Are you ready to add a spooky twist to your baking routine? Look no further than these Nightmare Before Christmas Cookies! These festive treats are perfect for any fans of Tim Burton’s classic film, with a delicious flavor that will please even the most discerning of taste buds. Bake up a batch for Halloween, Christmas, or family movie night!Jump to Recipe
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS COOKIES
WHAT IS NEEDED TO MAKE STITCHED SALLY COOKIES?
This Halloween treat is made from a simple cookie dough that is colored and decorated to look like the patchwork of Sally’s dress. You will need three colors of food coloring to achieve that look. These cookies used powdered food coloring which is available online, but you could also use gel or liquid to achieve the color of dough you need.
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TIPS FOR DECORATING THE COOKIES
The trick to making these cookies look like Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas is the chocolate stitching. Here are a few tips to making those stitches look great:
- Ensure the cookies are COMPLETELY cool before adding the piping. If the cookies are still warm, the chocolate will melt and slide off the cookie.
- Place the melted chocolate into a piping bag with a very small piping tip for more precision.
- If you are using a food storage bag instead of a piping bag and tip, only cut off the very corner of the bag to keep your piped lines thin.
- Chocolate tastes better than candy melts, but candy melts are easier to pipe. You can choose either option for these cookies.
- Trace the border between the different colors of the sugar cookie dough, then cross those lines with short lines to create stitches.
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE
These Sally sugar cookies will be a hit as a dessert at your Halloween party, as a school snack, or as a movie treat while you re-watch The Nightmare Before Christmas!
THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS COOKIESPrint Pin
- cookie sheets
- Parchment paper
- stand mixer
- piping bag
- 1 c unsalted butter softened
- 1 c sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 t vanilla
- 3 c all-purpose flour
- Food coloring
- Melted chocolate to decorate
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Prep your baking sheets by lining with parchment paper.
- In the large bowl of a stand mixer cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar.
- Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Combine well.
- Add in all of the flour and switch out the whisk attachment on the mixer for the paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until all the flour is combined and the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.
- Divide dough equally between three separate bowls. Tint with food coloring – starting with just a little and adding more if needed.
- Knead each batch of dough until smooth and cohesive in color.
- Pinch a small about from each color and gently press those small amounts of dough together to form a ball about the size of a golf ball. Flatten the dough balls to about ⅜ of an inch thick. Place on prepared baking sheet.
- Repeat until the dough is gone.
- Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack before decorating.
- When ready to decorate, melt the chocolate and transfer to a piping bag or ziploc. Cut a small hole in the tip. Trace the seams of the colors and criss-cross the lines to look like stitches.
- Allow the chocolate to cool and solidify. Serve and enjoy!
STORING THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS COOKIES
These cookies are so tasty that there probably won’t be any leftovers at all. If there are, they can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen for 3 months.