Cookie Monster

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Cookie Monster: Easy Decorated Halloween Cream Cheese Cookies

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[Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

I'm a real wuss when it comes to scary things. Not only do I not enjoy the sensation of being scared, but it takes very little to do it. (Seriously, why do they have to make previews at the movies so scary these days. THERE'S NO WHERE TO GO.) So I hope you'll indulge me if my Halloween treats are similarly PG.

So while they might not instill fear in the hearts of wee trick-or-treaters, these cookies are tasty and fun to decorate. The dough comes together easily, and unlike the dough for many roll-out cookies, it needs only 30 minutes, not 2 hours, to chill. I particularly like the addition of cream cheese because it provides a subtle tang that offsets the sweetness of the icing.

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In terms of decorating, go wild. For most of the batch, I used a super simple glaze and some orange sanding sugar to create sparkling pumpkins. Others I imprinted with chocolate chips before baking to have the face of a jack-o-lantern or spell out BOO. Either way, I hope you'll make these tomorrow night and have a very happy All Hallows Eve.

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios

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