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The best part about the Halloween season is the flavors that accompany it. Over the weekend, I wanted to treat my dinner guests to a festive dessert, and the cookies I created were a spooky labor of love.

I'm a novice in the kitchen, so recipes are necessary, and with the help of Betty Crocker I decided to make sugar cookies with a Halloween twist. My typical process for baking cookies consists of cutting pre-rolled dough and placing it onto a cookie sheet, but I decided to step it up a notch this season and test out my baking skills.

After my cookie baking experience, I gained some serious respect for the Buddy Valastros of the world. My experience was a sticky, unorganized mess. How do they make it seem so seamless and effortless?

Practice makes perfect, and my first go at these Halloween treats resulted in some pretty crispy pastries. However, the biggest victory was no burned bottoms, and my family enjoyed them. I credit the gobs of frosting on top.

If you are looking to liven up your next get-together with some fall fun, consider these smiling jack-o-lanterns and sugary pumpkins. My two-year-old nephew adored them.

Sugar, spice, and everything nice went into these Halloween sugar cookies, and here's how to make them.

You will need:

– One pouch of cookie mix (I chose Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie)

– Two tablespoons of all-purpose flour

– Half-cup of softened butter (one stick)

– One egg

– Icing, frosting, and sprinkles