In celebration of the harvest season and Thanksgiving we made these sweet fun treats; Sugar Cookie Scarecrows. These little guys were a bit of a labor of love. We think you’ll agree with us that they are stinkin adorable. They required some patience when it came to assembly; but we promise they are worth the effort and deserve a spot at your harvest celebrations this year.
You can either make your cookies from your favorite sugar cookie recipe or just pick up unfrosted sugar cookies in the bakery section of your grocery store. If you make them from scratch be sure to make the dough a bit thicker when rolling it out.
When it comes to frosting instead of buying canned from the grocery store we suggest making this delectable buttercream frosting. If you’re in a pinch you can use store bought. This frosting is REALLY yummy and is good on cakes, cupcakes and cookies, it’s great on anything! It makes so much you can divide it up and add food coloring to have a multitude of frosting options. Just a side note…Buttercream frosting can be stored for up to two weeks in the fridge or it can be frozen. You won’t be disappointed with this frosting!
Buttercream Frosting Ingredients
- 2 Sticks of unsalted butter, softened
- 8 Cups (2lbs) powdered sugar
- 1/2 Cup milk
- 2 Tsp vanilla
Cream your butter until its super smooth. Add most of the powdered sugar, the milk and the vanilla, mix on low speed. (When we were taking a cake decorating class the instructor told us the most common error is over-mixing icing. If you never go over the first speed on your mixer once you put the powdered sugar in, you won’t over-mix it. continue adding the rest of the sugar until it’s smooth. Sometimes depending on elevation and humidity you may need to add a little more liquid or sugar, just look at the consistency and make the call. This recipe is pretty foolproof, we use it for everything!
Here’s what you’ll need for assembly
- Unfrosted sugar cookies
- White frosting
- Mini Chocolate chips
- Shredded wheat cereal
- Sugar cookie wafers
- Candy corn
- Chocolate sprinkles
Split the sugar wafer cookies in half. Cut off a small piece of one of the wafer cookies and add an additional small amount of frosting to the short wafer to adhere to the other longer wafer to make the hat, set aside. Cut your shredded wheat length wise.
Frost your sugar cookies. Before the frosting has a chance to set, so pretty quickly after frosting them, place the rest of the items on to create the face. Put some frosting in a piping bag and use a small round tip to outline the hat; or in a large baggie cut off the end of the baggie (snip it fairly small) and pipe around the hat to complete the look.
Have fun and enjoy creating your Sugar Cookie Scarecrows.
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