Bakery-style gluten free Halloween sugar cookies, made soft and tender, and shaped like sweet little pumpkins. Make your Halloween a spooky success!
I’m not what you’d call a very enthusiastic Halloweener. What I’m trying to say is, I always volunteer to stay home and answer the door. And if you show up at my house and just stand there in a costume, I’m just going to ask you how it’s goin’ and wait. At least give me a half-hearted “trick or treat.” Otherwise, it’s just, well, showing up at someone’s door. But I do like to bake, and I never like to miss a chance to show you how versatile our gluten free soft frosted sugar cookies can be (with or without the frosting). Happy gluten free Halloween, and all that.
These are the various phases of my psyche while making these cookies: worried/earnest (will people like my cookies?), crazy (normal for me, at any given moment), eye-rolling (maybe there’s something important behind me, and I can see it like this instead of just turning around). You can, of course, skip the royal icing and just bang these cookies right out in two shakes. But then how would you give your pumpkin cookies attitude? (Oh, and I found the pumpkin cookie-cutter a few years ago at Bed Bath & Beyond, I think, and I’m pretty sure it’s made by Wilton).
Two important facts about these soft bakery-style sugar cookies: 1. They are just like the delicious soft sugar cookies you always find at bakeries and the grocery store, all dressed up for whatever holiday is next; and 2. I used gel food coloring to make them orange, and since they are soft-baked, they stay orange instead of turning brown in the oven.
Tomorrow, some super-easy homemade candy. I make my kids dump all the candy they get from trick-or-treating, so I have to have even better stuff waiting for them at home. I know. My kids have a crazy mom (see crazy-eyes cookie above).