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Surprise Sugar Cookie Stacks and iPad Mini Giveaway

These Halloween surprise sugar cookies stacks will give your a spooky surprise as soon as you bite in! Easy and quick and frightfully fun!Surprise Sugar Cookie Stacks

Gimme two snaps if you’re excited for Halloween!! Truth is, I’m giving it three snaps. One,  because it means chocolate, Almond Joys, Kit Kats and mini 3 Mustkateers twenty four seven. Two, because fall is in full swing and I am totally high on the changing colors of the leaves. And three, because it’s my birthday – this year, the Big 2-8! Okay, and four – because of treats like these!!


Some of your favorite bloggers (and my favorite, too!) have each pitched in spooky, and sinfully simply treats for you today to help get your oozey, gooey, hallowed spirits in gear for Halloween!  Best of all these are a cinch when you’re in a entertaining pinch. You knew that rhyme was way to easy. Be sure to take a peek at all of the hallowed treats for your howl-iday.


Monster Blood and Guts from Lauren's Latest

Monster Blood and Guts from Lauren’s Latest
Crypt Keeper Crescents from Our Best BitesCrypt Keeper Crescents from Our Best Bites

Mummy Mini Pizzas from The Recipe Critic

Mini Mummy Pizzas from The Recipe Critic
Cookie Monsters from Sweet Basil

Cookie Monsters from Sweet Basil
Monster Eye Cinnamon Rolls from Sweet Treats and More

Monster Eye Cinnamon Rolls from Sweet Treats and More
Monster Brains from Taste and Tell

Monster Brains from Taste and Tell
Sugar Cookie Surprise Stacks from Wanna Be a Country Cleaver

Sugar Cookie Surprise Stacks from Wanna Be a Country Cleaver

Be sure to enter this SPOOKTACULAR iPad Mini Giveaway!! Follow the directions and be sure to enter! Giveaway is open now until November!!


Surprise Sugar Cookie Stacks

Yield: 6 Stacks

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour

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2 Packages Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
1 cup Mini M&M candies
½ cup Butter, room temperature
½ cup Shortening
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
5-6 tsp Milk
Pinch Salt
4 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted

1 − 3" Round Cookie Cutter
1 − 1" Round Cookie Cutter
Assorted Food Colorings - Black, Orange, etc
Piping Bags
Cake Tip 1 or 3, 12


Pre-heat oven, slice cookies and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake according to package directions. Remove cookies from sheet. Cut a 1-inch hole out of every other sugar cookie using the 1-inch round cookie cutter, while still warm. Remove center and set cookies aside to finish cooling. Discard (or eat) the center cut out of the rest of the cookies.

For Frosting::
In stand mixer or with hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the butter and shortening until smooth and combined. Add in vanilla extract, pinch of salt and 5 teaspoons of milk. Slowly mix in powdered sugar and beat until combined and smooth. If the frosting is to thick, add in additional teaspoon of milk so that is a spreadable consistency.

Divide the frosting into small bowls and tint in desired colors. *Note* If the frosting doesn't immediately turn the desired color after repeated attempts to darken the frosting, let it rest and it will darken as it sets. Place into separate piping bags.

To Assemble ::
For the bottom cookie, use a whole cookie. Pipe around the outer edge of the cookie and top with a cookie ring. Repeat the piping process with another cookie ring. With two cookie rings attached to a bottom cookie, fill the center well with M&M's. Pipe a frosting ring around the edge of one full-cookie and place on top to cover the M&M wells. Frost the top cookie as desired.

If making a spider web - Frost the top cookie with white frosting. Use a piping bag with a number 1 or 3 frosting tip and filled with black frosting. Draw five intersecting straight lines on top of the white frosting. Gently make swooping lines between the intersecting lines to create a webbed pattern. Serve immediately.



35 Responses to “Surprise Sugar Cookie Stacks and iPad Mini Giveaway”

  1. #
    Tieghan — October 21, 2013 @ 5:48 am

    Megan!! These are awesome!! So cute and festive!! Love them! :)

  2. #
    Erika — October 21, 2013 @ 5:52 am

    Super cute.. love these.

