Jack Skellington Cookies Recipe

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Are you on the lookout for spooky treats for Halloween? Then make things interesting by baking some scary yet delicious cookies inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jack Skellington. These cookies are perfect treats for guests, to answer the trick-or-treat doorbells, and for casual munching throughout the week.

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Now how do you make these cookies? Jack Skellington cookies are easy to make. The base is a simple vanilla-flavored cookie that is topped with royal icing to draw Jack Skellington’s face. The recipe that you will find below will only take you 1 hour to prepare. It will help you make 16 cookies in the quantities given below. Of course, you can multiply the ingredients to make more cookies.

Let’s now take a look at the equipment and ingredients you will require to make Jack Skellington cookies. I will also share some tips with you to have the most desirable results.

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What Equipment Will You Need To Make Jack Skellington Cookies?

Below is the list of equipment you will require to make Jack Skellington cookies.

  • Mixer – A stand mixer with a paddle attachment is always the easiest to use when it comes to mixing ingredients. However, you can also use an electric hand mixer instead.
  • Rolling Pin – A rolling pin helps ensure that you roll the dough out evenly. 
  • Circle Cookie Cutter – To make Jack Skellington cookies, we are looking at perfect round cookies. Therefore, you will need circle cookie cutters to cut the cookies. You can choose to use whatever size you prefer.
  • Baking Sheet – A baking sheet, parchment paper, or a silicon pad will prevent your cookies from sticking onto the tray.
  • Black Food Coloring – This recipe calls for black food coloring to carve out Jack Skellington’s face. You can use Wilton’s black gel food coloring to get that perfect shade of black. 
  • Piping Bag – A piping bag will help you pipe out the facial features.

How Much Time Will You Need To Make Jack Skellington Cookies?

Preparation TimeBaking & Resting TimeTotal Time
10 Minutes40 Minutes50 Minutes

What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Jack Skellington Cookies? 

Let’s take a short overview of some of the ingredients for Jack Skellington cookies. You will find the full recipe at the bottom of the post.

  • Butter – You will need unsalted butter rather than salted in this recipe, as we are already using salt in the batter. 
  • Eggs & Egg Whites – To make these cookies we will use two whole eggs in the cookie dough and two egg whites for the royal icing.
  • Milk – This recipe calls for the use of whole milk.
  • All-Purpose Flour – All-purpose flour will make the structure of the cookies. But keep in mind that you will have to use the spoon & level method when measuring out the flour.
  • Sugar – We will use powdered sugar for this recipe so that it mixes with the other ingredients easily. Be sure to sift it first to avoid any clumps.
  • Water – You will require water while making royal icing to thin it out.
  • Black Food Coloring – Black food coloring will help us draw Jack Skellington’s features!
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Steps To Make Jack Skellington Cookies

1. Make Sugar Cookies

To make the sugar cookies start by mixing together all the wet ingredients and then adding in the dry ingredients until well combined. You may find the dough sticky at this point, which is normal. Take a plastic wrap and  wrap the dough in it and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Now, using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to ¼-inch thickness. Once you have achieved the correct thickness, take a cookie cutter and cut out the rolled dough in circles. Transfer the cut cookie circles to a baking sheet and bake them for 8-12 minutes, or until you find the edges turned light golden brown in color. 

2. Prepare The Royal Icing

Once the cookies are baked, whisk egg whites until light and foamy. Then gradually add the powdered sugar. It’s now time for you to add the water one teaspoon at a time. You will do this until you can make the figure of eight with the icing. You can make this figure on top of the icing you have made. You will know that you have reached the correct royal icing consistency once the figure of eight forms disappears in a few minutes.

Make sure that the icing is stiff enough to pipe but not too runny. Now, divide the royal icing into two separate bowls and color half the royal icing black and pour into piping bags. Cover all the cookies in white icing first, then use the black icing to create Jack Skellington’s facial features. 

Nutritional Information

Calories273 Kcal
Carbohydrates50 g
Protein3 g
Fat7 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat2 g
Trans Fat0.3 g
Cholesterol38 mg
Sodium517 mg
Potassium34 mg
Fiber1 g
Sugar36 g
Vitamin A222IU
Calcium25 mg
Iron1 mg

How Will The Jack Skellington Cookies Look And Taste Like?

