The Best Soft and Chewy Halloween Sugar Cookies

The Best Soft and Chewy Halloween Sugar Cookies

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I know guys, it’s a miracle. I’m straying away from cupcakes for a week. Don’t worry though, I’ve got a great one in the works so keep an eye out for that! If you’re in a cupcake mood though, you should hop over to my Worms & Dirt cupcakes or my Chunky Monkey Cupcakes!

With Halloween in the air, I just had to take a cake break and make up a batch of sugar cookies. These aren’t just any sugar cookies though, they are the BEST sugar cookies!

We had a little bakery where I grew up that had these cookies. They were amazing. Soft and chewy, but still with a little bite to them. Every holiday they would be iced in fun shapes or have a colored sugar dust. Of course, you had to get one of each if you are like me and can’t make a decision if your life depended on it. ( or if, also like me, you just love some cookies).

I’ve been working on perfecting their recipe for a while now and by George, I think I have it. Even if it’s not exactly the same as the ones I had as a kid they are still pretty darn good.

Related: Pumpkin Patch Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes 

Bakery Style Sugar Cookies

Soft and Chewy Halloween Sigar Cookies

Soft and Chewy Halloween Sigar Cookies


  • 3/4 C butter
  • 3/4 C turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 C organic flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Combine butter and sugar in mixer. Mix for around 1 minute or until smooth.
  2. Add in vanilla and almond. Combine another 1 minute.
  3. In a separate bowl combine sifted flour, baking powder, and salt
  4. Slowly add dry mixture into wet mixture. Combine until ball of dough begins to form.
  5. Separate dough into 2 rounds. Spread each out between 2 sheets of wax paper and place in fridge to chill about an hour.
  6. Roll dough out to 1/4 to 1/2 inch depending on how you like your cookie.
  7. Cut into preferred shape and transfer carefully to baking sheet.
  8. Bake 8-10 minutes.
  9. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. Continue cooling on baking rack.
  10. Decorate as desired. .

I just can’t get enough Halloween snacks. I think I am just hungrier this time of year. Maybe I’m happier since it’s my favorite time of year ( and almost my birthday!) Maybe I’m getting ready to hibernate. Either way, these cookies are a must-have Halloween snack for me.

Why Do I Use Turbinado Sugar?

Personally, I prefer to use Turbinado sugar because it is less processed than white sugar. I have found that I can use it in nearly every recipe that calls for white sugar. The only issue I have found is that it can alter the color of things slightly due to the color of the sugar itself.

Due to its lack of processing, many believe turbinado to be lower in calories than white sugar. In addition, during the processing that turbinado does go through it is not crushed to void it of all liquids. Rather, the liquid evaporates slowly leaving behind higher vitamin and mineral content.

There are other sugar substitutes out there that are less harmful than white sugar. However, some have issues that make them unhealthy and others just plain don’t match my palette.

Interestingly, turbinado sugar gets its name from the turbines used in processing. It gets its darker color from the molasses created naturally in the processing that it does go through.

Related: 8 Amazing Halloween Sensory Ideas You Need to Try This Year! 

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