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Decorated Sugar Cookies
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Decorated Sugar Cookies

Halloween is coming up, so it’s a great time to make some Decorated Sugar Cookies. Licorice flavoured bat cookies are especially fun, this time of year!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Holiday
Servings: 20 People
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Marie Porter


Parchment Paper
2 Baking Sheets
Cookie Cutters


Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 cups butter softened
  • 2 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 egg yolks – Reserve egg whites for icing!
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 7 cups all purpose flour

Icing Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4-6 cups powdered/confectioner’s sugar



  • In a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. Add in eggs and egg whites, a little at a time, beating well between each addition. Add vanilla extract, and mix until well incorporated and smooth.
  • Mix remaining 3 ingredients together, carefully stir into wet ingredients until fully incorporated.
  • Wrap dough in plastic film, chill for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, grease cookie sheets.
  • On a floured counter, roll cookie dough out to about ¼″ thick (can be up to ½″ thick if you prefer a thicker cookie).
  • Use cookie cutters to cut out whatever shapes you’d like, place cookies 2″ apart on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes, or until bottoms look lightly golden.
  • Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for at least 5 minutes before moving. Cookies need to cool completely before decorating.

Royal Icing

  • In clean stand mixer, whip egg whites until foamy.
  • Add lemon juice, whip for another minute. Slowly add powdered sugar until cookie icing reaches desired consistency.
  • You will want a thicker frosting for piping details and borders. If you’re wanting to “flow” the icing within piped borders, icing can be thinned with a little lemon juice or water.


2 teaspoon Anise extract can be substituted for a fun variation. I especially like using anise (black licorice flavor) for doing cookies that will be shaped/decorated like black cats or bats.


Calories: 445kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 312mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 679IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg