We’re in Halloween spirit this week so I baked these easy and delicious Jack-O-Lantern Cookies with my boys. Well, I baked, Liam made a few cookies too, but Leon just played with the dough and made a mess.

Cookies are filled half chocolate spread, half marmalade and are supposed to be scary. Are they? The boys loved them and me too. They are very easy to make, the boys used their sharp (and cleaned) play dough utilities to carve their lantern shapes but I simply used a knife.

They came out very big with the right amount of crunch, but the ones with marmalade filling did soften up in time which is fine with me.

I almost always use a bread spatula to help transfer cookies as they can be fragile or sticky, so I suggest you do the same.

And also use a big mold, so you will have room to carve the shapes you want. It can be a bit tricky if you have small circles.

I hope you’ll enjoy these cookies and wish you a happy Halloween.

Piškoti Jack-O-Lantern ⠀

Jack-O-Lantern Cookies ⠀

Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 400 grams of flour (half of harsh and half of smooth) + a little more for rolling⠀
  • 150 grams of granulated sugar⠀
  • 200 grams of butter⠀
  • 1 egg⠀
  • 1 baking powder (17 grams)⠀
  • 1 vanilla sugar (14 grams)
  • Pinch of clove powder
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Half a tea spoon of cinnamon
  • 150 grams of chocolate spread or marmalade

Instructions

  • Make sure that butter is room temperature. Making cookie dough is easy, just add all the ingredients into a bowl and stir them up a little. Then kneed it with hands until nicely combined, shape it into a ball. If it doesn’t want to come together and is too crumbly, just add a table spoon (or two) of warm water. ⠀
  • Make sure that butter is room temperature. Making cookie dough is easy, just add all the ingredients into a bowl and stir them up a little. Then kneed it with hands until nicely combined, shape it into a ball. If it doesn’t want to come together and is too crumbly, just add a table spoon (or two) of warm water. ⠀
  • The dough should be soft and easy to work with, but do use a bread spatula to help transfer the cookies if they are too fragile or sticky.
  • Roll out the dough on a surface with the help of some flour (make it as thin as possible), dust under and on top. Than use a round cookie mold (I used a donut one) to make a circle. Carve in your Jack-o-lantern shape with a knife or other sharp object (the kids used some clean utilities from play dough). Keep in mind that every lantern cookie needs to be paired up with a plain round cookie.
  • Place them on a prepared baking tray (I also use baking sheet underneath) and bake it in the oven at 180 degrees Celsius up to 8 minutes. But keep an eye on them to make sure they are nicely colored and you don’t burn them.
  • Then remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool. Assemble the cookies by spreading chocolate or marmalade on the plain cookie (use the side it baked on) and press the Jack-o-lantern cookie on to it that is sticks together.
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