In our house, we are gearing up for one of my absolute favorite holidays, Halloween! Every year The Dude and I host a party which we call Brew-O-Ween. Food, an occasional costume, and BEER! Lots and lots of beer. This event is where The Dude brings out all of his most recent home-brewed libations for everyone to taste, rate, and enjoy.
This is the point when I start getting out the boxes of decorations and begin planning the party menu. Our friends run the gamut from carnivores, vegetarians, gluten-free — which means we need a pretty diverse menu.
But the most important food item during Halloween? Cookies! My favorite cookie recipe is for butter cookies. They take a bit of work, but they are so worth it.
Now, this cookie recipe was handed down from my grandmother to my mom, and then to me. Now you have it too! Typically I make these cookies at Christmas, but my sister-in-law, who knows that Halloween is my favorite holiday, sent me some adorable cookie cutters. Witches hat, ghost, bat, and pumpkin. I just had to make these for the party.
- 2 cups butter, room temperature
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. baking powder
Beat together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder together and add to butter mixture in four or five increments. You’ll be able to use a heavy-duty mixer for a part of the mixing, but eventually you are going to have to get your hands in the dough to mix the last of the flour. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
Roll out the dough and cut into shapes. Bake at 425 degrees F for 5-7 minutes on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Watch them as they burn easily. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Decorate with royal icing. I use the recipe found on the powdered meringue package, which you can find in most baking aisles. Let cookies dry completely and store loosely in cookie tins.
Here is what I love about these cookies. Buttery and not too sweet. Let the icing bring the sweetness to the party. These take a bit of work but are well worth the effort. You can always make the cookies ahead of time and store in a cookie tin until you are ready to ice them. Decorating cookies was something that my mom always let my sister and I do during the holidays. It’s a fun way to include the kids in the kitchen and let them get creative.
Have fun and enjoy these cookies with a big glass of milk. You’ll feel like a kid again!