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Halloween Sugar Cookies

Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

Easy soft,dense, scratch sugar cookies topped with a vanilla frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24
Author Cookie Madness


  • 1/2 cup Butter Flavored Crisco
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or pancake syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 6.8 oz
  • 3/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Vanilla Frosting

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a large mixing bowl using a hand-held electric mixer, beat the shortening and sugar until creamy. Add egg, syrup and vanilla; beat well. By hand, gradually add flour mixture until blended.
  • Shape dough into balls and roll in sugar OR leave plain if using frosting. For flatter cookies, press the dough down. For fat rounds, keep the cookie dough in balls. Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on size and thickness of dough balls. Be careful not to over-bake. Cool 2 minutes, then remove from cookie sheets to cool.
  • To make the frosting, beat the sugar and butter together with an electric mixer. Add milk as needed (starting with 1 1/2 tablespoons and working up) and continue beating until creamy. Beat in the vanilla.