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Get ready for Halloween with these super simple Jack o Lantern cookies!  Start with dough already dyed to save yourself time with these fun Halloween treats!

Get ready for Halloween with these super simple Jack o' Lantern cookies! Starting with dough already dyed and you'll save yourself an extra step and more time with these fun Halloween treats!

Do you remember those slice and bake cookies?  Pillsbury puts them out for every single holiday so that you can enjoy hearts for Valentine’s Day, bunnies at Easter, turkeys at Thanksgiving, snowmen during the winter months, black cats at Halloween.  The list goes on and on but you see my point.  So when I happened upon this recipe for DIY heart slice and bake cookies perfect for Valentine’s Day I knew I wanted to try it for myself.  But with Halloween around the corner I thought hearts might be a little out of place.  Pumpkins seemed a little more complicated with their different shape but I was willing to give it a go anyway!

I dyed my sugar cookie dough orange and left some white and cut out the pumpkins with a pumpkin cookie cutter that upon further inspection was probably really an apple but they turned out pumpkin-y enough for me!  After rolling the remaining dough flat I carefully wrapped it around the cut out pumpkins, wrapped it tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerated it so it was nice and solid for the slicing and baking part of our experiment.

Get ready for Halloween with these super simple Jack o' Lantern cookies! Starting with dough already dyed and you'll save yourself an extra step and more time with these fun Halloween treats!

I wasn’t expecting perfection when I cut into the roll of cookie dough but what I got definitely made me chuckle.  And then shake my head.  Because my pumpkins kind of looked like bunnies although I have no idea how that was really possible.  Plus the white dough wasn’t sticking at all to the orange dough so there were gaps between what was supposed to be the pumpkin and the dough surrounding it.  I’m not sure if it was the result of too much flour or the dough being too cold or my inability to create a baked good that a fifth grader cannot make.  Ah, well.

Luckily my baking fail is your gain and I was able to salvage my attempt at pumpkin slice and bake cookies and turn them into these super simple jack o’ lantern cookies instead!  And honestly I might be making a lot more sugar cookies like this in the future.  Starting with a colored sugar cookie instead of having to decorate a white one with multiple shades of royal icing is so much easier.  Plus there’s no waiting for multiple layers of icing to set which makes it perfect for lazy bakers like me!

Get ready for Halloween with these super simple Jack o' Lantern cookies! Starting with dough already dyed and you'll save yourself an extra step and more time with these fun Halloween treats!

What is your favorite holiday treat from childhood?

Meaghan

Get ready for Halloween with these super simple Jack o' Lantern cookies! Starting with dough already dyed and you'll save yourself an extra step and more time with these fun Halloween treats!

Jack o Lantern Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Get ready for Halloween with these super simple Jack o Lantern cookies! Start with dough already dyed to save yourself time with these fun Halloween treats!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Orange gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar together until pale yellow. Add egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until the dough forms a ball around the paddle.
  3. Mix in gel food coloring until dough reaches your desired shade.
  4. Roll dough immediately between a silicone baking mat and a piece of parchment or wax paper about 1/4" to 1/2" thick.
  5. Cut out cookies. Remove and re-roll excess dough.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

 

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Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

I love these! They're so cute and I think you might be right about my cookie cutter, but the context clues were enough tonfigure out they're pumpkins ;-)

Meaghan

Thursday 1st of October 2015

Haha thank goodness! I figured if I can't tell then most other people won't care ;)

~Meaghan

Tara

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

These pumpkins are super cute. I think they would be perfect for a kids Halloween party and have each kid decorate their own, making whatever silly jack o'lantern face they want!

Meaghan

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

That is such a great idea! The dyed dough makes them so easy :)

~Meaghan

Sara @LifesLittleSweets.com

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

OMG! When I saw these I was like these are SO cute! They look so kid-friendly, I had to pin them right away! I love how festive they look! Thank you for sharing this!

Meaghan

Tuesday 29th of September 2015

These are so kid friendly it's ridiculous! Because you don't have to wait for orange royal icing to set you can let the kids loose to make as many silly jack o lantern faces on they can dream up! Thanks so much for the pin love :)

~Meaghan

Mary (The Godmother @ Goodie Godmother)

Sunday 27th of September 2015

These are so cute! I love that you just went ahead and dyed the cookie dough. Sometimes you just want cute cookies, not something all complicated, and these fit the bill!

Meaghan

Monday 28th of September 2015

My favorite baking fail to date! And also, the best way to make sugar cookies you wanna decorate. Win!

~Meaghan

Erin

Friday 25th of September 2015

These came out SUPER cute! Since I fail at everything I ever make, I appreciate knowing even the pros have projects that don't go as planned. Love that you turned these into something so awesome!

Meaghan

Saturday 26th of September 2015

Girl, you should see the cake pops that didn't get posted! If I can turn a fail into a win I count it a success since I HATE to waste food!

~Meaghan