Food You Can Eat: Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies

They look like they're screaming. But at least they don't look like they're vomiting.

First things first:  I have no idea why there is an apostrophe and two hyphens in Jack-O’-Lantern.  I thought for sure that it would be Jack O’Lantern, or, Jack-O-Lantern, or maybe even Jack-O’ Lantern, but not Jack-O’-Lantern.  But, as we all know, the Internet does not lie, so when I searched for the term I found that even the Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists it with the apostrophe and the two hyphens.  That’s the way it is.  It’s stupid, but that’s the way it is.

A caveat before we get started:  I asked Mrs. Butcher to help me with this recipe because no way would I be able to cut out the faces without them looking like an actual chainsaw murderer had tried to make them.  I thought she would do the standard triangle eyes and smiling mouth, but she got flummoxed by the oatmeal in the dough, so she went with circles cut with a cookie cutter and a metal straw. 

Here’s what you’ll need:


1 Cup Canned Pumpkin

½ Cup Sugar

½ tsp. Cinnamon

½ tsp. Ginger

¼ tsp. Nutmeg

Cookie Dough:

2 Cups Flour

1 tsp. Salt

½ tsp. Baking Soda

½ Cup Brown Sugar

¾ Cup Shortening, softened

1 Egg

¼ Cup Molasses

1 Cup Rolled Oats

Mix pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg together and set aside.

In a separate bowl sift together flour, salt and baking soda. Or, be kick-ass like me, and set it up in your sifter attachment.

In a separate bowl cream shortening while adding brown sugar slowly and beat until fluffy.  Add egg and molasses and beat well.

Be sure to scrape the bowl down and mix again to mix everything together.

Add rolled oats, and flour mixture and mix well.

This dough is begging for chocolate chips.

Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface until ⅛ inch thick.  Using a 2 ½ inch round cutter, cut out circles, kneading scraps together and rolling out again until all the dough is used.

Place half the circles on an ungreased cookie sheet and spread 1 teaspoon filling on each. 

Use a pastry bag, or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut out, to apply the filling.

Cut faces into the other half of the circles, lay over the top and seal the edges.  Cut stems from the scraps and place on top.

Help us! We look terrible!

Bake in a 375-degree oven for 12-15 minutes. 

Help us! We look even worse!

These cookies are…fine, I guess.  I’m not a fan of molasses so the flavor doesn’t give me the tingles like a good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie does, and I would probably up the filling amount to a tablespoon per cookie because the filling was quite good.  Either way, this is not a repeat recipe for me, but if you like eating molasses (and God have mercy on your soul if you do) then these cookies should fit the bill.

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  1. Cute and scrumptious. With the circular facial features, they sort of resemble those Reddit creatures.

  2. Emoji cookies? Delicious nonetheless.

  3. But what if  you’re one of those people who won’t eat anything with a face?

      • Problem solver!  I love eating faces, in fact, the only good thing about gingerbread men is eating off body parts.  Ooooops, I’ve said too much.


  4. I vaguely remember something about it originally being “Jack of the lantern”, so I think the apostrophe is indicating the shortening of “of the” to “O'”

    I may be very wrong about that, I can’t even remember where or when I heard that…

    • Yes, but why the two additional dashes?  I think it’s a conspiracy brought on by Big Grammar.

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