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Halloween Cutout Cookies

Creativity and Christmas cookie cutters come together for these fun Halloween cookies kids will go batty for. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 dozen


  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Green paste food coloring
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
  • Chocolate wafers, crushed Shredded Wheat, M&M's miniature baking bits, miniature semisweet chocolate chips and Fruit Roll-Ups


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 5 minutes to soften. In a small bowl, beat cookie dough and flour until combined.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 4-1/2-in. Christmas tree-shaped cookie cutter, a 3-in. candy cane-shaped cookie cutter and a 3-in. star-shaped cookie cutter. Cut each star in half. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For witches: Tint a portion of vanilla frosting green. Frost the bottom two-thirds of a tree cookie green; frost the top third with chocolate frosting.
  • For witches' hats, microwave chocolate wafers for a few seconds to slightly soften as needed. Use a serrated knife to cut a triangle out of one wafer. Cut another wafer in half, forming two hat brims. Place a triangle over chocolate frosting; add a brim.
  • Add Shredded Wheat for hair. Add facial features with baking bits, chocolate chips and cut up pieces of Fruit Roll-Ups.
  • For snakes: Frost candy cane cookies as desired. Cut Fruit Roll-Ups into triangles; attach to cookies. Add facial features.
  • For bats: Frost halved star cookies with chocolate frosting. For ears, microwave chocolate wafers for a few seconds to slightly soften as needed. Use a serrated knife to cut small triangles; attach to cookies. Add facial features as desired.
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  • Jeanroberts4
    Oct 24, 2014

    Seriously? This is NOT a recipe! 'Go buy a tube if cookie dough and already made frosting.' If you need to go to the Internet to look that up, Heaven help you- Just go to Alberstons bakery! Lol!

  • Brenda D
    Oct 22, 2010

    This is an EXCELLENT idea. I'm a lot like Alton Brown (Good Eats cooking show) and hate a kitchen unitasker because of limited kitchen space. The bottoms of the tree cookies can be trimmed off and made into leaves too. Thanks for sharing!