These Halloween Frosted Sugar Cookies are made with a soft sugar cookie dough that's shaped, not cut. Topped with sweet buttercream, these cookies are brought to life with colorful decorations!
WHAT YOU NEED Sugar Cookies All purpose flour Cornstarch Baking soda Salt Unsalted butter Sugar Vegetable or canola oil Large egg + egg yolk Vanilla extract Vanilla Buttercream Unsalted butter Powdered sugar Vanilla extract Milk Gel food coloring Black cocoa powder
1. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. 2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl and pour in the oil. Mix for about a minute to incorporate. 3. Add in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix on medium-high speed for another 2-3 minutes.
4. Dump in the dry ingredients and mix on medium-low speed just until incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula and give the bowl one more mix by hand to make sure everything is well combined. 5. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
6. Once chilled, preheat the oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 7. Shape the cookies. You should be able to fit about 4 cookies on the baking sheet. Place the remaining dough in the refrigerator.
8. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden on the edges with a puffed and slightly underdone center. Right when they’re pulled from the oven, use a butter knife or your fingers (carefully) to reinforce the shapes if they seem to have spread too much. 9. Transfer to a cooling rack and continue baking the rest of the dough.
10. Make the frosting. Using a hand or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar. Mix until smooth. 11. Add in the remaining sugar along with the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk. Mix to combine. If the frosting appears too thick, mix in the remaining milk. 12. Color the frosting and decorate the cookies.