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Decorated Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies

Carved and hollowed-out pumpkins have a deep-rooted connection to Halloween traditions. Popular with kids and adults alike, I can’t imagine celebrating Halloween without them. To ensure this iconic Halloween symbol is present on your dessert table, I’ll show you how to make decorated Jack-o’-Lantern Cookies.

Decorated cookies displayed a spiderweb background.

DECORATED JACK-O’-LANTERN COOKIES

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ROYAL ICING COLORS AND CONSISTENCIES

  • Purple, Green, Burgundy Icing: first layer of icing, this the thin layer of icing applied with a spatula and a paintbrush: 10-15 second consistency
  • Black Icing: piping consistency – use it to pipe the design outlines, and a stem
  • Orange, Pink, Blue Icing: 20-second consistency – use to flood the cookie)
  • Yellow Icing: 25 to piping consistency – this icing can be use to make the eyes

JACK-O’-LANTERN WITH A BAT MOUTH

Spread a thin layer of 10-15 second icing across the cookie and let it dry for an hour or so (steps 1-5).

Spreading purple icing onto a cookie using a paintbrush.

BAT MOUTH TEMPLATE

Using a template, trace the mouth and eye outlines onto the dry icing. To facilitate this, use a scribe or fine-tip edible marker.

A cookie with a cardstock template on top, and a scribe tool tracing the outlines onto the icing.

DRAW SPIDER WEB WITH AN EDIBLE MARKER

Then with a fine tip edible marker, draw the spider web inside the bat’s mouth (steps 1-3).

Hand holding a fine-tip edible marker, drawing a spider web onto purple icing.

AIRBRUSH JACK-O’-LANTERN MOUTH

Into the airbrush paint cup, pour black airbrush food coloring, and secure the template onto the cookie with magnets. Airbrush the mouth and eyes’ edges with a light mist of black airbrush coloring (steps 1-8).

Airbrushing royal icing with black color.

SPLATTER ICING WITH EDIBLE GOLD PAINT

To create gold splatter, I optioned for ready-to-use metallic edible paint. If you don’t have pre-mixed edible paint use gold luster dust and mix it with a few drops of Everclear (clear high-proof grain alcohol). Dip food-only paintbrush into the paint, hold the paintbrush above the cookie, or where you want the splatter, and run a finger or a scribe tool thru the bristles, aiming at the cookie. Watch the small droplets of gold paint fall onto the icing. Repeat if necessary (steps 1-6).

Paint brush dipped in gold luster dust.

OUTLINE WITH BLACK ICING

Use a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip #2 and filled with a piping consistency icing to pipe the outlines (steps 1-8). Allow icing to crust for 5-10 minutes before flooding the sections.

Cookie with black outlines.

FLOOD JACK-O’-LANTERN

Then fill in the sections. Take special care not to overfill the sections so the orange icing doesn’t overflow from one outlined section to another. Use the scribe to distribute the icing and accentuate the corners (steps 1-8). Allow icing to crust well before making the stem.

Filling the cookie with orange icing.

PIPE THE STEM AND EYE

To finish the first of three jack-o’-lantern cookies pipe the stem with black, piping consistency icing (steps 1-3).

Paintbrush smoothing the tip of a black icing.

And make yellow eyes using 25-second consistency icing ( steps 1-3).

Piping yellow eyes onto a cookie.

Get creative and use different background colors. Look, how yellow icing makes the jack-o’-lantern cookie luminous!

A close-up of decorated cookie.
Hand holding a decorated cookie.

JACK-O’-LANTERN WITH WIDE ZIG-ZAG MOUTH

In this second design, I used the same decorating technique as in the first one, but a different mouth template. Spread a thin layer of icing onto the cookie. Make sure icing covers eye area and the mouth (steps 1-4).

The paintbrush spreads icing over the cookie.

Secure the stencil onto a cookie and airbrush the edges with black airbrush color (steps 1-5).

Hand holding an airbrush gun and airbrushing mouth pattern onto a cookie.

Splatter the icing with gold luster dust paint (how to splatter icing with edible gold paint). If unsure where to pipe the segment outlines, use a scribe tool to make the guides. Gently scratch dry icing as if you were drawing (steps 1-3).

Scribe tool scratching the icing.

Outline the eyes, mouth and segments with black icing (steps 1-6). Let black outlines crust for 5-10 minutes.

Outlining facial features with black icing.

Fill the sections with 20-second consistency pink icing. Use a scribe tool to distribute the icing. Don’t overfill sections so icing doesn’t overflow and covers the black outlines (steps 1-8). Let icing crust then make the stem.

Scribe tool smoothing icing on a cookie.

Pipe the stem with piping consistency black icing (steps 1-8).

Piping a stem with black icing.

Now, into the eye cavities pipe yellow dots (steps 1-2).

Hand holding a piping bag, piping a large dot onto a cookie.
Pumpkin cookie decorated with royal icing to make look like jack-o'-lantern.

JACK-O’-LANTERN COOKIES WITH SCARY MOUTH

Use a palette knife or a flat paintbrush to spread the icing across the cookie.

Spreading icing onto a cookie.

In this last, 3rd design I used a scary mouth template. Airbrush the edges with black airbrush color.

Cardstock template on the cookie, airbrushing the edges of the template.

Splatter the cookie with gold edible paint, if using (steps 1-2). Then use piping consistency black icing to pipe the outlines for the eyes, mouth and segments (steps 1-8). Let icing crust for several minutes then flood the sections.

Outlining face features with black icing.

Fill the sections with 20-second consistency blue icing. Use a scribe to move the icing into the hard to reach areas (steps 1-5). Then pipe two large dots into the eye cavities (steps 6-8). Allow icing to crust before piping the stem.

Filling the cookie with blue icing.

Lastly, pipe the stem. Stem consists of several short lines (steps 1 -5).

Piping a stem on a pumpkin cookies with black icing.
Cookie decorated with blue icing.

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Hand holding a cookie in a shape of a pumpkin.

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