With all the falling leaves and pumpkin spice flavored food and drink, it’s Halloween season! As kids, we looked forward to dressing up as our favorite superhero and collecting as much candy as possible. But Halloween shouldn’t be all about the candy. There are a million other sweet treats to consider, including cookies! Here are some Halloween inspired ideas for your next baking adventure.

Spider Cookies

Choose your favorite cookie and bake a big batch. While they’re still warm from the oven, press an upside-down peanut butter cup into the center of the cookie. Let it cool then decorate with brown icing to draw legs and add sugar eyes for a full effect.

Pumpkin Cookies

Nothing screams Halloween quite like a beautifully carved jack-o-lantern. You can make pumpkin cookies using a specialty shaped cookie cutter or by forming round cookies and adding a small stem. Once baked, let them cool, then decorate with orange and black icing. Set up a decorate-your-own-pumpkin station and allow the kids or your party guests to make their own delicious treat.

Candy Corn

There’s nothing more fun (or confusing) than making something that appears to be something else. Enter–the candy corn cookie. Use a simple dough and form large triangles. Round the corners slightly and bake. After cooling, decorate with orange icing at the base of the triangle, yellow in the middle, and white at the tip.

Ghosts

For centuries, the plain white bedsheet has been used as the perfect last-minute ghost costume. For an extra haunted holiday, make ghost shaped cookies! Use a specialty cookie cutter or free-form your own creative ghost shapes. Use lots of white icing with black accents for a scary face and eyes.

The options for Halloween cookies are only limited by your imagination. Whether it’s a simple cookie with “trick-or-treat” written in icing or an elaborate creation made to mimic a severed finger, cookies are the answer to your every Halloween, sweet-treat need.

 

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Every year our families gather around the table to give thanks for all that is good in our lives. While we toast to our good health and our continued good fortunes throughout the year, we should also take a moment and give thanks for cookies. Cookies are warm, delicious mouthfuls of joy and I for one am very grateful to have them in my life. This Thanksgiving, why not try something new with these fun and easy recipes…

Pumpkin Meringue

It just isn’t autumn without pumpkin flavored everything and while recipes for pumpkin and chocolate or pumpkin and oatmeal or pumpkin and peanut butter abound, why not just enjoy pumpkin all by it’s lonesome? You can with this simple pumpkin meringue cookie.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp liquid pumpkin spice extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp nutmeg

Directions:

  • 1)Preheat oven to 200 degrees
  • 2)Whisk egg whites in a clean bowl for 30 seconds or until frothy
  • 3)Add in vinegar, cornstarch, and pumpkin spice extract
  • 4)With the mixer on high, beat the ingredients while adding sugar in a slow, steady stream
  • 5)Beat on high for an additional 4 minutes until peaks form
  • 6)Pipe mixture onto parchment paper lined baking sheet (*hint* use a quart sized plastic bag with a corner cut off for easy design making)
  • 7)Sprinkle nutmeg on top of cookies for added color and flavor
  • 8)Bake at 200 degrees for 80 minutes
  • 9)Turn off the oven and let meringues sit for at least 4 hours (or overnight) – DO NOT open oven door during cooking or cooling
  • 10)Once set, remove from tray and enjoy!

Apple Pie Cookies

It’s very difficult for me to choose a favorite dessert since there are such a variety of tastes, textures, and styles, but during Thanksgiving it’s always a hard choice between cookies or pie. If you don’t like to choose, but eating both is too much food, just try this ingenious recipe for apple pie cookies. The best part about this recipe is that you can just as easily make it from scratch or using pre-made ingredients. Who said you can’t have your pie and eat it in cookie form too?

Ingredients:

  • 2 homemade or store bought, ready-to-bake pie crusts
  • 1 cup caramel sauce
  • 1 ¾ cups apple pie filling (canned or fresh made)
  • 1 egg – lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup sugar

Directions

  • 1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • 2)Lay out one pie crust and add caramel sauce in a thin layer
  • 3)Spread apple filling across caramel, using a spatula or your palms to ensure an even layer
  • 4)Cut remaining pie crust into ½ inch strips and lay over apple mixture in a lattice pattern (*hint* there are plenty of ways to get creative with your top crust so don’t think you have to do just the normal criss-cross)
  • 5)Using a round cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • 6)Brush the tops of cookies with the lightly beaten egg and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over generously
  • 7)Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown
  • 8)Cool, serve, and enjoy! (Maybe along with a bowl of vanilla ice cream)

Plain Sugar Cookies

After the two delicious recipes above, you may be wondering how a plain old sugar cookie made the list. Well, this one isn’t so much about the cookie itself, but more about the act of making it. Nothing is an easier (or more delicious) way of occupying the kids than setting them down at the table to decorate sugar cookies. Start with a plain sugar cookie, either store bought or homemade and bake accordingly. Allow your cookies to cool completely before decorating them. You can use anything and everything for decorating, but there are a few good supplies to always have on hand…

Tools:

  • Plain white royal icing
  • Variety of food coloring
  • Rubber or latex gloves (for use when mixing colors)
  • Quart freezer bags for use as piping bags
  • Decorative icing tips
  • Spatulas
  • Toothpicks
  • Food color markers
  • Paint brushes
  • Parchment paper

When it comes to the holidays, let’s be thankful that we have happy homes and healthy families, but let us not also forget to be thankful for the abundance of cookies there are to make and enjoy. Try one of our delicious recipes and your taste buds may just end up thanking you this Thanksgiving.

