Anything but a Jack-o-lantern Cookie

Posted by Anne Yorks on Friday, October 14, 2011

Last Halloween, I created a set of Jack-o-lantern pumpkin cookies. They were cute, don't get me wrong. But, this year I really wanted to try something different. I wanted to do anything but jack-o-lanterns. I found a cute set of painted pumpkins in the Family Circle magazine (not really my normal read, but I stumbled across this mag while my highlight foils were setting in). I love finding cookie inspiration in unsuspecting places like the hair salon. I had my phone with me and so I snapped a few quick photos. (Don't love my foot in the photo?)



Then the real fun began. Decorating time! I came up with these first. 

Dots and lines are always easy and fun on a cookie. 

I had a little extra dough when baking these cookies, so I also made some very dottie mini pumpkins. I like these mini cookies because you can munch them in a bite or two and satisfy a sweet craving. Stopping at one is my challenge.

But after designing the dots and lines I wanted something a little more fun. So I created a set of flower cookies (I put the wood grain cookie in with this grouping).

I wanted some fun, funky pumpkins with patterns. So I went ahead and decorated these cookies.

And finally, my favorite set, the silhouette and word cookies. 

I'm not sure what the official name of this scalloped oval thingy is, but I like it. I also tend to like books with this cover design: The Help and The Secret Life of Bees.

In all, I made 24 different pumpkin designs, plus the mini cookies.

My favorite cookies of the group were:

Spider Web Pumpkin Cookie

Trick or Treat Pumpkin Cookie

Paisley Pumpkin Cookie

Orange Tree Pumpkin Cookie

Haunted House Silhouette Pumpkin Cookie

Flower and dots pumpkin cookie

Circle pumpkin cookie

Flower Power pumpkin cookie

I hope these cookies are a little inspiration for you this year if you're painting or decorating your pumpkins. We're carving. Not only is it fun, but I love roasting the pumpkin seeds. I think we're also going to try to make our own homemade pumpkin pie from scratch, no canned pumpkin for us. I'll keep you posted on how it turns out.

I have two more Halloween cookie projects to share...until then, have a very sweet day!

Thanks for reading,