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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Peek-a-boo Pumpkin and Spider Cookies

Last year I made a peek-a-boo Pumpkin Cookie (A pumpkin with a smaller pumpkin).  This time I made a pumpkin with a spider in the middle.

I started out with a Sugar cookie found on All Recipes, dubbed The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies.
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2.Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3.Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
What you Need:
Sugar Cookie Mix (see recipe above or your favorite)
Orange Food Coloring
Black Food Coloring
Large Pumpkin Cookie Cutter
Medium Spider Cookie Cutter

When the sugar cookie recipe was chilled.  I took about 1/2 of the dough and kneaded in some Americolor Orange Gel Food Color and the other 1/2 I kneaded in Americolor Black Food Color (This link is Amazon's but I by mine at Hobby Lobby for $1.99).  I find this is the best way to color anything from fondant to dough.  Once I got the orange I wanted I rolled out the dough.  I took my large pumpkin and cut out the cookies.   Take a spider cookie cutter to cut the middle out. REMEMBER to make sure your inner cookie cutter is smaller so you have enough cookie left around the whole. I then rolled out the black and cut out the spider cookie cutter.  Put the spider in the pumpkin (almost like a puzzle piece) and lightly press to make the two edges stick together.  Bake like normal and rest on a cooling rack or eat right away :).

And if you have black left over make a bunch of spider cookies!

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