Perfect Pumpkin Jack O’ Lantern Sugar Cookies!

Boo!! Well, it’s almost Halloween, so it’s about time to decorate one of the most common Halloween cookies of all, the Pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern Sugar Cookie! Yummy! We found this darling recipe out on the internet when looking for a fun, easy pumpkin sugar cookie "decorating how to" -- so let's have at it!  

I like the dimension and puffiness of a sectioned pumpkin, but I don’t how it looks to add a face on top of the base layer. It might be a bit on the OCD side, but I like realistic.

So here’s what I do. First, I use an food color marker to sketch out my jack o’ lantern’s face. If you want them to be uniform, use a stencil. After you have the face planned out, use flood icing to add a thin layer to fill in the sections you made.

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Let that dry. Then use orange piping icing and a #2 tip to outline the facial features and divide the pumpkin into even sections.

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Flood the face in by filling alternating sections, giving them about a half an hour to dry in between, then moving on to the remaining sections. This will give your pumpkin a LOT of dimension. If you like the “lift” I get from my icing, use thicker flood icing…somewhere between 12 and 20 seconds. The thicker it is, the higher it will go.

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Let that dry, and add a stem and any other details you like, and you’re done! Add some of our Bakell "Pumpkin Orange Edible Dust" -- it looks amazing!

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While we’re on the subject of Halloween, I wanted to share another tip.

As much as I love making Halloween cookies I hate it that almost every traditional Halloween color has that poopy bitter taste {black, orange, and purple, some reds, ect.} So, I do what I can to make any color possible as tastless as possible.

This isn’t rocket science, but sometimes it’s the simple things that make the biggest difference. Remember when I shared my secret to no-taste red?

I used the same idea to create no-taste orange. I mix tulip red with a yellow color {going back to grade school color mixing},

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And I end up with a nice, non-bitter orange color. Any yellow works, even electric version.

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Play with it a little and you’ll end up with a completely custom orange color, and you’ll be doing a lot to take some of the icky taste out of your Halloween cookie collections!

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Happy Halloween baking everyone! Check out all of our other Halloween Decorating Supplies while you are here too!! 

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