Halloween Chocolate Sugar Cookies

We made these Halloweeny and super simple chocolate sugar cookies for a little family pre-Halloween party.  Halloween Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Since my kids are homeschooled they do miss out on the fun school parties that I remember with fondness.  So we make up for it by meeting with our homeschool friends and doing a simple party–and I mean simple.  We each bring stuff to potluck for lunch and each mom plans a craft or game.  That’s it.

This year we passed on the homeschool party, we’re saving it for Thanksgiving, so we did a little family party instead.  It involved making these cookies and carving pumpkins.

Notice my brilliance.  The cookies are brown.  The sugar is orange.  They’re all Halloweeny without even trying.  Super simple, no frosting, no long drawn out torturous decorating.  They’re just topped with orange sugar crystals that I dyed in about 1 minute.

Of course it’s not fun if the kids aren’t involved–that is it’s not fun for them, for me the fun is when they’re very much not involved.  So they were in the process from eating the dough off the beaters to cutting out the cookies to sprinkling on the sugar.

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The cookies are made like other sugar cookies.  You mix up the dough, wrap the dough in waxed paper, and then let the dough chill in the fridge for three or more hours.

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When you take dough out, knead it with a bit of flour on the counter top for a minute or two.  Then roll it out onto a floured counter top and cut out with cookie cutters.  Years ago I bought some inexpensive Halloween cookie cutters.

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Sprinkle the colored sugar on top of the cookies before you bake them.  To make the colored sugar put a half cup of sugar in a zip top baggie.  Then add three drops of red food coloring and five drops of yellow.  Knead the sugar and coloring in the bag until the color is distributed evenly.

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And here’s the chocolate sugar cookie recipe:

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

1/3 c. butter

1/3 c. shortening

1 egg

1 c. sugar

2 T. milk

1 t. baking powder

1/4 c. baking cocoa

1 t. vanilla

1/8 t. salt

2 c. flour

Instructions

  1. Bring the butter and the shortening to room temperature. Cream together with the sugar, vanilla, egg, milk, baking powder, baking cocoa, vanilla and salt.
  2. Stir in the flour.
  3. Wrap dough in waxed paper and chill in the fridge for 3 hours or more.
  4. Knead with more flour on the countertop for about 1 minute.
  5. Roll out into a thin sheet, about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place onto a cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with sugar.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 deg F.
  8. Cool completely.
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