Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

SpookTacular Cookies

Happy Halloween! Time to fill your candy bowl and put out those carved pumpkins.  It's trick or treat night.  We usually get our first guests around 6 with the wee ones.... it's really fun to answer the door and see the littles all dressed up in their cute costumes... I prefer that over scary!

We have one friend who comes over with her boys and I'll never forget this as long as I live.  About 5 years ago, the doorbell rang, we answered and there stood a 4 old year batman... well obviously we knew who he was, gave him some candy, he said thanks and then he pulled off his mask and said "It's me, Marcus!"  I just thought that was so adorable... he just wanted to make sure we knew who he was.... loved it!

Today's recipe is tried and true in our house and you may remember I had these as a contributor post last week with the same recipe but decorated differently. 

Almond Cookies (Aunt Katies)
by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 5 minutes plus 1 hr chilling time
Bake Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients (3 dozen)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 dash salt
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
1. Combine the first seven ingredients in a mixer (shortening will be lumpy but that is ok)
2. Mix flour and baking powder then add to liquid mixture. Refrigerate one hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350. Drop rounded 1 1/2 tablespoons on cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12 minutes and let cool completely.
4. Frost with vanilla frosting and top with sprinkles if desired.
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This recipe is really versatile - by using different color sprinkles or tinting the frosting, you could create them for any holiday or occasion.

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So what do you think will be the most popular costume this year?  I have a hunch there is a Unicorn coming by :) 


  1. I love almond cookies. These are great decorated for Halloween. Hope you have a great Halloween :)

  2. Happy halloween! Candy corns are a must this time of year. I love how you used the same colors to decorate the cookies. I'm a sucker for a soft cookie so these are calling out to me. :)
    Tina at

  3. Yummy! Pinning these! I went to the mall this afternoon where there were kids trick or treating...and believe it or not, the costume I saw the most was still the Power Rangers! That and Spider Man...

  4. Hi Deb! Oh, these cookies look and sound delicious! I absolutely LOVE almond! Hope you had a happy Halloween - fortunately, the heavy rain held off here, for the most part, until after all of the children were just about finished with their trick or treating! Have a happy Friday and a great weekend! Oh - pinning of course! :)

  5. Oh Yum! I love almond cookies, and frosting, and sprinkles! They are perfect for me :)


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