For the last years Halloween has become more and more popular to celebrate in Sweden. During the last week I’ve seen a lot of Halloween related merchandise and even ghost and pumpkin pastries in our local bakery. This year, my first in a house, we’ve carved a pumpkin and we’ve bought candies for the children that might come to trick or treat. I’m not so sure if anyone will pass by, but you never know.
I was very eager to try the new pumpkin shaped cookie cutter that I received in my blogging my mail parcel the other day, so I tried to find a good cut out cookie recipe. I decided to try a recipe from Allrecipes that I adjusted a bit, the biggest change was to add cardamom. The recipe is super simple and the cookies taste great; I believe it’s one of the best cut out recipes that I’ve tried. I decorated stems with melted chocolate and I piped faces with icing that I made with orange food colouring, icing sugar and a tiny splash of water.
Cut out cookies
adapted from Allrecipes
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups vanilla infused sugar
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp ground cardamom
Beat butter and sugar with an electric beater until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add flour, cardamom and baking powder. Combine. Cover dough and chill in the fridge for one hour.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Roll out dough on floured surface, about 1 cm thick. Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter. Place cookies on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake 6-10 minutes, make sure not to burn. Let cool before decorating.