Halloween blood splatter sugar cookies

The Creepiest Halloween Blood Splatter Sugar Cookies

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Sometimes we just need a super easy, but super creepy cookie to go along with our Halloween party decor. That’s where these Halloween blood splatter sugar cookies come in to play! These are created with just a few simple tools, an easy sugar cookie recipe, and buttercream icing. I will also be showing you how to create a buttercream glaze, so tasty! Plus, something about splattering buttercream glaze on cookies (or everywhere?) is extremely fun. Stick around for the full tutorial!

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Halloween blood splatter sugar cookies

Part 1: Gathering your Supplies for the Blood Splatter Cookies

To create these Halloween blood splatter sugar cookies, you will want to gather:

  • 1 Icing Bag
  • 1 Wilton #12 tip OR if you don’t have decorating tips, just cut a hole at the bottom of your icing bag
  • Round sugar cookies – find my recipe here, I used the middle sized circle cutter in this set: Wilton 101 Cookie Cutter Set
  • White buttercream frosting and red buttercream glaze – See the recipes below
  • Microwave safe cup – I used my 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup
  • Microwave safe bowl – I used a mini canning jar
  • Flat spatula or butter knife
  • Fork
  • Water
  • Parchment paper

I prefer to use the Wilton gel food dye since gel is more vibrant (i.e. more cost effective because you use less) than liquid and doesn’t change the consistency of your frosting. You can get that here: Wilton Gel Coloring 12 Count

Part 2: Baking the Sugar Cookies & Making the Buttercream Glaze and Frosting

buttercream glaze

crusting buttercream icing for sugar cookies

All American Crusting Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Leah Buehler
I recommend using a crusting buttercream when decorating buttercream sugar cookies. This allows the buttercream to form an outside crust, giving them a bit more protection from getting accidentally squished. This is essential if you plan to transport these cookies from your house to another location or if you want to stack or seal them.
Prep Time 1 hr
Mixing Time 5 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Stand Mixer with Paddle Attachment
  • Measuring Spoons & Bowls


  • 1 cup room temperature unsalted butter
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening such as Crisco
  • 2 lbs. plus 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. clear vanilla extract I use artificial
  • 2-4 tbsp. give or take room temperature whole milk


  • In your electric mixer, use the paddle attachment to mix the butter and vegetable shortening together. 
  • Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, only adding as much as your electric mixer can handle at a time.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and 2 tbsp. of milk. If the mixture is too stiff, add more milk. I prefer a consistency of smooth peanut butter for cookies that have a lot of line work and a slightly stiffer consistency for piping flowers.


This recipe will store nicely in the fridge for a few weeks in an airtight container. You can also leave your decorated cookies at room temperature for several days, as the frosting will be shelf-stable due to the mixture of sugar and fat.
Keyword Crusting All American Buttercream Icing

The Buttercream Glaze Recipe

Use the same exact recipe for the crusting recipe above for your base. Then, mix in your blood red colors.

To achieve a blood red color, I used Wilton No Taste Red and added a touch of Wilton Burgundy gel colorings to the mix. Both of these shades are in the Wilton Gel Coloring 12 Count Box that I use and recommend.

Place your red buttercream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the frosting on high in 10 second intervals, stirring the frosting with a fork in between to see if the buttercream has melted completely. Once it is completely melted, add in a tsp. or so of milk and stir it. You will want it to resemble a glaze, so shiny and smooth. If you accidently poured too much milk for your frosting, you can add a bit of your white frosting back into the cup to thicken it up a bit. It shouldn’t affect the color too much, if any at all. When you are happy with your glaze, set it aside.

Part 3: Decorating our Halloween Blood Splatter Sugar Cookies!

Halloween blood splatter sugar cookies

  1. Take your white frosting and fill in your cookie right up to about an 1/8th of an inch away from the edge of your cookie.
  2. If your frosting was hard to squeeze out, i.e. it was a bit thick: take a piece of parchment paper, just larger than the size of your cookie, and lay it over the top of your cookie. You will be using the warmth of your fingers to press out any lines in your frosting. You will also want to microwave a cup or two or water for a minute or two to set your flat spatula or butter knife into before moving to step 3. If your frosting came out smooth and was easy to squeeze out, you can skip this step and go straight to step 3.
  3. Use your flat spatula to smooth out any lines in your cookie. You don’t have to be a perfectionist here, but then again, you can if you want 🙂 smooth buttercream sugar cookie
  4. Use a larger piece of parchment paper and cover your table or countertop with it. Basically, this is going to protect your workspace from blood/glaze splatters everywhere. I didn’t do this because I wanted pretty pictures to share with you and my countertop didn’t stain, but you never know! Place all of your cookies onto your workspace as close to each other as possible.
  5. Now is the fun part! Make sure your glaze has cooled down! Using your fork, you will be splashing your cookies with your glaze. Take a look at the video below to see the fun in action.

And there you have it! These Halloween blood splatter sugar cookies are so easy and perfect for beginners. Plus, your guests will absolutely love the creepy effect.

Part 4: Decorate For Your Blood Splatter Halloween Party

To compliment your Halloween blood splatter cookies, I have a special deal for free shipping on orders $69 and up at Windy City Novelties.

Windy City Novelties has an amazing selection of blood splatter party decorations, plus lots of other Halloween party supplies to chose from. Check out all of their Halloween decorations here!

Make sure to have some spooky music or a scary movie on in the background, drink something tasty, and tell all your ghost stories!

Of course, Amazon has a great selection of party decorations as well.

Here are some creepy cool Amazon finds:

I start to get excited about Halloween sometime in the summer every year and can’t help myself from checking out all the fun decor and costumes. If you love Halloween too, let me know in the comments below!

Part 5: Save the Tutorial for These Halloween Blood Splatter Sugar Cookies

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Blood splatter Halloween buttercream sugar cookies

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  1. These are so cute! I wish I had a reason to make them!

    1. I say you could make these as a “just because” if you really wanted to 🙂

    1. Yes, buttercream cookies are so tasty!

  2. These are totally creeping me out… but my boys will love them!!! Thanks for the great idea!

    1. You are very welcome! I hope you had a great Halloween!

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