The Pumpkin aesthetic is inescapable this time of year and we’re jumpin’ on the haywagon with this tutorial. We’re going to show you how to create the sweetest Jack O’lantern cookie treats for your Halloween haunts. Whether you’re throwing a costume party or hosting a pumpkin carving party, there’s no more iconic way to represent this holiday than a Jack O’lantern carved pumpkin. So whip up a batch of these simple cookies to share the All Hallow’s Eve spirit with friends and family at your Halloween party. We wanted to mimic the look of the way they glow after dark, so keep reading to see how to put a twist on the ordinary to give them their glowing grins.
Before going onto the steps below you’ll need to make a batch of sugar cookie dough following our recipe for sugar cookie dough and royal icing here.
Materials Needed for Jack O’ Lantern Cookies
- Pumpkin Cookie Cutter
- Sugar Cookie Dough
- Gel Food Coloring
- Black and Orange
- Piping Bags
- Small circle piping tip = #1 Round Tip
Jack O’ Lantern Cookies Instructions
First things first! We’ll need to dye our sugar cookie dough to black. Make sure that your sugar cookie dough has been out of the refrigerator and is easy to mold. We don’t want it to be stiff right out of the fridge.
Add a good amount of black gel food coloring to the dough.
Now, mix the dough and the gel food coloring thoroughly so that all the dough is black. I suggest using food-safe gloves and parchment paper under the dough for this part! The black gel food coloring can stain your hands if you don’t wash it off right away and can also stain some countertops.
Take your cookie cutter and cut out pumpkin-shaped cookies. Bake your cookies and let them rest until cool.
Now, for this project, we aren’t coating the entire cookie – so you can make less icing! Mix your royal icing to a consistency that is a little thicker than flood consistency. We don’t exactly want the icing to quickly spread over the cookie, we want it to be able to set nicely. Mix some orange gel food coloring to your royal icing. Using a circle piping tip, I suggest using size #1, pipe on some triangles for the pumpkin eyes.
Next, let’s do a fun but spooky mouth! Start off with a smiley face line towards the bottom of the pumpkin face. Then pipe a jagged line across the top of the mouth to connect the smile line. Fill in the mouth with the orange royal icing. If you see any imperfections, bubbles, or you missed a small spot while piping, use your scribe tool (or a toothpick) to fix the icing.
We’ll need to add a cute little nose to our pumpkin. In between the triangle eyes and the mouth, let’s add a small tiny triangle for the nose.
Now that you’ve done one Jack O’ Lantern cookie, you can finish the rest! They all don’t have to be the same. Get creative and add different shapes to your pumpkin to make all types of fun, spooky, and adorable Jack O’ Lantern cookies. You can use circles, ovals, upside-down triangles, squares, the options are endless!
These smiling sweet treats would make any party guest happy. Package them in a spooky cellophane bag as a parting gift after a Pumpkin Carving party or any Halloween get together.