Happy Halloween – Recipe: Nathan’s Sugar Cookies


Happy Halloween!

My littles are beyond excited about trick-or-treating tonight.  So, I am trying to get everything done before they get home from school so that I can entertain them before the big event.

We have a tradition that we started several years ago.  My sister’s family comes over for dinner.  We visit, eat, take pictures, and then head out to trick-or-treating.  We do it for fun…and for sanity…as all of the children have an unbelievable amount of energy by dinner time.  This way, they can focus on each other for a little while we get some good food in our bellies for the long night ahead.

Gabriel is Captain Cody (Star Wars the Clone Wars Storm Trooper).  He could not decide on a costume, and I was starting to panic because Halloween was approaching ever-so-quickly.  So, Ethan and I went to Halloween Express after his swallow study a couple of weeks ago.  I picked it out, and they told me that they did not accept returns.  Great.  I held my breath, hoping that Gabriel would like it…and…never fear…he absolutely loved it.


Ethan is an Army Man.  It was Gabriel’s costume from last year, but it is the one that he chose, after going to multiple stores, looking at magazines, and looking on-line.  We are not sure if he really just loves his brother that much…or if he loves to salute people.  Either way, it is pretty cute.  And, the costume is perfect for him.


Summer is Snow White.  We looked and looked and looked for her, too.  We were actually about to come home and look on-line again when lights shone down on the costume that she wanted.   She ran to it and said, “This one is the one I want.”  She tried it on as soon as we got home, and she said, “Oh, mommy.  It is perfect.  I always wanted to be Snow White.”  Her smile was absolutely priceless.


Yep, seeing the looks on their faces makes the crazy night oh-so worth it.  Getting to see the world through their eyes is honestly a privilege and an absolute joy.

So, we spent the weekend making foods to gear up for the big night.

Caramel apples on Thursday.


Jack-o-Lantern pizza on Friday.


And, these pumpkin cookies on Sunday.

Nathan’s Sugar Cookies

Nathan’s Sugar Cookies


3 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 egg


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Prepare baking sheet by lining with parchment paper.
  3. Add butter to mixer, and mix until whipped.
  4. Slowly add the sugar, and mix until combined.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture, and mix until combined.
  8. Lightly flour working surface.
  9. Roll out cookie dough, cut out with shapes, and place onto baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on how thick you make the shapes.
  11. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool.
  12. Decorate with favorite frosting (I used buttercream).

We have our costumes, we have had our fill of yummy food, and we are all ready for some trick-or-treating.

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21 Responses to Happy Halloween – Recipe: Nathan’s Sugar Cookies

  1. emily says:

    I love this!!! what a great halloween fun! Would love for you to come over and link up to my Tasty Tuesday party tomorrow!

  2. Kristen says:

    Oh my goodness… your babies are getting so big! Love those big smiles!
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    • Natalie says:

      I know! I am so happy that I have taken so many pictures of them through the years. When I did the Halloween’s Past post, it was a little heart-breaking and heart-warming all at once. Have a great Halloween!

  3. sandy says:

    Can’t wait for Nathan to see he made the blog with Nathan’s Sugar Cookies. What is really funny is how the name got started. That can be shared later. They are his favorite recipe. He use to make them all the time, then he taught me how. Wish I could have been there for the festive night. I do have wonderful memories of sharing it and it was the most fun night ever. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Thanks for sharing the night with use by your most wonderful blog.

    • Natalie says:

      The cookies were absolutely fantastic! I did not know why you called them “Nathan’s Sugar Cookies”, but when I saw that in the recipe book, I knew that I had to use that wonderful name for them. 🙂

      Wish that you could have been here last night. It was fun. And, I could have used some help carrying Summer, two buckets, and guiding Ethan while the others went to see the “scary” house. The youngest littles just could not walk another step…and my sore arm will make me remember and smile for days to come. 🙂

  4. Those sugar cookies look so yummy . . . and they are very attractive, too!

    • Natalie says:

      Thank you so much. Creating pretty food is definitely on my list of things that I am still working on every day. Trial and error…and sometimes a little luck. 🙂

  5. Looks like your kids had a lot of fun!! These cookies look so yummy!!
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  6. Winnie says:

    these cookies look really beautiful!
    wonderful work 🙂

  7. Yum! I could go for one of those right now!! Thanks for sharing on 2 Maids a Baking!!
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  8. Bizzy says:

    I love how you decorated the sugar cookies. You gave them a personality. Thanks for sharing this on Bake with Bizzy.

  9. trisha says:

    This is such a cute post. I love the pizza and the cookies are so fantastic and cute! However, the kiddos steal the real sweetness here.
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  10. Jerri says:

    What a fun post! And your cookies look delicious! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! I’m featuring you this week.

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