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Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Cookies

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These fun pumpkin, oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies are a Halloween tradition in my family. We shape them like pumpkins and decorate them like jack-o-lanterns with candy faces!

pumpkin shaped cookie with candy and frosting decoration to look like a jack-o-lantern

    These cookies are delicious on their own. They are loaded with pumpkin, oatmeal and chocolate chips. They have a nice chew and the icing almost makes them taste like an oatmeal cream pie.  But what really makes them cute are the candy faces!

     I have made them as drop cookies before and covered them with a bit of cream cheese frosting and they were delicious that way as well, but there is just something about a candy face that makes them even better!

mixing bowl of pumpkin, oatmeal and chocolate chip cookie dough.

     I first shared this on the blog in 2015. But I thought I would bring it back to the front to remind you about how wonderful they are.  Plus that gave Little Dude and I a fun project to work on a few days ago.

     So without further ado, I will let you read the original post from a few years ago:

     Happy birthday MiMi!  Don’t tell anyone, but it is MiMi’s birthday today!

    In honor of her special day, I thought I would share a recipe that she has been making for most of my life.  It is definitely a family favorite that is full of memories.

cookie dough shaped into pumpkins on baking sheet ready to bake.

    These cookies are a Halloween staple in our family.  MiMi has made these cookies almost every year since 1984!

   It was the dark ages.  A time before Pinterest and blogs and people found ideas for new recipes in newspapers.

   That is exactly where this is from.  She still has the newspaper page with this and a few other recipes on it.  Now it wouldn’t be October without them!

kid decorating pumpkin cookies with frosting and candy

    We thought Little Dude would have fun putting candy on the pumpkins.  He did have fun, but most of the candy went into his mouth!

    I suppose all of those grand ideas of my kid always eating healthy and not having junk are shot.  At least he eats well most of the time!

jack-o-lantern cookies on spider web tray.

    You can let your imaginations run wild on the decorations.  They don’t always have to make sense, they just have to taste good!

variety of candy faces on pumpkin cookies.

      I have to say even 3 years later, the nostalgia for these cookies is strong.  Little Dude and I had a blast decorating them.  We still ate some candy along the way, but this time he was really enjoying doing the piping as well.

      Of course one of his pumpkins got a little out of control with a huge mound of frosting and lots of candy.  He was really looking forward to eating it, even if it took him three sitting to get through it!

kid eating a cookie loaded with frosting and candy.

     I definitely recommend making these cookies on the bigger side, it gives you more room to decorate and have fun.  If you want smaller cookies, be sure to buy mini candies and chocolate chips so you can get a face on there!

More fun Halloween recipes:

Ghosts in the Graveyard Trifle is a fun mix of chocolate cake, pudding, white chocolate bones, chocolate dirt and spooky ghosts.  It is truly a spooky Halloween dessert and a delight for your taste buds!

Shrimp on the Brain Dip is a fun cracker spread that looks like a brain and tastes like a million bucks.  The creamy shrimp base and cocktail sauce blood are a site to behold for sure!

Shrimp on the Brain Dip is a fun cracker spread that looks like a brain and tastes like a million bucks.  The creamy shrimp base and cocktail sauce blood are a site to behold for sure!

Skillet Monster Cookieis a giant monster cookie baked in a cast iron skillet.  Too make it spookier it topped with fudge icing and a sweet spider!

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Yield: 24 Large Cookies

Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Cookies

pumpkin oatmeal cookie shaped like pumpkin with frosting and candy jack-o-lantern face on top.

These cookies are delicious on their own. They are loaded with pumpkin, oatmeal and chocolate chips. They have a nice chew and the icing almost makes them taste like an oatmeal cream pie. But what really makes them cute are the candy faces!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • For decorating: crusting buttercream (or frosting tubes) and assorted candies and chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon & salt.
  3. Cream butter, gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy.
  4. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin. mix well after each addition. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Shape into pumpkin shapes on greased or parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the cookie. They will still be soft and you don’t want them to brown too much around the edges. Cool for 15 minutes, then remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once completely cooled, decorate with frosting and candies.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These cookies are delicious on their own. They are loaded with pumpkin, oatmeal and chocolate chips. They have a nice chew and the icing almost makes them taste like an oatmeal cream pie. But what really makes them cute are the candy faces!

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Colleen - Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

Tuesday 9th of October 2018

Oh how fun!!! Bet they're pretty tasty too!

Carlee

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

They really are delicious and fun to decorate too!

Amy

Monday 8th of October 2018

My mother use to cut out recipes out of the newspaper. That is so cool that you still have that recipe. And I love little dude's loaded cookie. That looks like my kind of cookie. They also sound like a good substantial recipe. Thank you for sharing.

Carlee

Tuesday 16th of October 2018

I was tempted to steal the loaded cookie too! You know I love my frosting! These have definitely earned their place in our family's hearts!

Loni

Saturday 6th of October 2018

These are my favorite! When I was a child my mom would make them and it was the kids job to decorate them, it wasn't Halloween unless we made these!!! :)

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

It was the same at our house (and still is!)

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Friday 5th of October 2018

Totally adorable! I love decorating cookies this time of year and you have me totally inspired :)

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

Yay! It is fun how anything goes on these kind of things!

Andrea Nine

Friday 5th of October 2018

Look at this cuteness! Little Dude and the cookies!

Carlee

Monday 8th of October 2018

=) We had fun doing them.

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