A fun Halloween sugar cookie, these Spooky Bat Cookies are the perfect first sugar cookie recipe if you are new to making and decorating sugar cookies.
Bat Cookies Recipe
Decorated sugar cookies are my go-to recipe for special events and holidays.
There are always so many ideas for how to transform this basic recipe into creative cookies – but it all starts with the basics.
This sugar cookie recipe is super simple and straightforward. It’s a great recipe if you’re new to baking or will be baking with kids. While I made simple bats with our sugar cookie dough, you can feel free to get as creative as you want. I think simple designs that only require one or two colors are best for beginners – you can always get ambitious next time!
My best tip with this recipe is to double the cookie dough when you make it and then freeze half of the dough (or half of the baked cookies) for the next time you and the kids want to bake. It freezes extremely well, and then all you have to do the next time you want to bake is grab it out of the freezer and let it thaw for less than two hours.
Of course, you can use pre-made sugar cookie dough for this recipe but I really encourage you to give this recipe a try. I really dislike store-bought sugar cookie dough and I think you’ll find a huge quality difference. (This recipe may just ruin store-bought cookie dough for you!)
Ingredients for Bat Cookies
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the royal icing:
- 1 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups powdered icing sugar, as needed
- Black gel food coloring
Tip: you can use pre-made sugar cookie dough, if desired.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Medium size circle cookie cutter
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Electric mixer
- Cutting board
- Rolling pin
- Cookie Sheets
- Cooling racks
How to Make Halloween Sugar Cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cover two cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside
Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat to incorporate, about 2 minutes.
In a small separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the sugar-butter mixture, combine, and then add the remaining half.
Lightly flour a cutting board and knead the cookie dough a couple of times
Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut out your circles, re-rolling out the dough as needed, and place onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown at the edges.
Let cookies cool completely.
Royal Icing Directions:
Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla and powdered icing sugar and mix until stiff peaks form.
Scoop out about 1/4 of the frosting for the eyes and refrigerate, then dye the remaining icing black.
Scoop the icing into a piping bag and trace an outline onto the bat cookies, then fill it in with the royal icing.
Let the bats dry overnight before adding the eye details, if desired. I found a toothpick was easy, but you may prefer to use a piping bag to add that detail.
Grab your free printable for our bat sugar cookies:
For the royal icing: