Jack Skellington Cookies

Fall has arrived here in Arizona, yay!  It feels like forever that we've had temps below 100 degrees, so it's been a welcome change!

In our family, we lucked out with a few Fall birthdays, with my husband's up first this past week!  Of course, he's not much of a cake fan anymore...probably because of my many years as a cake shop owner..one gets tired of cake after awhile, haha.  So this year I opted for something a little simpler, but of course with a Disney twist.  ºoº

The great thing about these cookies is that I did it the "cheater" way of icing pretty cookies. Not a pro at royal icing?, no prob, get some fondant and start rolling!  You'll have perfect edges every time!

The trick with sugar cookies is the prep of the actual dough.  In order to keep the shape, you need to keep the dough chilled before it ever gets in the oven.  Once you make the dough, you chill for 30 minutes (sometimes less depending on your current temp).  Then roll the dough out.  I put the dough between 2 pieces of wax paper and use the "Dough EZ mat" and guides for perfect thickness.

Place the rolled dough on a cookie sheet, still covered with the wax paper and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.  Take out and then cut with your circle shaped cutter.  The chilled dough will create a clean cut and it will be easy to transfer the cookie to the baking pan. 

Bake at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes.

To ice Jack Skellington Cookies:  Roll white fondant out to 1/4" Thickness. I use Carma Massa Ticcino Fondant for eating because honestly, it's the best tasting fondant out there.  My second favorite is Satin Ice, but mostly for modeling figurines.

 Brush water or sugar syrup onto cooled cookie and place fondant on.  Let sit for 30 minutes to harden slightly.

To make Jack's face.  Use the outline from your print out and gently outline the features onto the fondant.  Remove paper and with an edible black pen, trace the outlines and following the guide of the picture, fill in the features.

Here's a quick timelapse:

Jack Skellington Cookies Recipe


2 1/3 C Flour plus 2 TBSP

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 1/2 stick unsalted butter softened

1 large egg

1/2 Cup plus 2 TBSP Sugar

1 tsp vanilla


In a bowl of a standing mixer, mix butter and sugar until creamy.  Add egg and vanilla and mix until fluffy.  In 2 batches add flour, salt and baking powder until dough forms.  Do not over mix.  Bake for 8-10 Minutes at 350ºF following directions above.

Tools Used: (Find them all in My Favorite Tools on the sidebar)

Rolling Pin

Dough EZ Mat

Carma Massa Ticcino Fondant

Edible Pen

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Lee said...

I'm a big cookie baker, particularly at Christmas. I always chill my dough but roll it out and just cut. NEVER thought to roll it out and re-chill before cutting. GENIUS! Maybe this is something everyone knows about and I missed the memo, but thanks for this little gift! I can't wait to try it out.

Erica Jones said...

I canNOT get over how amazing these cookies are! When the cookies come up for the chronological movie challenge I am ABSOLUTELY making these cookies!

The Disney DINKs said...

What's this? I can't believe my eyes. The cutest Jack Skellington cookies! Great job. :)

Alia said...

Thanks everyone! And yes, Lee, it saves my dough from spreading!!!

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