These spooky Halloween Skeleton Pop Tarts are scarily cute! Whether you’re in need of yummy treats to bake for a Halloween party or something easy and extra delicious for a cosy night in watching ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’, these treats are perfect! They are easy to make, with a homemade buttery and delicious black pastry, vegan ‘Nutella’ filling decorated with a vanilla glaze and black icing details. Everyone will love these SPOOKALICIOUS ‘Jack Skellington’ inspired pop tarts! If you love these, check out my viral Vegan Ghost Pop Tarts.
Halloween Skeleton Pop Tarts
These Nightmare Before Christmas inspired Jack Skellington pop tarts are easy peasy to make and will be a favourite treat at Halloween parties! The Nightmare Before Christmas is possibly one of my favourite movies of ALL TIME. I adore Tim Burton and everything he creates! I love this film in particular as I LOVE the intertwining of Halloween and Christmas. It’s such a fun concept, and I also adore the characters, specifically Jack – haha!
Skeleton shaped pastry
There are a few ways you can create the skeleton shaped pastry. You can use a stencil with a knife and cut out the shape by hand, or a fun way is to use a gingerbread man shaped cookie cutter. It might sound a little strange to use a Christmas gingerbread man cookie cutter for a Halloween bake, but bare with me! The shape of the gingerbread man is perfect when it comes to having a ‘body shape’ for the base of the cookie. All that is left required is the icing details. You can find all different types and sizes of gingerbread man cookie cutters everywhere prior to Halloween and Christmas if you don’t already have one in your cookie cutter collection. I have linked the exact one I use here.
Ingredients you’ll need for the pop tarts
- Plain flour – As we don’t need the pastry to rise, plain flour is perfect!
- Sugar – Granulated sugar, golden caster or plain white sugar will be great!
- Dairy-free butter – Cold butter directly from the fridge helps to create the perfect, buttery pastry.
- Ice water – Water in a bowl with some ice-cubes.
- Vegan Nutella – You can make your own or buy one from the shops. I love ‘Natures Store Hazelnut and Cocoa Spread’. I also have the most amazing Nutella recipe in my book.
- Icing sugar – Powdered sugar helps to make a sweet icing.
- Dairy-free milk – Almond, Oat, Soya, Cashew etc… any dairy-free milk will work great.
- Vanilla extract – A splash of Vanilla adds a delicious flavour to the icing. You can even use vanilla seeds from a vanilla pod.
- Black food gel – Make sure to use a food gel as opposed to a food colouring. Food gel is thick and more pigmented, meaning you’ll only need a small dot. This will pigment the pastry and icing without changing the consistency. I use this exact vegan food gel.
How to make Jack Skellington Pop tarts
- Pastry : First step is to prep the homemade pastry. Thankfully, it’s super easy to make! Mix the flour, sugar, black food gel, ice water and butter together until a dough forms, wrap in grease proof paper and chill for 30 minutes.
Roll out the pastry in-between 2 sheets of grease proof paper, and cut out gingerbread man shapes and place onto a lined baking tray.
- Nutella filling : Add a teaspoon or two into the middle of half of the shapes, then brush some milk around the edges of the gingerbread man.
Place another gingerbread man shape on top and press down, and crimp the edges with a fork or with your fingertips. This seals in the filling.
Brush the top of the pastries with some dairy-free milk then bake for around 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before glazing.
- Icing : Mix icing sugar, vanilla and milk together to glaze, similar consistency to tooth paste.
Remove some of the icing and place into a separate bowl, colour this with black food gel and add into a piping bag.
Pipe on the bone details and face with the icing, allow to dry at room temperature for around 10 minutes.