Sugar cookies with fun Halloween cutouts, filled with hard candy to make "windows." A beautiful and spooky Halloween treat!
I used Super Black Soft Gel Paste from AmeriColor (affiliate link), if using a different brand you may need more or less food coloring.
To ensure the black food coloring doesn't stain any surfaces, roll out the dough on a sheet of parchment paper. If concerned about potentially staining your rolling pin, add a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough before rolling (but still add the granulated sugar on top of the dough before adding the parchment paper, this will help prevent sticking!).
When working with the cookie dough, if it becomes too soft and you are having trouble rolling or cutting, place the dough in the fridge for 5 minutes.
If desired, you may substitute other types of hard candy for the Jolly Ranchers (except Life Savers - I have tested these and they do not melt well). If using a new type of hard candy, I recommend experimenting with one cookie only before baking the entire batch to ensure it melts well and you are happy with the results.
Once the icing is fully set, store the cookies at room temperature in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 3 days. It is very important the container is airtight otherwise the candy centers may become tacky as they absorb moisture from the air.
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