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Spooky Spicy Cajun Sugar Cookies

Happy Halloween! This is the perfect time to share my recipe for Spicy Cajun Sugar Cookies, a delicious treat with a slight kick. I invented this recipe, but I share Cajun recipes from a variety of sources in my newsletter every month. If you'd like to sign up for it, click here.



1 cup (2 sticks) butter

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 cups flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. cayenne pepper

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt


Boxed royal icing mix (available at craft stores)


Cream the butter, then add the sugar and beat until it’s fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Stir the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture. Mix together until well combined. Chill the dough for a minimum of two hours, or overnight.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the cookie dough to ¼ inch thickness on a well-floured board. Cut the dough with cookie cutters of your choice, and place the unbaked cookies on an ungreased cookie tray. (If the dough gets sticky, add more flour to the board and/or rolling pin.)

Bake for 5-8 minutes, basically until they’re golden brown around the edges. Let cool completely.

Once the cookies have cooled, follow the directions on the icing box to make the icing. (Royal icing hardens quickly, so you don’t want to make it too soon.) Ice the cookies.

Makes approx. two dozen cookies.

And since these are Louisiana-inspired cookies...

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