Halloween “How To”: Homemade pumpkin sugar cookies make the perfect non-candy treat

Halloween is celebrated by telling spooky stories, trick-or-treating with friends and family, carving pumpkins, and choosing that perfect costume. Another fun way to celebrate Halloween can be baking cookies! These sugar cookies are homemade and a fun dessert to make on Halloween with friends and family for a break from another Kit Kat or Reese’s Cup.

This family recipe came from my Aunt Velma. When my sister and I were younger, my mom pulled out the recipe and walked through each step with us so we knew how to make them. Since then, the three of us have made them every year and have enjoyed making them and spending quality time together.

For this Kramer family favorite, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 ½ cups of sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cups of butter
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of Pumpkin Spice Latte Creamer (can be substituted for milk)

After all of the ingredients have been gathered, it’s time to begin!

Step 1: Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) in a separate large bowl.

Step 2: Cream softened, not melted, butter.

Step 3: Gradually add the sugar into the creamed butter.

Step 4: Add the vanilla, then eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition.

Step 5: Alternately add the flour mixture and cream (or milk).

Step 6: Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for at least five minutes.

Step 7: Put flour on table and rolling pin to prevent dough sticking to the surfaces. Roll the dough and cut into preferred shapes.

Step 8: Bake at 350-400 degrees for 7 to 9 minutes (baking temperature and time may vary for different ovens).

Step 9 (optional): Decorate and enjoy!


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