Call me biased but these Halloween cookies are the best sugar cookies I’ve ever had. They are similar to the festive sugar cookies they sell at Starbucks only they are the homemade version. And if you ask me, nothing beats the freshness, softness and flakiness of home baked cookies!

This recipe goes way back to my first memories of baking. Growing up we had the most amazing neighbour one could ever want. She’d have us over for lunch all the time and we’d spend hours in her apartment baking and playing with her kids. I remember standing in her kitchen watching her in complete awe as she whipped up the most delicious cookies. Her chocolate chip cookies were my absolute favourite! The smell that came out of that oven was pure bliss. I still remember that heavenly smell to this day.  In my 29 years I have yet to try a chocolate chip cookie as good as hers! She loved baking but I think she loved sharing her creations with others even more. I loved that about her.

Ever since we snatched her recipe these cookies have become a family tradition. Every Halloween my mom would deck out the house in spooky decor and we’d make these cookies without fail. And here we are 20 something years later keeping that tradition alive. It’s easy to see how these experiences have shaped my love for baking, decorating and falling for all things festive.

So without further ado here is the recipe:


  • 1 (8 oz) brick PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cups butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 1/4 cups flour


  1. Mix cream cheese and butter until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Add sugar and keep mixing until mixture is fluffy (about 3-4 minutes)
  3. Add egg yolks, vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
  4. Slowly add in flour. Mix just until all flour is incorporated.
  5. Chill dough for at least 2 hours. ( I usually chill the dough overnight)
  6. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  7. Remove dough from fridge and in portions, roll dough to 1/2 inch thick on a floured surface. Using cookie cutters cut dough and place onto prepared baking sheet. Cookies won’t spread too much.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on how large the cookies you are baking are.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before icing with your favourite icing recipe.

I prefer these cookies without the icing because I don’t like the added sweetness. But I always like to decorate about a dozen just for the festive feels and to hand out to friends and family. I just found a quick icing recipe online and voilà!

Hope you enjoy!  If you end up making these leave a comment here telling me if you liked them!