It’s almost September, which means the most wonderful time of the year is only a few short months away. The holiday season is special for a number of reasons. For one, it’s a season devoted to spending time with loved ones. It’s also a time to reflect on the year as a whole and to give thanks. However, it’s also a time to bring out your most beloved holiday traditions. Whether you enjoy decorating the tree or decking the halls, everyone has a favorite seasonal activity. One of the most popular and time-honored holiday activities is decorating Christmas cookies. While decorating gingerbread men and snowflakes will always be fun, creating the same designs every year can get old. If you’re looking to branch out, these eight decoration ideas are sure to breathe new life into your favorite cookie recipes.

Half-dipped “ornaments”

If you love making ornament-shaped Christmas cookies, try this trend. After making a circular, bulb-shaped cookie, dip half of it in melted chocolate. Then, either leave the chocolate as is, or decorate the chocolate-covered half with sprinkles or other small candies. These fun cookies require little effort, but end up looking great.

Ornamental copycats

For another creative decoration idea that involves ornaments, try recreating the design of your favorite ornament on a cookie. Simply bake the cookie in the shape of that particular ornament and grab some colored icing. After that, tap into your artistic skills and get to work!

Haute snowmen

Sick of the same old snowmen cookies? Maybe it’s time to spice them up. Instead of the corncob pipe and top hat, try giving your snowmen cookies varied accessories. Plenty of interesting and edible accessories can be found in the baking aisle of your local grocery store. Use these to create scarves, hats, and even shoes for your snowmen.

Ugly Christmas sweaters

Let’s be honest, ugly Christmas sweaters are a staple of the holiday season; the two go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you’re already seeing them everywhere, why not work them into your Christmas cookie repertoire? Even better, make an ugly Christmas sweater cookie that matches a sweater you already have.

Miniature gingerbread houses

No time to make a full-sized gingerbread house this year? Try making a cookie version! Just use a house-shaped cookie cutter, various candies, and plenty of icing.

Bite-sized look-alikes

What better to go with your mini gingerbread house than a mini cookie family? Whether modeled after your own family or conjured up from your imagination, personalized gingerbread people are a fun take on this holiday classic.

Poinsettia cookies

These bold and beautiful holiday flowers look just as good as Christmas cookies as they do around your home. Depending on what look you want, you can create these cookies in two different ways. If you’re looking for a faster and easier way to put these cookies together, you can simply use red icing to create the iconic holiday flower. However, if you’re looking for a more intricate design, you can create individual petal cookies and place them together to create the Poinsettia.

Smitten with mittens

Winter essentials, like mittens, make great Christmas cookies. Mitten-shaped cookie cutters are inexpensive and easy to find, making this a must for your holiday cookie batch. You can then stock up on icing and design your own mittens, or model them after a pair you already own. Want a full set? Create a hat or scarf cookie to match.

We hope these decorative ideas inspired you to start planning some out-of-the-box Christmas cookies ideas for this holiday season. Want to show off your creations? Make sure to share some photos of your holiday masterpieces with us!

This article was written by Cookie Bouquets and originally appeared on “The Simple Mom”

Life can get very stressful and overwhelming, especially with young children, and sometimes it can be easy to choose the less-messy option of buying pre-baked cookies and goods for your kids. While this is understandable, it can be very worthwhile and enjoyable to take the time to bond with your children by baking homemade cookies together. There are a wide variety of reasons in regards to why should take the extra time to bake cookies with your children. Cookie Bouquets wants you to know eight reasons why you should bake cookies alongside your children.

  • Teach important life skills. The process of baking is a great way to teach your child important life skills such as how to successfully work as a team, how to read and follow directions, how to be safe in the kitchen, how to clean up afterwards, and many other valuable lessons. Many basic life skills relate to baking
  • Teach your children important basic math skills. Baking cookies is the perfect opportunity to make learning math fun for your children. Measuring the ingredients, setting the timer, and teaching your little one how to double or triple what the recipe calls for are great ways to assist your children in learning basic math. If your child strongly dislikes learning math at school, this is a great way to make learning math a pleasurable experience.
  • Your kids will learn about the importance of patience. Being patient is a life skill than can be difficult for many young children to grasp. Baking is the perfect way to show your children that patience is an important aspect of life that must be understood. Baking can be a precise process that takes time before making it to the yummy final product.
  • Show your kids that clean-up cannot be forgotten. “Clean your room,” are most likely three words that your child does not like to hear. Baking creates an opportunity to show your child that cleaning up is part of the steps and needs to be done carefully and completely. Your kids will learn the valuable lesson that every mess needs to be cleaned up.
  • Teach your kids about sharing. Learning to share is another concept that can be difficult for some children comprehend. Taking turns and sharing throughout the baking process is a great way to teach your little one how to share. Sharing the cookies at the end is often the hardest part, so be sure to teach your child that whatever goodies you make are for everyone in the family to enjoy.
  • Work on your child’s reading skills. Have your child read the recipe out loud to you. If your child does not understand some of the words, you will be able to assist him or her. Reading is, of course, a very important skill for your little one and it will bring you immense joy when you see your child read.
  • Spark your child’s creativity. It is very important for children to engage in creative activities. Turn baking cookies into a creative art project with by making artistic icing designs. Icing will add loads of fun the baking process.
  • Spend quality time with your child! Finally, and most importantly, baking is a wonderful way to spend quality time with your children. Every day can be very busy and hectic, but taking an hour or two with your child and making this memory with your child will forever be cherished.

There are many rewards that will come out of baking cookies with your child in a variety of areas. Not only will you get to spend time bonding with your child, but you will also teach them many valuable life skills. Time to get baking!