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The Best Halloween Sugar Cookies

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  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 36 small cookies 1x


Soft sugar cookies perfect for holiday-shaped cookies. The dough can be made in advance and cookies can be frozen prior to decorating.


  • 1 lb. margarine (don’t use butter!)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  1. Cream eggs, butter, and sugar first.
  2. Add remaining ingredients one at a time.
  3. Refrigerate dough for a few hours or overnight.
  4. Roll the dough on a powder-sugared surface and cut into holiday shapes.
  5. Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes or longer if you want them crispier.
  6. Frost the cookies once cool or freeze them until ready to decorate. When freezing, place a piece of wax paper between each layer so that the cookies don't stick to each other. Let thaw for a few hours and then frost and decorate.


I don't usually use margarine for cooking, but in this case, I promise that margarine will make the cookies turn out better.

  • Cook Time: 8-9 minutes
  • Category: Desserts