Halloween Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie is a simple & quick version for Halloween & the Fall/Winter season. I use sweet potato for a natural orange colour & subtle but delicious flavour. Enjoy them plain or frosted. This is a great activity for the kids. Get them in the kitchen early, while having fun!

Halloween Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

About 30 cookies

Halloween Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sweet potato, mashed & drained
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Icing, optional:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp of milk, or milk substitute
  • 4-5 tsp corn syrup. You make need more or less. Start with half the amount.
  • Mix together until smooth and glossy.
  • Add the food colouring or none, of your choice.

Instructions

  1. Mix all the dry ingredients but sugar, in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. You can make it easier on yourself by letting the cooled mashed sweet potato drain in a fine strainer, into a bowl overnight.
  3. Beat butter by hand or with a mixer, for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Mix with flour mixture until incorporated. Do not over mix.
  6. Chill dough in the fridge, wrapped in plastic, for about 1 hour. Or in a covered bowl.
  7. Roll dough to about 1/8 inch, on a well floured board.
  8. Press out desired shapes.
  9. Bake in pre-heated oven of 350°F, for 9-11 minutes. Times will vary by oven.
  10. Cool completely on wire rack, before decorating.
  11. Or enjoy without icing.

Notes

You want the sweet potato mash to be as dry as possible. I chose to drain the sweet potato mash, so that I didn't have to add too much additional flour during the rolling process. More importantly the dough will not be too soft & sticky, when rolling.

The sweet potato will give the cookie a natural orange colour, with a mild taste. You can also use pumpkin or a squash to gain the same orange hue.

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Some ingredients used online: 

Wilton Set of 8 Icing Colors & Splendor Garden Organic Ginger Ground, 454gmSplendor Garden Organic Cinnamon Ground, 454gm

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Till next time,

Nadia