These adorable Halloween sugar cookies are inspired by the equally sweet Vampirina from Disney Jr. The perfect not-too-spooky festive treat for kids this season.
Even though my girls are getting bigger, I love that the occasional Disney Jr. show still hits the rotation once in a while. Little Pea fell in love with Vampirina when it first launched and thanks to the Hotel Transylvania movies, she has been obsessed with friendly vampires.
She chose to go as a sweet (not scary) girl vampire for her Halloween costume this year. I thought it would be fun to make a platter of sugar cookies together that was a twist on the season's spookier themes.
These playful purple polka dot and black bat cookies are inspired by Vampirina's colors and the spider web motif of her dress. They are part of our 2-color Cookies collection--my way of making fancy sugar cookies with kids without losing your mind!
Even if you are a sugar cookie beginner, I promise you can make these impressive Halloween sugar cookies with just a few simple tricks.
First, go print a copy of the best sugar cookies recipe ever.
What you need to make these adorable Halloween sugar cookies:
The cookie cutters for this cookie platter came from these sets:
- The bat cookie cutter
- The spider web cookie cutter
- The offset heart cookie cutter: This might be my all-time favorite, love that it cuts 4 cookies at one time!!
Special tools that make decorating Vampirina sugar cookies so much easier:
- Royal icing scribe for making the spider web patterns
- Royal icing bottles with #2 tips
- Wilton #1 tip for the bow & spider web pattern
How to mix the colors for the royal icing for these Vampirina sugar cookies:
The white is just the base color of the royal icing recipe so I don't count that towards our 2-color rule.
For the black, I used AmeriColor's Super Black food gel.
For the purple, I started with 1 drop of AmeriColor's Violet but thought it was too bright. I added 1 drop of AmeriColor's Tulip Red but it got too brown. I added one more drop of the violet and a drop of AmeriColor's Fuscia Pink to get the final shade we used. You can find all the AmeriColor colors right here.
How to decorate Vampirina sugar cookies:
For the bat sugar cookie: I piped and flooded the bat cookie all-black and let it dry for several hours before piping on the dots for the eyes and the little purple bow with a #1 tip.
For the heart sugar cookie: I piped and flooded the cookie in purple and then added the white polka dots using the easy wet-on-wet method. It is SUCH a satisfying way to decorate, the kids LOVE this one.
For the spider web cookie: I piped and flooded the cookie in white and then used the wet-on-wet method to add a scalloped line of black that matched the outline of the cookie for the outer row and a second scalloped line a little farther in toward the center. I added a tiny squiggle of black directly in the middle. I used the scribe tool to pull through the icing back and forth to make the thin delicate lines between the rows of black.
NOTE: You could use a toothpick instead of the scribe tool, but in my experience there is a huge difference and the scribe is absolutely worth the money. It is more precise and doesn't cling to the icing the same way a toothpick does. You can get your own scribe here.
As I mentioned before, these sugar cookie creations are a collaborative effort between my girls and me. We imagine our projects and plan them out before we begin. Little Pea, in particular, has really enjoyed the outlet for creativity.
Our designs have been super simple to start, but we use the leftover piping icing to practice our handiwork so we can slowly increase the difficulty of the designs.
When we run out of sugar cookies but still have leftover frosting, I break out squares of graham crackers and let the kids go wild. Little Pea enjoyed making these designs so much, she asked me to post them here for you to see!
Before she started on her bat cookie, she told me: "Mommy, there is such a thing as white bats, they are very rare."
Be sure to take a close look at her heart cookie--she used the scribe tool to turn her polka dots into little hearts! That was all her idea and I LOVE it. We'll definitely be using that in a future design.