In My Kitchen: Ghost Sugar Cookies

When you have my famous, all-purpose go-to sugar cookie recipe, you can make any variation of sugar cookie you want, all year long!

I used my delicious fan-favorite sugar cookie recipe to make these cute and spooky Ghost Cookies for my Halloween party. They are super easy to make – and decorate!

You’ll need:

For the sugar cookies:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Ghost cookie cutters (I used THESE from Amazon)

For the icing:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons whole milk
  • Candy eyeballs


1. In a large bowl, cream together softened butter and sugar until smooth. (I use my KitchenAid stand mixer with the beater attachment).

2. Beat in eggs and vanilla. (Again, the KitchenAid stand mixer is ideal for this).

3. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least one hour, or up to overnight.

4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough on a floured surface. Using cookie cutters, cut into shapes. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets (I use parchment paper-covered cookie sheets for the ultimate in no-mess baking).

5. Bake cookies 6-8 minutes. For super soft, 6 minutes. If you like them crispy, 8-9 minutes.

6. Cool completely on a wire rack before decorating with icing.

7. Once cooled, use a pastry brush or olive oil brush to spread icing onto each cookie. While the icing is still wet, place candy eyeballs onto each ghost. Let icing harden completely, then serve!


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