Design to Dish: Halloween Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays—I love how the weather is a little cooler, the sky a little darker and moodier, the food comforting and cozy. Some people really go all in for creepy, gory Halloween stuff, but I prefer my Halloween whimsical, charming, and old-fashioned, and I love the idea of throwing a really wonderful, timeless Halloween party for friends and neighbors. My party would be full of pumpkins and treats, hay bales and cornstalks, and massive amounts of festive fall fun!

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved decorating sugar cookies (and eating them!). My kids love them too. It’s a great way to get in the spirit of whatever holiday is coming up. If you give the cookies a chocolate twist, they are even more perfect for Halloween! Chocolate sugar cookies cut out in fun Halloween shapes would be a great party favor for a Halloween or harvest party, or a fun party-time activity! Keep reading for the recipe…Links:
1. Scary Holiday Party invite from Minted
2. Chocolate Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs, recipe below
3. Pumpkin Punch served in a pumpkin, from Honestly Yum
4. Awesome front porch pumpkin decor, from Country Living
5. Spider web balloons, from Design Improvised
6. Poison toffee apples, from Simply Delicious
7. A gorgeous flower arrangement in a pumpkin vase, from Good Housekeeping 

halloween party ideas chocolate sugar cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 Tablespoons shortening, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, shortening, and sugar. Cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined. In a separate bowl, combine salt, baking powder, flour, and cocoa powder. Add dry ingredients to the mixing bowl, and mix everything just until combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 400°F. When dough is chilled, turn it out onto a floured work surface and roll to a thickness of 1/8-1/4″. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes, place cookies on ungreased baking sheets, and bake 6-8 minutes. The cookies are ready to come out of the oven when they no longer look wet. Allow to cool, then frost. Vanilla, cream cheese, or chocolate frosting would all be great choices. Makes 2-3 dozen cookies.

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