Spooky spider sugar cookies
I hope everyone is enjoying this spooky time of year with the goblins a ghooling and the spiders a spinning and everyone baking these ridiculously creative desserts.
My dessert started with an ambition of creativity and ended spookily in a spidery mess. I’m no artistic baker, but I tried my best to set the mood and indeed it worked. My cookie artwork is verrrrrry spooky! Wooooooo.
Ok in all seriousness though, these sugar cookies turned out pretty darned good. They are soft and not too sweet. I personally don’t like my cookies too sweet because I can eat more without getting that sugary overload. Of course, the frosting that I added did bump up the sweet factor some. Just don’t go overboard when decorating your delicious designs!
A note on cookie form
A nifty trick I happened to stumble into that creates nearly a perfect looking cookie is to take the back of a one cup dry measuring cup and press it down on top of the cookies until they are squished a little bit. Don’t push them down too much or you might see the edges of your cookie start to crack. If that happens, roll it unto a ball again and start over. Your cookies might stick to the measuring cup and that’s ok. Just carefully peel them off and place on the ungreased cookie sheet.
So with that, I hope everyone has a great Halloween and eats lots of scary treats!
- 2¼ cup flour
- ¼ cup of vegetable shortening
- 1½ sticks of unsalted butter (softened)
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1½ cups of white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- For the frosting
- 1 cup powder sugar
- 1¼ tablespoons whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In another bowl, mix together the vegetable shortening, softened butter, and sugar until you get a nice creamy consistency. Then mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Slowly mix in the flour mixture until you have a nice cookie dough.
- Roll 2 small teaspoons of dough together to make a ball and flatten on cookie sheet with back of a spatula. Place cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10 minutes and enjoy!
- To make frosting:
- Mix together the ingredients in a bowl adding milk slowly until you get your desired consistency.