Orange and Black Sugar Cookies For Halloween!
Orange and Black Halloween cookies are easy and party ready! Orange isn’t the new black; it’s only half the story of this fun recipe for Halloween cookies! No cauldron or cackling required!
Halloween baked goods are just as popular as Halloween treats these days. But there are no tricks to these Halloween treats! Super cute Minty Fudge Vampire Brownies, diet-friendly Pumpkin Fluff Dip, and ingenious Candy Corn Cookies are always a hit, especially when “Boo’s and Ghoul’s” stop in for a “spell!”
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Otherworldy-orange and moonless-midnight colors are only part of the magic for this Halloween cookie recipe. They are frightfully good with no magic wand required!
Why Witches & Warlocks Love Orange And Black Cookies
- The striking orange and black Halloween cookies create a “boo-tiful” cookie for parties, get-togethers, or just to thrill the little goblins.
- No rolling or cookie cutters are involved for these Halloween cookies.
- Cocoa powder gives the “devilishly dark” half of the cookie extra chocolate pizzaz!
- Orange and black cookies are easily adaptable for Harvest Festivals or any color combination for other celebrations as well.
- There are many creative ways to serve “phantasmic” orange and black cookies. For “howl-able” Halloween dessert ideas, see below.
Grab These Ingredients To Make Orange and Black Cookies
With this recipe, you don’t have to be crafty or clever to create crave-worthy Halloween cookies! Contrasting flavors and colors make these Halloween cookies devilishly delightful.
- Butter – Do not substitute for margarine. This recipe is best with real butter. Additionally, make sure you allow the butter to come to room temperature before using it. Room temp butter is still cool to the touch, yet your finger should be able to make an indent in the butter without sinking.
- Sugar – White Granulated
- Brown Sugar – Light brown sugar, firmly packed to remove the air trapped by the moist granules.
- Egg – should be taken out of the fridge at the same time you grab the butter to remove the chill before mixing.
- Vanilla Extract – Always work with pure vanilla extract when you can.
- Flour – we use all-purpose flour for this Halloween cookie recipe. Use the spoon and level method to measure, or grab your kitchen scale and weigh out 120gms (1cup) and 40gms (⅓ cup).
- Baking Soda – is used in cookie recipes to keep the dough from baking hard & flat. Check the helpful hints below to test if your baking soda is fresh.
- Kosher Salt
- Cocoa Powder – Dutched cocoa will deepen the black coloring and provide a nice chocolatey contrast to the orange/vanilla side.
- Black & Orange Food Color* – Gel works best in this Halloween cookie recipe and shouldn’t affect the flavor of Halloween treats. Check the helpful hints below if you prefer to make your own black food color.
Baker’s Tip – I suggest Americolor or Wilton gel food coloring. A little goes a long way, and won’t affect the consistency or flavor of your Halloween desserts. You can find get food color at most big box retailers and craft stores in their cake decorating section. Or buy gel food color online at Amazon .~TidyMom
How To Make Orange and Black Halloween Cookies
Hope you didn’t put that kitchen scale away! You’ll need your stand or hand mixer, two baking sheets, a whisk, and a couple of mixing bowls. Don’t make the monster mistake of forgetting parchment paper for your Halloween cookie dough!
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- Cream butter and sugars, add egg and vanilla, and beat until well combined.
- Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt, then add to the wet ingredients.
- Divide the cookie dough into two even batches. A kitchen scale is handy for this step.
- Mix cocoa powder and black food color into one batch, and orange food color to the other batch of cookie dough. Divide each batch of colored cookie dough into 12 even pieces. (24 total) Again, a kitchen scale is handy for this step.
- Chill for 15 minutes; gently press together one piece of black dough with one piece of orange dough and roll into a ball.
- Place the dough balls on parchment-lined sheet pans with at least two inches between each ball.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookie edges are set.
Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. Then eat, drink, and be scary!
Read the full recipe before starting to make sure you have all the ingredients and equipment to make it. Make sure everything is fresh and butter and eggs are at room temperature). This will set you up for a successful treat and make the process so much easier!
How to test the freshness of baking soda:
Put a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass bowl and add a couple of drops of white vinegar to see if it reacts. You are looking for an immediate and robust reaction with fizzing and bubbling.
You can also do the reverse by sprinkling baking soda over a teaspoon of white vinegar, looking for the same reaction.
How to make black food coloring:
Need black food color on the fly? If there isn’t time for a broomstick flight, you can conjure homemade black food coloring with equal parts blue, red, and green. You may have to adjust the red or green a bit, but adding cocoa powder helps deepen the black naturally.
I recommend using gel colorants over liquids to avoid affecting the taste or texture of the cookie dough. I like the Wilton gel in the little jars because you use and pay a bit less. If you regularly need a high-performance coloring gel for other baked goods or crafts, check out Americolor Super Black Soft Gel Paste.
How to use this Halloween cookie recipe for other themed occasions:
Simply break out your gel food coloring supplies and change up the colors. A few ideas:
- Christmas: Blue/White or Green/Red
- Valentines Day: Red/Pink or Red/Purple
- July 4th or Veterans Day: Red/Blue
- Easter Celebrations: Pastel Combinations
- St. Patricks Day: Dark/Light Green
- Graduations: Black/Blue or School Colors
Half and half cookies are always a visual treat, and the Halloween cookie recipe is easy to use to create any theme you like.
How to Store These Halloween Cookies
Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
How to Freeze These Cookies
Simply transfer completely cooled cookies to an airtight container or freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter and they are ready to serve.
Orange And Black Halloween Cookie Serving Suggestions
- Orange and Black Halloween cookies look great in Halloween Cellophane Bags for treats, gifts, or a You’ve Been Booed surprise.
- Clever ice cream sandwiches with Halloween cookies. Place a scoop of your favorite ice cream between two cookies, press together, and roll the sides in Halloween Sprinkles. Sooo cute! Freeze until ready to serve!
- Create a Fall Festive Cookie Plate for a friend, neighbor, bus driver or co-worker.
- Send an owl to all your “witches,” inviting them for a Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail and Halloween cookies.
Need a couple more ideas for a spooktacular Halloween cookie tray? With a bit of artistry and Royal Icing, you can turn Pumpkin Snickerdoodles, Oatmeal Cookies w/Chocolate Drizzle, or Chocolate Fudge Lava Cookies into a decorative and tasty tray of Halloween baked goodies.
Boo to you from me and my crew…We witch you a Happy Halloween!
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Orange and Black Halloween Sugar Cookies
These striking orange and black Halloween cookies create a “boo-tiful” cookie for parties, get-togethers, or just to thrill the little goblins. No rolling or cookie cutters are involved.
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temp
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon dutch process cocoa powder
- 4-5 drops black gel food color
- 4-5 drops orange gel food color
- Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars with a hand or stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. It is OK if some flour is still visible as you will mix the dough again at a later stage.
- Using a kitchen scale, divide the cookie dough into two even batches.
- Add the cocoa powder and black food color to one of the batches. Mix until combined. Add the orange food color to the other batch of cookie dough and mix until combined.
- Divide the black cookie dough into 12 even pieces, about 2 teaspoons per piece. Repeat with the orange cookie dough.
- Chill the dough pieces for 15 minutes. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Once the dough has chilled, gently press together one piece of black dough with one piece of orange dough and roll into a ball. Repeat until all dough is used.
- Place the dough balls on the parchment-lined cookie sheets with at least two inches between each ball. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges of the cookie have set.
- Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g
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