight curve. Put little pressure onto the spoon and shape buttercream, creating the segments. Make two first segments in the middle part of the cookie and then work towards the outer edges (steps 5-8).
Take a toothpick and draw triangle outlines for the eyes and the nose. And also for the mouth (steps 1-2).
Outline each triangle and fill it with black buttercream. To fill sections move the piping bag back and forth, creating a zic zac pattern (steps 3-8).
Spread purple buttercream on a cookie, use the back of the spoon to smooth it onto a cookie (steps 1-5). Then immediately decorate with yellow sprinkles (step 6).
Use a toothpick to draw the ghost shape outline into the buttercream (steps 1-2).
Take piping bag filled with white buttercream and fitted with a round piping tip #3. Pipe the outline and fill the ghost shape with zic zac lines (steps 3-8).
With black buttercream pipe the eyes, mouth, and BOO.
Pipe black buttercream in the upper part of the cookie (steps 1-2).
With white buttercream, pipe two large dots onto the black section (steps 3-5). Then pipe small black dots in the middle of each white dot (steps 6-8).
Before moving on to the next step, switch out piping tips on a piping bag with white buttercream (step 1). Unscrew the coupler ring, take the round piping tip out, and replace it with a petal tip #104 (steps 2-6).
With a petal tip #104 and white buttercream pipe straight lines across the cookie (steps 1-7).
Scrape off any buttercream excess off the edges with a toothpick (step 8).
CAN YOU STACK COOKIES DECORATED WITH CRUSTING BUTTERCREAM?
This buttercream recipe crusts and cookies can be stacked in 2 layers between parchment or wax paper sheets.
HOW SHOULD I STORE COOKIES DECORATED WITH CRUSTING BUTTERCREAM?
Store them at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to a week.
MORE SWEET HALLOWEEN IDEAS
- Skull Cake Roll for Halloween
- Easy Halloween Cupcakes
- Poison Apple Pinata Cookies
- Marshmallow Web Ghost Cake / via Sprinkle Bakes
- Spooky Mummy Cookies
TO MAKE EASY HALLOWEEN SUGAR COOKIES YOU NEED
- Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
- Soft Cut-Out Sugar Cookie Recipe
- Crusting Buttercream for Cookie Decorating
- Find all the tools in my Amazon Shop
- Round Cookie Cutter 3-nch or 4-inch
- Piping Tips: round piping tip #3 (2tips), petal til #104
- Food Gel Colors : black, orange, purple
- Yellow nonpareils
- Tootpick or a Scribe Tool
- Spoon to spread buttercream
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