Halloween is almost here, and I’ve got a sugar cookie tutorial for you that will take your cut-out sugar cookie making skills to a new level! These Spider Web Cut Out Sugar Cookies are intricate, unique, and perfect for any spooky occasion. I’ve got everything you need to make them, including the printable template! Now let’s put on some Halloween music and get to baking!
You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to make these cookies because their detailed design takes several trips to the freezer before baking to help them maintain their sharp edges and shape, but they are well worth it! Each cookie has its own unique look depending on how your rotate it, which makes them extra fun.
Any kind of cut-out sugar cookie recipe will work for these cookies. I recommend chilling half of the dough while you roll and cut out the other half. This will help make sure that you always have cold dough to work with. You’ll also want to chill the dough again once you roll it out, after you cut out its initial shape, and after you cut out its detailing.
You’ll want to use an X-Acto Knife to cut out both the template and each cookie. The X-Acto Knife’s fine, sharp edge will help you make more precise cuts as opposed to any other kind of small sharp knife. Make sure to work slowly and carefully when using the X-Acto Knife and to cut on top of a surface that you don’t mind getting marked up.
You’ll first want to get started on printing the template on cardstock. Since it’s an intricate design, you’ll need to print it on cardstock for it to be sturdy enough. Use scissors to cut around the border of the template and the X-Acto knife to cut out the inside sections.
Once you’ve got your sugar cookie dough chilled and ready to go, you can get to rolling! Make sure to roll your dough out onto a small mat or cutting board that you can transfer to the fridge. I recommend rolling your dough on the thicker side, a little less than a 1/4 inch thick. This will help later when you start cutting out the design. Once you’ve rolled it out, chill it in the freezer for 5-10 minutes or so and repeat this process with the other half of dough. That way you can alternate which half of dough you’re working with while the other half chills.
Once the door has chilled, hold the template over it and use the X-Acto knife to carefully cut the outline of the spider web. The knife should slide right through the dough for a clean cut. Go ahead and repeat this process until you have several spider webs cut out. Place them on a parchment lined baking sheet and place them in the freezer for 5-10 minutes before repeating this process with the other half of dough. If at any point your dough becomes difficult to work with, a brief trip to the freezer or a slightly longer trip to the fridge will help.
Once each spider web has chilled, transfer them back to the cutting mat/ board, realign the template on top of them, and cut the inside sections of the spider web out using the X-Acto knife. Don’t worry about it being perfect. Each cookie will have its own unique look. Once you have done so, carefully transfer them back to the cookie sheet and place them back in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes.
Once all spider webs have been fully cut out, sprinkle sugar over them. You can use a toothpick to move the sugar away from the cut out sections to make sure that they won’t be filled with sugar once they’re baked. Pop the cookies into the freezer for 5 minutes one last time.
Now you’re ready to bake the cookies as directed! If they’ve been in the freezer for a while, they might need a few more minutes. Let them rest on the baking sheet for about 15 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
These Spider Web Cut Out Sugar Cookies are intricate, unique, and perfect for any spooky occasion. I’ve got everything you need to make them, including the printable template! Now let’s put on some Halloween music and get to baking!
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