Deliciously buttery vanilla cookies with a black cherry jam filling are shaped as Jack Skellington from the book and film – The Nightmare Before Christmas. These Easy Jack Skellington Cookies are family-friendly and absolutely perfect for Halloween & the Holidays!
Easy Jack Skellington Cookies
‘This is Halloween! This is Halloween!’ It’s my favourite time of the year, scary horror movies, hot drinks and spooky baking! One of my all time favourite holiday films is ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. And let’s settle this debate, do you think it’s a Christmas movie or Halloween movie? I’ve always thought Halloween, but let me know what you think in the comments! Regardless, I think we can all collectively agree that Jack is spooky, yet super cute, hence why I am so excited to share these cookies with you.
Ingredients you’ll need:
You only need a few super simple ingredients to make these cookies. Most of which you may already have in your kitchen cupboard. If not, I’ve listed them below so make sure to jot them down on your next shopping list / or your next grocery run.
- Dairy-free block butter : Make sure your butter is chilled, directly from the fridge.
- Caster sugar : Use fine white sugar. Always make sure that the sugar you’re using is vegan friendly.
- Plain / all purpose flour :
- Vanilla extract : You can use vanilla extract, seeds from a vanilla pod or vanilla bean paste for the ultimate vanilla flavour!
- Icing sugar : Make sure to sieve it before dusting over the cookies to prevent any lumps.
- Black cherry jam : You can use homemade or store bought. I use a smooth vegan friendly store-bought Black Cherry Jam.
- Black food gel : Make sure it’s vegan friendly.
Here is a list of the tools needed to make these Easy Jack Skellington Cookies:
- Food processor / stand mixer : Personally I like to use a food processor for cookies, but you are more than welcome to use a stand mixer with paddle attachment.
- Piping bag : Used to pipe the jam filling onto the cookies. Alternatively just spread the jam on with a knife or spoon if you don’t have piping bags.
- Circle / round cookie cutter : To keep things easy, I use circle cookie cutters when cutting out the cookies. Feel free to use whatever size you prefer. I like to use 3” round cutters.
- Round piping tips : Use the end of the piping tips to chomp out the face details, like the eyes and nose. You could even use mini round cookie cutters, fondant presses or even cut out the face details by hand using a knife (this way will take a bit longer).
- Rolling pin : You can use any rolling pin you like, but I recommend a French rolling pin for even cookies.
How to make Easy Jack Skellington Cookies
We’ll start by making the cookies, and then once they’re baked and cooled, we’ll fill them with delicious black cherry jam and top them with a powdered sugar ‘Jack’ cookie to really bring them to life!
In a food processor, add in the butter, sugar, flour and vanilla. You may also need a few teaspoons of ice-water. Blend until it turns into a thick dough. Wrap in grease-proof paper and chill until firm.
- Preparing the cookies
Roll out the dough in-between 2 sheets of grease-proof paper or a clean floured work surface. Roll out and chomp out rounds using a circle cookie cutter. To half of the cookies, use a small circle cookie cutter or end of a piping tip to cut out the eye holes and the nose holes.
Place on a lined baking tray and bake until golden in colour. Allow to cool.
Mix the icing sugar, vanilla and milk in a bowl. Dip the tops of the cookies with the face details on, allow excess to dip off. Set aside to set. Colour some icing with black food gel and pipe on the mouth details.
Spread or pipe the jam on the plain cookies and place a iced ‘face’ cookie on top. Press down to stick.
Serve and enjoy!