Slice and Bake Halloween Cookies Recipe

Slice and Bake Halloween Cookies RecipeThese Slice and Bake Halloween Cookies are easy, fun Halloween sugar cookies with surprise designs hidden inside! This recipe provides instructions for making the black cat cookie design, just as an example, but you can use the same basic concept to make an endless variety of designs, just by swapping out the colors and shapes! Please see the note at the bottom for additional instructions for making the bat and pumpkin variations.

Slice and Bake Halloween Cookies Recipe

SERVINGS: 28 Cookies


18 oz all-purpose flour (4 1/4 cups)
½ tsp salt
8 oz cold unsalted butter cubed
12 ¼ oz granulated sugar (1 ¾ cups)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
black gel food coloring (I used Americolor Super Black)
purple gel food coloring (I used Americolor Electric Purple and Regal Purple)
1 egg white
small Halloween cookie cutters (I used Fox Run’s Halloween cookie cutter set)
black sugar sprinkles


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour and salt and set aside for now.
  2. Combine the cold cubed butter and the sugar in the bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat them on medium speed just until they’re mixed together and there are no longer any chunks of butter. The key is to get a homogenous texture, but not bea
  3. t until it’s light and fluffy—we don’t want to beat too much air into the dough, because that will cause the cookies to spread!
  4. Add the vanilla extract and one egg, and beat to combine. Add the second egg and beat until it’s incorporated.
  5. Stop the mixer and add the flour, and mix on low speed until most of the flour is incorporated and just a few streaks remain. Finish mixing the dough with a spatula, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl.
  6. Separate out about a fifth of the dough. It doesn’t have to be precise, anything between a fifth and a quarter of the dough will work fine. Mix purple gel food coloring into the larger portion of the dough—you can either use your mixer, or knead it in by hand. If you’re using your hands, I HIGHLY recommend wearing plastic gloves to keep your hands clean! I used mostly Americolor Electric Purple, mixed with a small amount of Regal Purple, to get the color you see in the photos. Note that the dough will be a lighter color once it bakes. Wrap the purple dough in cling wrap and leave it at room temperature.
  7. Mix the black gel food coloring into the smaller portion of dough. Roll it out between two sheets of Reynolds parchment paper until it is between ¼-1/2 inch thick, and refrigerate until firm. READ MORE

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