This post and recipe was created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek. I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
Just like carving pumpkins, you can decorate jack-o-lantern cookies any way you want! These are a lot tastier, and take a lot less work.
I hope these spooky sweets and treats are getting you into the Halloween mood! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Prize info and giveaway entry form are at the bottom of this post.
Part of what I love about October is the fall activities—pumpkin-picking, hayrides, parties with costumes, etc. I love carving pumpkins. It’s a LOT of work, though, so I only carve one each year, so it’s really hard to narrow down what kind of face I’m going to carve into that pumpkin.
And I thought, why not put those other faces onto COOKIE pumpkins? I love decorating cookies almost as much as I love carving pumpkins. And cookies are much tastier to eat afterwards.
As far as cookie-decorating skills go, these are pretty easy. No fancy piping work here, just outlining the cookie with the stiffer orange icing, and drawing faces with your brown icing. Once that sets, you “flood” the cookie with thinned orange icing, and fill in the eyes and mouth with thinned brown icing.
If you want to, you can practice first. Draw a few pumpkins with permanent marker on a sheet of parchment paper. Flip the paper over so the marker is on the bottom side, then trace the outlines with your icing. Once you’re satisfied, you can scrape that icing back into the bowl to use on your cookies.
The cookie icing is made with meringue powder (dried egg whites), so the same rules apply to this icing as they do for other meringues: your bowl cannot have even a speck of fat residue on it. Wash it thoroughly with hot soapy water, dry it well, and rub it with a paper towel dampened with vinegar before you start mixing your icing.
If you’re trying to pipe your outlines, and you find your hands shaking with the effort to squeeze out the icing, it’s too stiff. Thin it with a few drops (yes, drops!) of water. Don’t add a whole spoonful, or else you will thin it too much, and it will ooze off of your cookie.
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Just like carving pumpkins, you can decorate jack-0-lantern cookies any way you want! These are a lot tastier, and take a lot less work.
- 8 oz unsalted butter, cool but not cold
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 5 tbsp meringue powder
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 3 tbsp warm water plus more for thinning
- Gel food coloring in orange, yellow, red, and brown
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
Beat in the egg and the extracts.
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the butter/sugar/egg mixture. The dough will be very stiff.
Do not chill the dough. Dust a clean, flat work surface with more flour and roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out your pumpkins, and carefully transfer to the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches of space between cookies.
Bake at 350 for 8 to 9 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.
While the cookies are cooling, combine the meringue powder, powdered sugar and 3 tbsp of warm water in a clean medium-to-large mixing bowl. Beat on medium-low speed for 5 to 7 minutes.
Take one quarter of the royal icing, and transfer to a smaller bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Take another quarter of the icing from the first bowl and transfer to a smaller bowl; cover with a damp paper towel.
Tint the larger portion of icing a darker shade of orange by adding four to five drops of orange gel color, 1 drop of red, 1 drop of yellow and 1 drop of brown. Mix until the icing is evenly colored. Fit a piping bag with a #5 plain tip, and fill halfway with the icing. Trace around the edges of each cookie. Squirt any icing back into the bowl. Wrap the piping-tip-end of the bag in a damp paper towel. Add another tablespoonful of water to the icing in the bowl and whisk to incorporate. The icing should be thinner. Cover with a damp paper towel.
Tint the smaller portion of icing brown by adding four drops of brown and 1 drop of red. Mix until the icing is evenly colored. Fit a piping bag with a #3 plain tip, and fill halfway with icing. Draw eyes and a mouth on each cookie. Set cookies aside for 30 minutes for icing outlines to set. Squirt any icing from the piping bag back into the bowl, and wrap the piping-tip-end of the bag in a damp paper towel. Add another tablespoonful of water to the icing in the bowl, and beat to incorporate. The icing should be thinner. Cover with a damp paper towel.
Spoon the thinner orange icing back into the first piping bag, and flood the cookies, using a toothpick to guide the icing to the edges. Spoon the thinner brown icing back into the second piping bag and flood the centers of the eyes and mouth. Let the cookies sit, uncovered at room temperature overnight for the icing to dry.
Store the cookies in an airtight container, unstacked, at room temperature.
Cookie recipe from Katrina’s Kitchen
Check out more amazing #HalloweenTreatsWeek recipes!
- Hocus Pocus Spellbook Cookie Sandwiches from Big Bear’s Wife
- Candy Corn Cupcakes from Pastry Chef Online
- Chocolate Spider Cheesecake Cheeseball from Sweet ReciPEAs
- Skeleton in the Grave Dirt Cups from Mrs Happy Homemaker
- Bloody Good Mini Cheesecakes from Sugar Dish Me
- Super Spooky Graveyard Cake from I am a Honey Bee
- Boo Mousse from Pint Sized Baker
- Halloween Monster Snack Mix from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Royal Icing Eyeballs from Kudos Kitchen
- Black Chocolate Cupcakes Filled with Slime from The Baking Fairy
- The Crypt Keeper Cocktail from Who Needs A Cape?
- Halloween Deviled Tea Eggs from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Bleeding Mummy Baked Brie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Halloween Brownies from Savory Experiments
- Halloween Candy Cookie Skillet from Katie’s Cucina
Happy Halloween! We hope you’re ready for a spooktacular event as we celebrate Halloween with the first annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. This haunting week-long event is filled with fantastic Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”
For our very first #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 30 talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! There are going to be over 100 Halloween themed recipes shared during this year’s #HalloweenTreatsWeek and we can’t wait for you to see them all!
Plus, don’t forget that we have 5 (five) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors!
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Prize #1 — Dixie Crystals is giving away one (1) Instant Pot (8 Qt) to one lucky winner!
Prize #2 — Adam’s Extract is giving away – 1 Gift Pack – including Pure Vanilla Extract, Ground Cinnamon, Caramel Extract, Almond Extract, Pumpkin Pie Dip Mix and Adam’s Best Twice as strong Vanilla
Prize #3 —Wilton is giving away a Wilton Gift Pack – including – Halloween Cookie House Bat, Tombstone and Skull 3-Piece Cookie Cutter Set, Halloween Skull Tube Pan, Zombie Cupcake Liners, Skull Sugar Decorations
Prize #4 — Sweets and Treats Shop is giving away 1 (one) 1.5lb Sprinkle Mix Kit from their shop
Prize #5 — Treat Street USA is giving away a $25 Visa Gift Card
Giveaway open to US Residents 18 years or older. All entries will be verified. No PO Boxes Please. Prizes will be sent directly from sponsors to winners, bloggers are not responsible for prizes. This giveaway runs from October 1st – October 6th at 12AMEST. Winners will be selected soon afterward and contacted by e-mail. Winners will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. There are a total of 5 (five) prizes and therefore we will have a total of 5 (five) winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam’s Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop and Treat Street USA ! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.