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Easy Halloween Sugar Cookies

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.

Round cookies decorated with orange, purple buttercream for Halloween.

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.

Round cookies decorated with orange, purple and white buttercream displayed on a plate.

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.

CRUSTING BUTTERCREAM

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.

Orange and purple buttercream in bowls, piping bags filled with white and black buttercream on a kitchen counter.

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.

Fingers holding a decorating coupler.

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).

Fitting a piping bag with a coupler and a piping tip.

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).

Piping bag nested in glass, filling piping bag with buttercream..

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).

Hand holding a piping bag and piping a straight line on a parchment paper.

JACK-O-LANTERN COOKIES

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).

Spreading orange buttercream onto a round cookie with a spoon.

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).

Creating face outlines in buttercream, using a toothpick. Flooding face design with black buttercream.

GHOST COOKIES

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).

Spreading purple buttercream onto a round cookie.

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).

Piping a white ghost onto a purple iced round cookie.

With black buttercream pipe the eyes, mouth, and BOO.

Piping black eyes and mouth onto white buttercream ghost.

MUMMY COOKIES

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).

Piping black buttercream onto a round cookie, piping eyes onto the black buttercream.

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).

Hand holding a piping tip, replacing a piping tip on a piping bag.

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).

Piping wide buttercream lines onto a round cookie with a petal tip.

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

Mummy, Jack o lantern and ghost round cookie decorated for Halloween.

TO MAKE EASY HALLOWEEN SUGAR COOKIES YOU NEED

Halloween decorated round cookies on a dark background.

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