Jack Skellington Cookies make for a perfect Halloween dessert. They are spooky and sumptuous treats. These cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to two weeks. The best part about making these cookies is that it turns out to be a lot of fun. You can turn them into a Halloween fun activity by preparing the cookies ahead and involving your family members and friends to decorate them together. Believe me; you are going to have a great time eating and making them.

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jack Skellington cookies

Jack Skellington Cookies Recipe

Jack Skellington Cookies are an amazing Halloween treat that tastes delectable and looks like a nightmare. You can have a lot of fun making them, and they are sure to impress your family and friends!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Resting Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15
Calories 273 kcal


Rolling Pin
Circle Cookie Cutter
Baking Sheet
Piping Bag


For Cookies:

  • 10 oz All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 11/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 4 oz Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Milk
  • 7 oz Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

For Royal Icing:

  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 12 oz Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • Black Food Color (Few drops)


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line the baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Take a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a large bowl with a hand mixer and cream together the butter and sugar for 3-5 minutes until fluffy. Add in beaten eggs, vanilla extract, and milk and mix well to combine, scraping the bowl well after each addition.
  •  In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients that include all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix until everything is combined. Scrape the sides as needed.
  • Tightly wrap the cookie dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
  • After the dough has chilled in the fridge,flour your countertop lightly and roll the cookie dough out to about a ¼-inch thickness.
  • Cut out the cookies using circle cookie cutters, then transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
  •  Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 8-12 minutes or until they appear lightly golden brown around the edges.
  •  Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Royal Icing

  • Take a stand mixer or a large bowl with a handheld mixer and whisk the egg whites until white and foamy. Then gradually add in the powdered sugar. The mixture forms stiff peaks.
  • Now add in water one teaspoon at a time until you can make a figure of eight with the icing that disappears in eight seconds on top of the icing itself.
  • Divide the royal icing into two bowls. Leave one bowl as is, and in the other bowl add a few drops of black food coloring until you achieve the desired black color.
  • Transfer both shades of royal icing into different piping bags and decorate the cookies to make them resemble Jack Skellington.
  • Make sure to let the royal icing dry completely before serving.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.


Tips To Make The Perfect Cookies:
  • Use softened butter –  When mixing together sugar and butter, make sure your butter is just a little bit soft and not melted. If the butter is melted, the dough will become too soft and not easy to handle. If you’ve taken out the butter straight from the fridge, you can warm it up in the microwave for 15-second.
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough –  Refrigerating the cookie dough before rolling it out is one of the most important steps. This step lets the dough firm up, which makes it easier to roll out later. You can also refrigerate the cookie dough if you plan on making the cookies in batches. 
  • Flour your surface well – while rolling out cookies, it’s always best to flour the surface to prevent the dough from sticking. 
  • Use the figure-eight test to check the consistency of royal icing – After making the royal icing, make a figure eight in the icing to check for its correct consistency. If the figure of eight disappears within seconds, then the icing is of the perfect consistency. However, if the icing is too stiff, you can add some water a teaspoon at a time. And if it’s too thin, you can add in small amounts of powdered sugar until you reach the desired consistency.


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 222IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword Dessert, Halloween, Jack Skellington Cookies
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long do I bake Jack Skellington cookies?

Jack Skellington cookies need to be baked for 10 -15 minutes at 325° F.

How to cut the cookies the best way?

The best way to cut these cookies out is to use a good quality sturdy circle cookie cutter.

How thick do I roll the Jack Skellington cookies?

You have to roll the sugar cookie dough out to 1/4 inch thick.

How long should I refrigerate my cookie dough?

You should refrigerate your cookie dough for at least 30 minutes before cutting the cookie dough into shape for neat edges.

 How long do these cookies last in the fridge?

The Jack Skellington cookies will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, if properly stored.

How do you color Royal Icing?

Coloring Royal icing is a simple process. To color the royal icing, you need to add a few drops of food coloring to it. The best option is to use gel food colors. Keep in mind that Royal icing colors get darker as it dries and hardens.

I hope you found this Halloween recipe interesting. Do let me know how your Jack Skellington cookies turned out to be in the comments sections below. For more such recipes, head to the recipe section on the website.

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