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Jack-O-Lantern Cookies

These jack-o-lantern cookies are fantastic Halloween treats. Perfect for gifting or Halloween parties, they're delicious and festive.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookies, Halloween, Holiday Cookies, Jack-O-Lantern Cookies, Pumpkin,
Prep Time 55 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 25 Cookies
Author Rob

Ingredients

COOKIES:

  • 2 cups of Butter - softened to room temperature
  • 2 cups of Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 5 cups of All-Purpose Flour

FROSTING:

  • 2 cups of Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • Food Coloring Gel - Orange, Green, and Black
  • Halloween Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla, and blend on medium speed until light and fluffy.

  3. Add flour one cup at a time, and mix at low speed until all the flour has been added, and soft cookie dough has formed.

  4. Place about 1/4 of the dough on a floured surface, and with a rolling pin, roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick.

  5. Cut out the cookies with the cookie cutters, and place them on baking sheets, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

  6. Continue until all the cookie dough has been rolled, cut out, and baked.

  7. When cookies are baked, remove them from the oven and place cookies on a wire rack to cool.

  8. While the cookies are cooling, make the frosting. In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, mix the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla on low speed until blended, then mix on higher speed until mixed completely.

  9. Divide the frosting evenly, into three individual dishes or ramekins.

  10. Add a few drops of food coloring to the frosting, and stir well until the desired color is reached.

  11. Add colored frosting to clear piping bags, and snip off the tip of each bag, leaving a small opening at the tip of the bag.

  12. Pipe the black frosting in the opening for the eyes and mouth. Sprinkle the black sugars on top of the frosting, and with a small brush, brush away any excess sugars.

  13. Pipe the orange frosting around the edges of the cookies, then fill in each cookie with the Orange, all but the cutouts for the eyes and mouth - see photo.

  14. Pipe the green frosting onto the stem of the cookies, and sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles on the stem.

  15. Pipe thin lines of orange frosting down the cookie to mimic pumpkin spines - see photo.  Serve and Enjoy!