Recipe Tuesday: Jack-o-Lantern Sugar Cookies

Jack-o-Lantern Sugar Cookies

These cookies have been made in my family for Halloween and (with different shapes) for Christmas for decades – I’m basing that on the fact that I’m 31 and they’ve been around at least as long as I have. I really have no idea how long my grandma has been making these.

The cookies are a little bit more savory than every other sugar cookie I’ve tried – I’m sure it has something to do with the nutmeg used. I don’t really know and don’t really care – they are just yummy.


3 c. sifted all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 c. shortening

2 eggs, beaten

1 c. white sugar

4 Tbsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla


1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and nutmeg.

2. Into that mixture, cut in shortening with pastry cutter or fork.

3. In another bowl, mix eggs, sugar, milk, and vanilla.

4. Add wet ingredient mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix well.

5. Cover with cling wrap and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.

After dough has thoroughly chilled:

6. Remove dough from refrigerator.

7. Pre-heat oven to 350°.

8. Working in batches, roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness, on a well floured surface.

9. Using pumpkin cookie cutter, cut out shapes.

10. Transfer shapes to greased/parchment lined cookie sheets.

11. Bake for 8 – 11 minutes, until edges JUST start to brown.

12. Transfer cookies to cooling rack to finish cooling.

13. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

After the cookies have completely cooled (a couple of hours, minimum)

14. Frost with your favorite cookie frosting. I use this one.

15. While frosting is still very wet, add semi-sweet chocolate chips as eyes and nose. (I usually frost 3 or 4 and then add the chips to them all.)

16. Let frosting set. Or not.

17. ENJOY!!


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