Autumn celebration sugar cookies

Here’s a recipe with 2 fabulously autumnal and stylish ways to decorate your cookies.  The pumpkins and owls are suitable for a Halloween celebration, Thanksgiving or Bonfire Night. 

Serves: 30


  • 200 g Unsalted butter, softened
  • 200 g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Large egg, beaten
  • g 400 plain flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 tbsp tsp ground cinnamon
  • 250 g Renshaw Regal ice , (white)
  • 250 g Renshaw Regal ice , (Marine blue)
  • 250 g Renshaw Regal ice , (Jet black)
  • Edible paint , (black and red)
  • 25 g pack Wilton Candy
  • Eyeballs*, available from
  • Edible glue
  • SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: Baking sheet; parchment paper; 6.5cm-pumpkin cookie cutter


Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

1. Use a free standing mixer with a flat paddle to cream the butter and
sugar together until just combined.

2. Beat the egg into the mixture; sift the flour and add in the ground cinnamon.

3. On a medium speed, mix all of the ingredients together, until it comes together to form a soft dough ball; when the dough comes away from the bowl’s sides it is ready, you may need to add more flour. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

4. Remove the dough from the fridge and sprinkle a surface with flour.

5. Roll the dough out to a thickness of 5mm. Use the cookie cutters to
cut out the shapes.

6. Place the cookies onto the lined baking sheet, making sure they are evenly spaced out. Put in the fridge for a further 30 minutes to chill.

7. Place the cookies in the preheated oven for 6–8 minutes, or until the cookies are cream in colour. Remove the cookies from the oven and leave to cool on the baking sheet before decorating.

To decorate the Drunken Pumpkins:

Make the cookies as before using the pumpkin cutter.

8. To decorate, roll out the marine blue icing to a thickness of about 3mm, using icing sugar on your board to stop it from sticking. Cut out a pumpkin shape from the icing using the cookie cutter and stick it to the top of the cookie using the edible glue. Use a paint brush to etch on red food colouring veins onto the candy eyeballs: this makes the eyes look drunken. Then stick the eyes into place on the blue pumpkin. Cut out a small triangular mouth from the black icing and stick the triangle, upside down, in place below the eye.

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