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!