I know it’s only October but I’m getting into the holiday baking mood! Recently, all I’ve wanted to do is make cookies for my boys. With Halloween coming up, I toyed with some different ideas but finally decided that any time of the year is a perfect time for sugar cookies….especially when they are made with a super secret ingredient that makes them totally UH-mazing (more on that later). Since I wanted to do something Halloween inspired paired with my favorite (surprising) sugar cookie recipe ever, I decided to whip up some easy Iced Spider Sugar Cookies and finally let you all in on my little secret that has long made me the sugar cookie queen!
I’ll be honest….this sugar cookie recipe is pretty basic…until it comes time to add the flour! I stumbled upon my substitution by mistake when I was out of flour one day and simple trying to make something work and the results are OMGood! So, you wanna know what I use…do ya, do ya? My secret to the best sugar cookie recipe ever is pancake mix! You read that right and you’re going to HAVE to try this recipe to see how amazing they are for yourself!
What You Will Need
(for the Cookies)
3/4 Cups of Butter (softened)
3/4 Cups of Sugar
1 Large Egg
2 Tablespoons of Vanilla Extract
2 and 1/2 Cups of Pancake Mix (any boxed kind will do)
1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/3 Teaspoon of Salt
(for the Icing)
1 Cup of Powdered Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Milk
2 Teaspoons of Light Corn Syrup
1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Black Food Coloring
Black Candy Melts (Melted and Piped Into Legs)
How to Make It
This sugar cookie dough is pretty basic and doesn’t take long at all to whip up…but you will need time to chill it before you cook it. To start, I added my butter and sugar to my mixer and creamed them together until they were light and fluffy. After adding in my egg and vanilla extract, I mixed in my pancake mix, salt and baking power and mixed my dough on medium-high until it was all combined perfectly.
Once my dough was mixed, I pulled out some plastic wrap, sprayed it with cooking spray and then used it to create a sealed ball around my dough.
Into the fridge my dough went for at least an hour (I prefer two hours plus but in a pinch an hour will work). Once my dough was completely cooled, I added flour to my counter, rolled out my dough and used a round cookie cutter to cut out circles.
I placed my cut out circles onto a greased backing sheet and placed them in my oven on 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, just until the edges started to brown.
As soon as I removed my cookies from the oven, I transferred them to a cooling rack and allowed them to cool completely while I mixed up my icing.
To make my icing for the cookies, I mixed together my confectioners sugar, milk, corn syrup and vanilla until it was a thick consistency. Then I added in about a teaspoon of my black food coloring and mixed it will to achieve a consistent color.
Once my icing was made, I set to work creating my “legs” for the spiders. After melting black candy melts and adding them to a piping bag, I piped out curved lines for legs and let them cool completely. Once they were cool, I removed them from the paper and used some of my icing to attach them to my waiting sugar cookies.
After giving my legs time to dry so they would stay attached, I transferred my icing to a piping bag with a small round tip and used it to cover the face of my Iced Spider Sugar Cookies with icing, lining the outside first and then filling it in. As soon as my icing was in place, I added my two candy eyes to create a spider look and then allowed my creation to set completely.
After the icing had hardened, my eyes and legs for my Iced Spider Sugar Cookies were in place and everything was perfectly ready to serve!
I immediately called the boys and let them taste test my favorite sugar cookie recipe and they immediately gave it the seal of approval!
This Halloween, whether you have school parties, neighborhood gatherings or simply want to whip up some delicious cookies for your family, I encourage you to try out this unique and delicious sugar cookie recipe and turn it into my fun Iced Spider Sugar Cookies!
Tell me, who in your family would go crazy over this fun Halloween idea?