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.


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’ve made this 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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