One of our favorite things to do in the Hanson house on a day off from school is bake together. Today, Sophie and I decided to bake some Halloween sugar cookies with American made supplies.

baking cookies

 The American baking supplies we used for our Halloween sugar cookies included:

My BFF- the KitchenAid Stand Mixer, made in Greenville Ohio since 1941.

MainStays slide off non stick cookie sheets made in the USA and found at Walmart. No need to grease these cookie sheets, the cookies really do just slide off!

Ceresota Unbleached  Flour made from wheat grown and milled in the United States, has been a baking staple for over 100 years. I usually buy Heckers, which has the same exact bag, and is owned by the same company.

Made in Vermont Ann Clark Ltd cookie cutters with Halloween designs- bat, ghost and haunted house, pumpkin, candy corn and a leaf.

Cake Mate Halloween Colors Writing Icing and orange crystals from Signature Brands Llc, for decorating.

Making, baking and decorating sugar cookies is a day long event at our house.  We used Martha Stewart's Ideal Sugar Cookies recipe which I found on Pinterest.

First we made the cookie dough.

cookie dough

Sophie loves pouring the ingredients into the bowl!  The curved handle on this Tupperware measuring cup makes it easier for her small hand to hold- and it's made in the USA!

One of the many things I have learned when baking with my kids- I can't take my eyes off of them for a second! Even when I think they are old enough to have learned, I still catch them adding “more ingredients”.  This has lead to some very interestingly flavored cookies in the past, and can be dangerous if the mixer is running when they decide to “help”.

When all the ingredients were added and the dough was formed, we wrapped it in plastic and stuck it in the fridge for a few hours to firm up. Tip: If you are limited for time, stick it in the freezer for about 20 minutes or so.

cutting cookiesAfter a couple of hours in the fridge, the dough was easier to work with. We rolled it out on a VERY floured surface and even made sure there was flour sprinkled on top AND rubbed on the rolling pin. The more flour the better, so the cookie dough doesn't stick.

ovenreadySophie was so proud of her work when the first batch was ready for the oven!

By the time all of the cookies were baked and cooled, Logan was home from a visit with Granny, and eager to help with the decorating!

My kiddos usually spend more time eating the decorating supplies than they do actually decorating. The fact that this frosting was in a tube, curbed some of that eating.


A sample of the final masterpieces, which are totally Pinterest worthy!

Halloween Sugar Cookies Recipe with made in USA Supplies

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