10.17.2009

pumpkin cookies for my lil' pumpkins

Isn't it just so much fun to goof around in Flickr! They have some really fun Halloween stuff right now. My daughter and I were cracking up adding spiders and ghosts and other spooky fun to our photos!

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I haven't made sugar cookies in the longest time. I was in Target today picking up a few things and I spotted the Pillsbury Halloween cookies. They were two and a half bucks each and I thought, "Ya know what, I can make some at home for a lot less money!", and that's just what I did.

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Have you ever tried putting buttermilk in your sugar cookies? You should try it if you haven't!

Halloween Cutout Cookies
by theUngourmet

1 cup whole wheat flour (I've got to add a little nutrition to these!)
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 tbsp low fat buttermilk
1 tsp almond extract

Sift the flours, baking powder, salt and sugar together. Cut the butter in until crumbly. Stir in the egg, buttermilk, and almond extract. Mix well. Form dough into a ball and place in the fridge for several hours or even overnight.

Roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out cookies.

Place onto a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes until nicely browned.

Allow to cool completely before frosting.


For the frosting

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp of milk (or more)
1 cup (or more) powdered sugar
red and yellow gel food coloring

sprinkles

Mix the butter, extract, and milk until creamy. Add the powdered sugar a bit at a time until desired consistency is reached, adding more milk or sugar if needed. Stir in food coloring to desired color.

Frost and sprinkle. You might want to double your frosting if you or your family, neighbors, friends, coworkers, or friendly ghosts are frosting lovers. :D

The amount of cookies you get out of this recipe will depend on how big your cutouts are. We managed to make about a dozen of the pumpkins.

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Get a load of that ghost trying to steal my son's cookie! Some nerve!

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Hey did anyone else get the Moo cards through Foodbuzz? They are so cute!


Have a nice week everybody! Thanks so much for stopping by. I love reading your fun comments and visiting your lovely blogs! What will you be up to this week? Can't wait to find out!

46 comments:

Cairo Typ0 said...

Those pumpkin sprinkles are cool!

Jenn said...

I love my moo cards. Been handing them out like candy to anyone I meet.

I love sugar cookies, too. Especially for the different shapes and decorations you can do with them. Makes them more fun to eat.

Angie's Recipes said...

Pumpkin cookies look so fun!

Palidor said...

You can make them for cheaper AND they taste better. Plus they don't have any weird chemicals or preservatives in them. They look fantastic! So cutely decorated. :-)

Queen B. said...

sooooooooooooooo cute ! ! ! !

Katy ~ said...

Can't stop smiling. Pictures are adorable. Cookies sound delightful.

ck said...

I cannot wait to try this recipe. Sugar cookies are my favorite!

Denise said...

Those are great. Does the addition of buttermilk take some of that sweetness away? I am definately making these with my girls

♥peachkins♥ said...

Colorful cookies!

TKW said...

Love the stache on your little dude!!

Danielle said...

I love how buttermilk adds moisture to everything. I haven't used it in sugar cookies yet though.

KennyT said...

Very cute cookies!

Mini Baker said...

haha look at his mustache! so cute!
those pumpkin sprinkles are awesome! :)
-Mini Baker

Sweet and Savory said...

I wonder why sugar cookies tend to get lost in the mix. Sugar cookies are just plain good.

These used to be a favorite for my hubby. I think I will do him a favor and make some.

Cathy said...

Buttermilk hey?? I'm going to give this recipe a try...always on the hunt for a good sugar cookie!

Mary said...

Your cookies look wonderful and your model is a real cutie pie :-). Have a great day.

Megan said...

I love frosted sugar cookies. I have a super long list of things to cook and bake today -- if I didn't, I would so be making these... with extra frosting!

Love my Moo mini cards too!

Joyce said...

Cute photo of your little one. I love to eat sugar cookies but do not make them very often as they are eaten faster then I can make them around my house:)
Joyce

Kimmay said...

sugar cookies are so yummy! And these look so fun. I am getting my own Moo cards soon, btw. Can't wait :)

Anna said...

Loved the mustache, lovely cookies.

lisaiscooking said...

I've never tried buttermilk in sugar cookies, but now I'm going to have to!

girlichef said...

Awesome cookies!! I've never added buttermilk...but I will next time!! And yes, I adore my MOO cards...they're awesome :D

Heather said...

those cookies are so cute!! love them :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I saw the Halloween decorations on Flickr today - so cute! And so are the cookies - I can imagine how soft and yummy they are. Love my Moo cards!

Paula - bell'alimento said...

Kim those are too cute! I just went out & got Miss Priss' costume today (Cleopatra) & I ADORE my Moo Cards. They're so unique!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Such fun cookies for Halloween! I love that you healthied them up!

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Jamie said...

What fun cookies and love the pics! Now I guess I need to make sugar cut out cookies!

noble pig said...

Hmm, I'll have to try the buttermilk! So cute these cookies are!

Claudia said...

I need to go to Flickr - what fun! Of course your cookies are (ahem) cheaper and much, much better than store-bought. Yours are so much fun!

Faith said...

These are so cute and festive! I've never tried buttermilk in my sugar cookies, but it sounds great!

teresa said...

You two are so cute! i love the added little graphics!

i make sugar cookies every year for halloween, i'm going to try your recipe when i do this year!

Donna-FFW said...

HMMM.. Ill have to try the buttermilk in the sugar cookies, sounds interesting. Tell them they did a FANTASTIC job!!

Juliana said...

Nice cookies, perfect for the Halloween...love the pictures of the little pumpkin eating the cookie :-)

nanny said...

they look delicious!!!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I know what I'm making for my work party!

Pam said...

I love making Halloween cookies with my kids - yours look great.

I love my moo cards too.

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Omg sooooo cute! :)

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Yeah, way to go ME - I'm looking at your blog at suppertime...when will I ever learn?????? I've never been to Flickr, but that looks like so much fun - I think I live under a rock or something. GREAT cookies ~ ♥

Zupan's Markets said...

All your pumpkins are pretty darn cute! We love the idea of putting buttermilk in your cookie dough recipe for extra richness and a special touch of homemade goodness.

Kristin said...

I've never tried that. Totally going to now!

Katherine Aucoin said...

your lil' pumpkins are adorable! your cookies looks so festive, perfect for this time of year!

5 Star Foodie said...

Such adorable cookies, love the decorations, so nice for Halloween!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Oh YUM! A sugar cookie with whole wheat - now I HAVE to make them. I've been craving homemade sugar cookies, too.

Lisa said...

I'm always looking for the perfect sugar cookie recipe. I haven't tried buttermilk. I think I will. Looks like you had lots of fun decorating. I really miss that!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Just finished making the cookies! They are delicious - even before icing. :)

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