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yo-yo cookies reshaped for halloween

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Maureen Haddock
Saskatoon, SK

This tried and true recipe for jam-filled Yo-Yo Cookies has been loved in my family since the 1950s. I have learned that dressing up a family-favourite recipe is better than creating a seasonal masterpiece that contains too much artificial colour and flavour. In other words, kids like simple treats. To see the caterpillar I made from Yo-Yo Cookies, go to From the Cookie Jar Blog at Honestly, my grandchildren preferred the spiders.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If you want to bake cookies with kids for Halloween, try these yo-yo cookies. They are a very simple sugar cookie that's tender and has a hint of honey and brown sugar flavor. We filled them with strawberry jam. But add your favorite filling, such as peanut butter, cookie butter, or hazelnut spread... the list is endless. Have fun decorating them. We used pull-apart licorice for the legs and glued the eyes on with a dab of peanut butter.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For yo-yo cookies reshaped for halloween

  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, packed
  • 2 lg
  • 1/3 c
    liquid honey
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 c
    sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp
    baking soda

How To Make yo-yo cookies reshaped for halloween

Test Kitchen Tips
Each oven is different and ours were baked in about 8 minutes. You want the edges to be golden brown.
  • Butter, sugar, and eggs mixed together.
    In a mixer, blend butter, sugar, and eggs together thoroughly.
  • Honey and vanilla extract added to the bowl.
    Add honey and vanilla.
  • Flour and baking soda added to the bowl.
    Add flour and soda.
  • Ingredients completely mixed.
  • Dough in a bowl ready to chill.
    Chill the dough for several hours or overnight.
  • Chilled dough rolled into balls.
    Roll into balls the size of walnuts. I use a one-tablespoon scoop to ensure uniformity. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Baking the yo-yo cookies.
    Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Touching the top of a cookie should leave almost no imprint when they are cooked. These cookies bake well on a Silpat.
  • Jam spread on one side of the cookies and pieces of licorice added for legs.
    When slightly cooled, sandwich together with the jam of your choice. To make the spiders, just add shoestring licorice pieces between the layers. Stick eyes on with honey or icing.
  • Assembled Yo-Yo Cookies Reshaped for Halloween.
    To see my blog about Yo-Yo cookies go to