Trick or treats

Oct 31, 2010   //   by marymeals   //   Dessert  //  No Comments

Buttered Sugar Cookie

On Halloween it is said that the force separating our world from the spirit world becomes weak enough for some other worldly spirits to seep through. The tradition of wearing ghoulish costumes was an attempt to fool any of the bad spirits who made it. They would think we were just another evil soul roaming around, and ensure we would come to no harm. Because of its spooky delights, traditions like hay rides with warm apple cider, and great decorations, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Use these ghostly sugar cookies to ward of any evil spirits headed your way.

Buttered Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 sticks butter room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar. Beat eggs in one at a time, and add vanilla until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, and salt and stir till combined. Form dough into a disc and cover with plastic wrap. Chill at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface until 1/2 inch thick cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Place on cookie sheets these cookies will bake in 6 to 7 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

For the Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp milk
2 tsp brown rice syrup(corn syrup works just as well but I love the flavor of rice syrup!)
1 tsp vanilla paste
assorted food coloring

Whisk together sugar and milk until smooth, then add vanilla and rice (or corn) syrup beat until icing is shiny and smooth. If you need it thinner you can add more syrup. I then divide the frosting into separate bowls and add assorted colorings. I apply the frosting with a “piping bag” made from a sandwich bag with a corner cut out. You can also dip the cookies or paint them with a pastry brush.

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