Easy Jack-o-Lantern Cookies

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I love this recipe because the cookies are super cute but still quite easy to make. They are also delicious, with buttery cookies and sweet jam. I always enjoy an easy recipe for a crowd that still looks amazing. They’re absolutely perfect for Halloween. Enjoy!

5 jack-o-lantern cookies on a white cake with a black background

Easy Jack-o-Lantern Cookies

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes

Easy jack-o-lantern cookies are simple yet sure to impress. A fun twist on a basic sugar cookie, they are great around Halloween or any time you're feeling spooky.


  • 1 cups salted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups raspberry or strawberry jam


  1. Use a hand mixer to cream butter, shortening and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined. Stir in the milk.
  2. In a small bowl, mix baking powder, salt, and flour. Add to the butter mixture and mix just until combined.
  3. Shape into a ball then cover and chill for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners and set aside.
  5. Roll dough onto a floured surface to 1/4" thickness. Cut cookies with a round 3 inch cookie cutter.
  6. Place half of the cookies on the baking sheets. With the other half, use a sharp knife to cut jack-o-lantern faces (make sure to do this on a surface that is safe to cut on).
  7. In the center of a circle that hasn't been cut, place 1 1/2 tablespoons of jam. Then gently place a circle with the face cut out on top. Gently press down around the edges to form a seal. If your cookies are a bit dry or have a lot of flour on them, lightly brush the edges with a little bit of water.
  8. Once you have done this will all of the cookies, bake them for 10-14 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges.
  9. Allow to cool, then enjoy!


To make this recipe even easier, you can use store-bought sugar cookie dough.

You can also add orange coloring to the dough or sprinkle with orange sugar sprinkles for added spookiness.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 208mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is an estimate only.

If you want an easy and amazing Halloween treat, try these easy Oreo eyeball truffles. Or if you have some leftover Tootsie Rolls this Halloween, try my Tootsie Roll pie.


Jack-o-lantern cookies need to be kept in an air-tight container. At room temperature, they should last 3-5 days before going stale, and in the refrigerator, they should last up to 1 week. To freeze, wrap them in plastic wrap and store in an air-tight container for up to 4 months.

If you like this peach pie for one recipe, let me know! Or if you’ve made the recipe let me know how it went. I’d love to hear from you in the comments. Happy baking!

Hello! I'm Nichole and I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I have a bachelor's degree in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science and a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I love cooking, baking and anything food related. I look forward to teaching you more about food and sharing my favorite recipes with you. Enjoy!

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