Basic Cookie Dough

jack-o-lantern cookies

This cookie dough recipe can be used for delicious decorated Halloween cookies and is so easy to make.

After the dough is mixed and chilled, use your imagination and decorate your cookies with M&Ms, licorice, candy, cake decoration gel and frosting. Make pumpkins, spiders, ghosts and jack-o-lantern cookies!


  • 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar - lightly packed
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour


Put the butter, both sugars, salt and the baking soda in a large mixing bowl and beat with a mixer for about 3 minutes. Blend in the eggs and vanilla extract. Reduce the mixer speed and add the flour gradually. Bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes on an un-greased cookie sheet.

This cookie dough is best used when chilled so try to mix it up ahead of time to allow for a couple hours in the refrigerator. Chill between batches.