Chocolate Sugar Cookies -- Halloween Version

I made some chocolate sugar cookies today with my kids.  My daughter had a friend over and they all
had fun cutting them out and decorating them. 

My friend, Audra, told me how to make them into little cats.  We used a circle or an oval cookie cutter, then pinched ears at the top.  Then made whiskers using a fork.

I bought a ghost cookie cutter today.  I love buying cookie cutters!  Now my kids can have ghost shaped sandwiches for lunch.

And we made some other shapes, like this airplane, frosted them and added a few sprinkles.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies
I used these two recipes from the Joy of Baking and Smitten Kitchen

1 c. butter, softened
1 2/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. cocoa
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. flour

Cream butter, sugar and cocoa.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture.

Divide in two and wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill for an hour. 

Roll out and cut into with cookie cutters.  Bake at 350 for 8-11 minutes.  Chill cookies that are already cut out that haven't been baked yet.

Frost or decorate.