Ask Holly: Halloween Mummy Sugar Cookies & Monster Cupcakes

These Mummy Cookies are perfect for your upcoming Halloween parties. Here’s my recipe below or you can buy the roll-out version at the store to save time.

Sugar Cookies
I have been using this recipe for about 20 years and I just love it!

2 sticks  (1 cup) unsalted butter softened
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 freshly grated nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup of milk (room temp)
6 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder

Cream together butter and sugar with a mixer
Add the vanilla, nutmeg, and eggs one at a time, then add the milk.
In another bowl mix dry ingredients.
Add to butter mixture a little at a time.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for and hour or longer.
Dust rolling surface with flour, press a ball of dough out and dust with flour, roll out to a 1/4″ or so.
Dust the rim of a glass with flour and cut out cookies.
Place on cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes depending on the thickness.
Let them cool.

My Mom’s Famous Frosting

1 cup shortening (try getting the sticks they are much easier to work with)
5 cups of powdered sugar
3 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (this is what makes it so yummy but take out if someone has a severe tree nut allergy)
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Start with two cups of powdered sugar.
Mix with other ingredients, then add one cup of powdered sugar at a time until combined.

This will keep for weeks if covered in the refrigerator!

Gather your supplies together: frosting in a pastry bag, black food coloring, yellow M&M’s (or as my son calls them “nema nems”), Twizzlers red Pull ‘n Peel candy, decorating tip #101 ‘petal’, black decorating gel. All of these are available at AC Moore or for my non Baristaville readers, Micheal’s.

Mix frosting and black coloring. Spread the mummy’s eye hole with a paring knife.

Frost the rest with a butter knife and white frosting.

Put white frosting in prepared pasty bag ( they come with instructions). Zig zag back and forth and across for the bandage affect.  Fold under and hold the end with your non favored hand. smooth the edges down with you fingers when done.

Apply M&M’s and dot  with black gel frosting. Finish or her off with a piece of Twizzler. Have fun with them make the eyes looking up down, to the side or cross eyed.

Want to get the kids in on the action? Have them make Monster Cupcakes! This makes a fun party activity.

I have had great luck with elementary  school aged children decorating these cupcakes. I’m so tired of recipes telling me to use “assorted candies” I have “assorted candies” in the bottom of my purse and on the floor of my car. This is what I liked: M&M’s, gummy worms, button candy on the paper,  mini marshmallows, sour candy apple rings, Twizzler Pull ‘n Peel candy, frosting and green food coloring.

They can create any Spooky monster they want. Here are a few of my creations:

 

Questions? Ask Holly!

Happy Halloween!

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