  3. #
    Jenna — October 21, 2013 @ 5:59 am

    These little stacks of goodness look awesome! My daughter would love them!

  4. #
    Barbara Youngren — October 21, 2013 @ 6:47 am

    These cookies are adorable. I would love to make them with the “grands”!

  5. #
    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — October 21, 2013 @ 6:51 am

    These are so cute!

  6. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — October 21, 2013 @ 6:56 am

    How cute is this?! I’m sure the kiddos would FLIP for these!

  7. #
    Dorothy — October 21, 2013 @ 6:58 am

    I love the sugar cookies they look so yummy. My daughter will love these.

  8. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — October 21, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    Now this is dang cute!

  9. #
    Jacque Herron — October 21, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    ADORABLE ! Happy Birthday !

  10. #
    Terry Grieve @ Culinary Collage — October 21, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    These cookies are adorable…..perfect Halloween surprise inside too!

  11. #
    Mary O. — October 21, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    These look like so much fun.

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    MaryW — October 21, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    Those are very cute. I did want to enter for the IPad Mini, but I’m not seeing any directions. Am I missing something? When I click on the link for it I get an error 404. :(

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    Becki @ Bites 'n Brews — October 21, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    Precious! I know some neighbor kids who would love these – I’d have to give them away so I don’t consume every single one myself.

  14. #
    Cyndi Kudelka — October 21, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    How fun are these? What kid can resist.

  15. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — October 21, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    Those are too fun! Love the hidden pocket of candy in them!!!

  16. #
    Rachel Cooks — October 21, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    This seems like a really good reason to eat four cookies. I’m all about it!

  17. #
    Sara @ Our Best Bites — October 21, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

    Haha, I love Rachel’s comment- I’m all for eating 4 cookies! These are so super cute!

  18. #
    Des — October 21, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    Too cute! If only you could’ve figured out a way to put some cream cheese in them ;-)

  19. #
    Katie | The Hill Country Cook — October 21, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    GENIUS!!!!! Sooooo COOOL Meg!!!!

  20. #
    Valentina — October 21, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    These are so incredibly cool! LOVE them! (For any holiday — spooky or not.)

  21. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — October 22, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

    I always down with candy hidden in cookies.

  22. #
    Sheri — October 23, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    Would love the recipe, but get error when try to move forward?

  23. #
    Paula kennedy — October 23, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

    Adorable. Love this idea.

  24. #
    Deborah — October 23, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

    I love these – so fun! I’m so glad you partied with us!!

  25. #
    Dana — October 24, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    What a great idea! These would be so cute decorated like little gifts for the holiday season!!!!

  26. #
    Amanda — October 25, 2013 @ 6:13 am

    So sneaky! Thank you for the great spooky treat ideas! Now the only thing is I also cannot figure out how to enter the giveaway. I am not seeing the directions. Could it be my browser? Thanks!

    • Megan replied: — October 25th, 2013 @ 6:16 am

      Hi Amanda! So thrilled you like the cookies! The app for the giveaway might take a minute to load, sorry! Try and clear your web browser’s cache and history and reload. That might help :) Happy (almost) Halloween! Megan

  27. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — October 28, 2013 @ 11:33 am

    These are like the cutest cookies every!! My kids would go crazy for these! Definitely need to get on it!

  28. #
    ros — October 28, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    how to enter?

  29. #
    Michaela K — October 29, 2013 @ 8:21 am

    The link for the giveaway app is broken, it’s not showing up at all.

    • Megan replied: — October 29th, 2013 @ 10:32 am

      Please try again, I jus reinstalled it! Good luck and let me know if it works!

  30. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — October 29, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    These cookies are so much fun :) I bet they taste incredible!

  31. #
    Michaela K — October 29, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Hi! Yup it’s working now:)
    I’d download Solitaire as my first app if I won.
    Thanks for the chance and for this yummy recipe.


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