DIY 'Us' Themed Halloween Cookies

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This Halloween, give sugar cookies a spooky spin with this movie-themed cookie project. Inspired by hit horror film ​Us​, these custom cookies pay homage to memorable moments and props from the film and movie poster. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe or, if you're in a pinch, use store-bought mix. Either way, your guests will surely be tethered to the dessert table with these tasty treats.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sugar cookie dough

  • Red fondant

  • Gold fondant

  • Gold sequin sprinkles

  • Gingerbread cookie cutter

  • Scissors cookie cutter

  • Small oval cookie cutter

  • Fondant roller

  • Thin paintbrush

  • Butter knife

  • Frosting

  • Parchment paper or silicone mat

  • Rolling pin

  • Baking sheet

  • All-purpose flour, for rolling cookie dough

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Roll the Dough

Sprinkle flour on a silicone mat or parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into an even layer.

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Using the cookie cutters, cut out gingerbread men and scissors. Re-roll the remaining dough and cut out more pieces. You'll need at least four gingerbread men to recreate the tethered paper cutout from the movie.

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Tip

To minimize sticking while cutting the dough, dip the cookie cutter into flour.

Bake the Cookies

Bake according to your recipe's directions. Let the cookies cool completely.

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Roll Out Your Red Fondant

Roll out the red fondant on parchment paper or a silicone mat.

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Cut Out the Gingerbread Men

Cut out gingerbread men cookie shapes. Re-roll the remaining fondant and cut out more pieces.

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Apply the Frosting

Spread a light layer of frosting onto each gingerbread man cookie. This will help "glue" the fondant to the cookie.

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Add the Red Fondant

Add the red fondant, gently pressing to evenly spread it across the cookie. Repeat with the remaining gingerbread men cookies. Set aside.

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Roll Out the Gold Fondant

Roll out the gold fondant on parchment paper or a silicone mat.

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Cut out scissor shapes. Again, you can re-roll the leftover fondant and cut out more pieces.

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Using the small oval cookie cutter, cut out two ovals in the scissors' handles. You can also use a knife to slice out ovals.

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Spread the Frosting

Spread a light layer of frosting onto each scissors cookie.

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Add the Gold Fondant

Add the gold fondant to the cookie, gently pressing to spread it evenly. Next, using the paintbrush, apply a bit of water to the center of the fondant.

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Press a gold sequin sprinkle to the center of the cookie. Repeat with the remaining scissors cookies. Now is when you get to start your cookie decorating in earnest.

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Pair these cookies with a Halloween movie night, at a costume party or on any crisp autumn day.

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