October 22, 2012

Halloween Sugar Cookies + Icing

One of my absolute favorite things about Autumn is celebrating Halloween! I used to love dressing up as a little kid and going trick-or-treating around the neighborhood! I think my favorite costume that I ever had growing up was my Cowardly Lion costume. I was obsessed with The Wizard of Oz movie when I was growing up. Well - I'm still a little obsessed, but I digress. I looked through my old pictures to see if I could find a picture of me in the costume and you guys are in luck. Here's my 2 year old self dressed as The Cowardly Lion with my brother dressed as Batman.

Cute, right? Now-a-days I can't really get away with dressing up and going door to door asking for candy. Believe me - If I could, I would. So my Halloweens are spent watching scary movies and baking these delicious cookies. And who are we kidding - I still put a costume on every year.

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 4 tsp non-dairy milk (I used So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Frosting and Sprinkles for decoration

Thoroughly cream the shortening, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add in the applesauce and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the non-dairy milk.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Blend in with the creamed mixture. 

Chill the dough for 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. After the dough has been chilled, roll out on a floured surface and cut into your favorite holiday shapes. Place the shapes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 6-8 minutes until the edges become golden brown. Top with icing and sprinkles. They're even delicious without the decorations!

Icing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Any food coloring you want

In a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar and non-dairy milk. Beat in the agave and vanilla until the icing is smooth and glossy. If the icing is too thick - try adding more non-dairy milk or agave nectar until it reaches the desired consistency.

Divide the icing into separate bowls and different food coloring to each bowl. Dip the cookies or paint them with a brush or icing spatula.


  1. I have been using my standard sugar cookie recipe for so long that I never really thought of trying a different one. Lately I've seen some variations that look great, though, so I'm going to branch out. I'll be digging out my Halloween cookie cutters and giving these a try later this week!

    Oh, and the lion costume pic is super cute. I feel like I don't have any cute costume pics - my brother was always the adorable one. :)

    1. Thanks Lizzie! I hope you like the recipe! I'm sure you've got some cute Halloween pictures!!

  2. I will have to try this recipe! Love the pumpkin with the orange sprinkles. =)

  3. Thanks. I'm going to have to try these. I've been looking for a good Vegan sugar cookie. : )

  4. Hi Matthew,
    I just came across your site and it is so lovely! Especially these cookies... so cute!!! :)