Basic Cinnamon + Chocolate Sugar Cookies for Movember

Hey there sugar cookie! I have such a love hate relationship with you. Sometimes you’re adorable and cute, sometimes you’re oozy and shapeless. Sometimes you’re so chewy and delicious, sometimes you’re dry and just plain nasty.

These things are so hit and miss so when I was asked to make a Movember themed thing for a bakesale I was determined to get these cookies right. With a little help from some spice and a simple freezer I present to you my no-fail recipe and tutorial to creating perfectly shaped sugar cookies! They’re perfect for holiday events or themed garnishes, or both! This is also an easy way of creating two biscuit flavours from the same batch of dough. This should make around 30 movember cookies, depending on the size.


Basic Cinnamon + Chocolate Movember Cookies

(an original recipe)

120 g butter (at room temperature)

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1 tbs milk (optional)

2 tbs dutch-process cocoa


1. Beat butter until it begins to pale. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg and beat until combined.

2. Add flour, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and continue to beat until completely combined. The mixture should begin to come together but of it seems a little crumbly add the milk.

3. Remove half of the mixture, flatten into a disc, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge.

4. Add the cocoa to the remaining dough in the bowl and mix until completely combined. As with the earlier half, flatten into a disc, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to firm.

5. Preheat your oven 160°C.

6. Remove dough, one disc as a time, and roll out to around half a centimetre thickness. Stamp out shapes with your cutter of choice, place on a tray lined with baking paper and, once full of shaped cookie dough, immediately place in the freezer for around 20 minutes. This is the most important step to ensure your shapes remain in tact once placed in the hot oven! Otherwise they’ll just ooze and end up looking like an ordinary, misshapen cookie (no disrespect to all the delicious, rustic cookies out there).

7. OPTIONAL: If you have any additional stampers or or textures to add to the cookies, do this now right before placing in the oven.

8. Place in the oven and bake for around 8-12 minutes, depending on the size. You’ll know when to remove them when they begin to brown around thr edges. After 5 minutes, remove tray and transfer cookies to a cooling wrack.

Now they’re ready to decorate! I embedded them in some buttercream-covered pandan cupcakes and added cachous for eyes to make little faces (a good idea in theory however they ended up looking like the Pringles logo in cupcake form. HOW EMBARRASSING).

And I may have had a little too much fun with them too.

I’d like to congratulate everyone who has participated and donated to such a fantastic cause this year. A number of friends took part in this and, despite a little self-consciousnes, did a really excellent job by embracing the mo’. So until next year, happy Movember!

EDIT: A few people have been asking where they can find these cookie cutters and stampers. I’m using the Munchstache set by Fred & Friends; they seem to be available all over the place so have a Google!

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  1. Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese?’s avatar

    Ah! These are awesome!! So fun, and for such a good cause =)


  2. Natalie@DeconstructingTheHome’s avatar

    Such a cute idea! These would be super cute for a Christmas Party. Thanks!


  3. Lynn’s avatar

    I love it! Where did you get the cute cookie cutter? I would like to get one. My son and his friends raised $500 for Movember.


    1. alana’s avatar

      Hi Lynn, that’s incredible – well done to your sons and his friends! I was using the Munchstache cutter set by Fred & Friends. Just have a google, they’re available everywhere it seems!


    2. JasmyneTea’s avatar

      I have problems with sugar cookies, I don’t really like them so I don’t see them as worth the effort. If I ever have the inclination though, I’ll be using your recipe no doubt!


    3. Siobhan’s avatar

      Yes please: cookie cutter and stamp info


      1. alana’s avatar

        Hey Siobhan, thanks for stopping by – look up Munchstache by Fred & Friends. They come in a set of 5!


      2. sharmie’s avatar

        love these! they are so cute! gonna make them tonight. thanks for sharing! :)


      3. Becky’s avatar

        Where do I get a mustache cookie cutter? Thanks, :)


      4. Paramitha Nasimova’s avatar

        Is this cookie turn out to be crispy and not cakey?


        1. Alana’s avatar

          Hey Paramitha, this is a thin sugar cookie so it will never be “cakey” however if you keep it slightly undercooked like I have suggested it should be at least a little soft when you bite into them. Since they need to hold a specific shape they require some brittleness. I hope this helps!


        2. Judith’s avatar

          Thank you so much for the recipe and instructions. I was trying to make some Movember cookies earlier this week, but despite my hopes, they turned out tasty but “rustic”! Good advice about the freezing, I have found some Fred & Friends Munchtasches Cookie cutters today and look forward to making some delicious Mo~s! :)


        3. jeanie’s avatar

          just wanted to say that i made a whole bunch of dinosaur cookies with your recipe, and they were a BIG HIT with the kids! (:


        4. Zest to impress’s avatar

          I love this!! I just found those exact cookie cutters and molds because I’m catering my friend’s baby shower and we’re doing a mustache theme. This recipe sounds perfect. Thank you!


        5. Beka’s avatar

          How early do you think I could bake the cookies? Do you think one day ahead would still have a good result? Thank you!



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