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Jack Skellington Cookies

Jack Skellington Cookies are so perfect for a night of watching The Nightmare Before Christmas! It’s one of our favorite Halloween movies. Do you love it, too? 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time18 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Jack Skellington cookie recipe, Jack SKellington cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 497kcal
Author: Jill



  • 1 C unsalted sweet cream butter softened
  • 1 1/2 C Powder sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tarter


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1/2 C powder sugar
  • Black gel food coloring


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  • Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter, powder sugar, vanilla and egg and mix until combined and creamy
  • Using a large bowl, combined the flour, baking soda and cream of tarter
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix on low speed
  • Using your hands continue to mix until fully combined
  • Lightly flour a cutting board and knead the cookie dough a couple of times
  • Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick
  • Cut out 12 circles and place onto a cookie sheet
  • Bake for 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown
  • Repeat steps until completely out of dough
  • Let cookies cool completely

Royal Icing:

  • Using the standing mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tarter, vanilla and powder sugar and mix until combined and stiff peaks form
  • Scoop 1 C of icing into another bowl and mix in a few drops of black gel coloring. Add in a few more drops of black to get the shade you want.
  • Scoop some white icing and black icing into the piping bags and set aside
  • Add in a few tablespoons of water into the remaining white icing and mix until combined
  • Pour the white icing into the squeeze bottle
  • Using the white piping bag, pipe a outline around the cookies
  • Fill in with the thinner white icing
  • Let cookies dry overnight
  • Using the black piping bag, pipe the detail of Jack Skellington's eyes onto the cookie and fill in
  • Pipe a line for a smile onto the bottom part of the cookie
  • Pipe small lines for stitching onto the line for the smile
  • Let cookies dry for an hour before enjoying.


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 84g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 122mg | Sugar: 58g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1.6mg