Every year, our neighborhood hosts on a Halloween gathering for the families that live in our community. This year I wanted to make something spooktacular. When I saw these delightful cookies on instagram, I just knew I had to make them! These brown sugar spiced cookies are stuffed with cream cheese frosting and topped with a light dusting of cinnamon or crystal sprinkles. What’s not to love? These Jack-o-Lantern Cookies are a perfect treat for a Halloween school party, for trick-or-treaters, or for a festive fall desert.
I know the kiddos in our neighborhood are going to love these cookies! They are brown sugar and spiced with everything nice! With cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, they make the perfect fall cookie. Even without the frosting they are delicious!
Start out by mixing and then rolling out the cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick. You can make this step quicker by using rolls of the ready-made sugar cookie dough from the refrigerated section of the your grocery store.
Use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to make the bottom layer of the cookie. I highly recommend these Tovolo Jack-o-Lantern Cookie Cutters! In the final step, we will add a layer of frosting to make a cookie sandwich.
Before baking, be sure to place the jack-o-lantern cookie dough faces in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to prepare them for cutting. Using a craft knife, carefully cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth on each cookie. That’s where the Jack-o-Lantern Cookie Cutters come in handy because they provide you with a design template to use as a guide. I’m sure many of you are artistic and can freehand cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth. But I am not artistic. Even my stick figures don’t look like stick figures! Seriously! So I prefer to use a template.
Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. I always, always, always use a Silpat Not-Stick Silicon Mat for the perfect cookie every time. It guarantees even baking and prevents burning.
After the cookies have cooled, it’s time for the fun part…assembling them. First, melt some butter on the stove and use a pastry brush to lightly coat the jack-o-lantern faces with the melted butter. Next, put the jack-o-lantern faces, face down (pun intended) into a mixture of cinnamon and sugar or in bowl with crystal sprinkles. Place all the jack-o-lantern faces aside to set.
Decide on your filling for the cookie sandwiches. I used a ready-made cream cheese frosting from the grocery store and added some food color. Red and yellow = orange. You could also melt chocolate chips to add a yummy layer of chocolate to the insides of the cookie sandwiches. Carefully, push the two cookies together. This would be a spooky fun activity for kids to help with.
P.S. I hope these cookies delight your trick-or-treaters or dinner guests. Have fun tonight!Print
These sugar and spice stuffed cookies are the perfect treat for a Halloween party or for a festive fall desert.
- Prep Time: 60 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Yield: 2 and half dozen cookies
- Category: Desert
1 and 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 and 1/4 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 container cream cheese frosting
Yellow and red food coloring
Optional: 1 bag of chocolate chips
1. In a mixing bowl of a blender, mix butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
2. Add eggs, one at a time until well-blended.
3. Add dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt until dough forms into a ball. It will be thick.
4. Divide the dough into thirds to make it easier to work with.
5. Flour your work area and rolling pin well and then roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.
6. Use a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out cookies, making sure to have an even number.
7. Roll out the remaining dough.
8. Take half of the cookies that will be the top layer with faces and place them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set.
9. Remove the cookies from the freezer and use a craft knife to cut out the eyes, nose, and mouth on each jack-o-lantern cookie.
10. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
11. Over medium low heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter.
12. Use a pastry brush to paint the jack-o-lantern faces with a light coat of butter.
13. Dip the wet faces into a mixture of cinnamon and sugar or clear sprinkles and then set aside.
14. Mix the food color(s) into frosting.
15. Spread an even layer of frosting on the bottom half of the cookie and then carefully push the jack-o-lantern face on top so that the frosting spreads into the holes for the eyes, nose, and mouth.
16. Serve with milk or hot cocoa. Store them in an air-tight container.
Optional: Over a double boiler, melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips to use in place of the frosting.
Keywords: Jack-o-Lantern Cookies, Sugar and Spice Cookies, Pumpkin Cookies