Perfectly Glazed Sugar Cookies – Halloween Style!

October 27, 2012

Happy (early) Halloween Everyone! Today I have a fun Halloween treat that is perfect for your next Halloween party, a great activity for kids, and a delicious treat at any time.

Spider Web Sugar Cookies!!


Chewy, soft, and perfectly sweet, these sugar cookies are delicious any way you eat them. They are perfect plain, wonderful with sprinkles, and out of this world with a shiny glaze. For my Halloween version, rather than rolling out the dough and using cookie cutters, I decided to save some time and simply roll the dough into golf-ball sized balls, flatten each lightly on my parchment-lined cookie sheet, and bake them off. That being said, if you want to use cookie cutters with this recipe, you can do that too! Just be sure that your dough has chilled, and that you flour your surface well. Moreover, I would roll the dough on the thicker side, to maintain its chewy texture.

I found my glaze recipe in an old church cookbook and I am particularly excited about it. Why?  It dries with a perfect shine, just like Royal Icing, but doesn’t use egg whites OR merengue powder. What is the secret ingredient? Corn Syrup! With no concern of raw eggs or finding random ingredients, this recipe is incredibly easy and a perfect match for any sugar cookie.

Now how do you make this cool spider web design? It is so easy you wont even believe it. Simply create a few different colors of glaze, and transfer your darker color (the one that makes the web) to a zip-top bag and snip a VERY tiny hole off the corner of the bag. After your cookies have cooled, spread an even layer of light colored frosting on the cookie. Then using your zip-top bag, create a spiral of frosting, beginning from the inside and moving outward. Finally, take a toothpick, and beginning from the center of your spiral, drag the toothpick outward in 5-6 different directions; this creates the tines of the web. That’s it! It may sound like a complex process, but after you do it once, you will see how easy it is.

Paula’s Notes: I like to use the gel food coloring by Wilton, as it doesn’t impact the liquid ratio as much as liquid drops. If you use the drops instead, simply use a little less milk, as the food coloring will make the glaze thinner.

Perfect Glazed Sugar Cookies – Halloween Style!

Yields about 3 1/2 dozen cookies
Ingredients:
Cookies:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (measured by dipping in flour and lightly leveling off the top with a knife- be careful not to pack your measuring cup) about 5 oz. per cup
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbls. vanilla extract


Glaze:

  •  3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  •  2 tbls. and 1 tsp. milk
  •  2 tbls. and 1 tsp. light corn syrup
  •  1 tsp. almond extract
  • Various colors of food coloring


Directions:
Cookies:

  1. In a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer in a large bowl) cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add vanilla. Incorporate eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides with each addition. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Slowly incorporate flour mixture into butter and eggs until just combined.
    • Be sure that you scrape the sides and bottom of the mixer to ensure that the dry is fully incorporated.
  5. Place dough in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  7. Roll your cookie dough into 1-inch sized golf balls, placing each one about 2-3 inches apart on your cookie sheet. Flatten the top lightly with your fingers.
  8. Bake cookies in preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes, or until just set. The tops will no longer be shiny and the sides just barely golden. Allow cookies to sit on cookie sheet an additional 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.


Glaze:

  1. In a large bowl combine sugar, corn syrup, and 3 tbls. milk. Stir until combined. The frosting will be VERY thick.
  2. Add almond extract, 1/2 tbls. of milk, and food coloring. Mix together.
  3. Continue adding milk, 1/2 tbls. at a time, until you reach desired glaze consistency.
  4. Once your cookies are completely cooled, decorate with glaze and let sit, uncovered, for several hours until dry.
  5. Store in an airtight container.


Recipe adapted slightly from Annie’s Eats
Glaze adapted from old church cookbook titled Bell Ringers

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2 Comments

  • Reply Holly October 28, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Looks good! I'm terrible at icing. Every time I try it just ends up a granulated mess. The almond extract here sounds particularly good – just a little bit of extra flavor!

    • Reply Paula M October 28, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Holly 🙂 My grandma and mom always put almond extract in their icing, so I do the same. It gives it that little something extra 🙂

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