Happy Halloween !
Halloween actually isn't a big deal anymore here in France. It was huge in the late 90s, and we'd all dress up and have a party with family, but the hype died down after a few years.
I made this sablés (they're like sugar cookies) for my little brother, who'd been talking about Halloween for days, drawing witches and ghosts and vampires and putting them all over the house.
I don't have a pumpkin cookie cutter (though this one is on my list), so I used a sharp knife to cut the pumpkin shapes. For the round eyes, I used an icing tip, and then again freehanded the triangle eyes with a knife. I colored the dough using Wilton Orange icing color and (too much) Americolor Leaf Green color.
You will definitely see this recipe again on the blog, as it's one I've used for years, and will continue to use. Enjoy it !
Sablés (Sugar Cookies)
125g of granulated sugar
1 pinch of salt
250g of flour
125g of softened butter
Whisk together the sugar and salt and mix in the egg.
Gradually add in the flour.
Add the softened butter, and mix until the dough forms a ball.
Chill the dough in the fridge for 5/10 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare your work surface : flour your surface, rolling pin, and once the dough is chilled, roll it out. Cut shapes using a cookie cutter. Place the sablés on a baking paper covered cookie sheet.
Put the sablés in the fridge (or freezer) for 2/5 minutes.
Bake in a preheated oven (TH3/4) for 10 to 12 minutes, then let cool.
Note : You can decorate them using royal icing, or leave them plain.