During the shortest, most desired season of the year, there are many things people get excited for. Pumpkins, plaid flannels, bonfires, crisp weather and the two holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the whole year – a full day centered around food and family – it doesn’t get much better. But, my feelings for Halloween could not be more opposite. I prefer pumpkins over jack-o-lanterns, boots and scarves over costumes and comedy over horror. You get the idea.
It’s not that I hate Halloween. I do think it’s adorable when kids get dressed up as their favorite princess or hero and I really do love Hocus Pocus, but who doesn’t. I’m simply saying it’s a holiday that falls very low on my priority list.
So as we close in on the 31st, I knew food was the only answer to combining my favorite season and least favorite holiday. These cut-out sugar cookies were the answer! I found fall cookie cutters in the dollar section at Target and had the urge to get creative.
For the cookies, I used this recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I’ll never claim to be great at baking, so I followed the recipe and her tips exactly. The cookies came out soft, delicious and perfectly cut out, just as she promised. I highly recommend visiting Sally’s website – she is a true baking artist!
Since I knew my efforts were going into mixing colors and adding sprinkles, I opted for jarred Pillsbury Vanilla Marshmallow frosting. Saved me time and lots of anxiety. To get these muted fall tones, I simply started experimenting. If you’ve ever had an art class, you’ll know each color’s compliment dulls the other color down (i.e. red dulls green, etc). Use these simple principles and start mixing! I recommend starting with small portions of frosting and tiny drops of color.
Okay, you got me. Yes, this is the Batman symbol, not an actual bat. While looking around for a Halloween inspired cut-out, I found this and loved the idea. My husband is a Batman fanatic, so I’m sure to use it again at some point. This is about as spooky as it gets at our house!
I really loved how this mix came together. With muted colors, the different shapes compliment each other nicely for late October. If you don’t find these cut-outs at your local Target, these fall cookie cutters are very similar.