Hello fall! I’m welcoming autumn for you today with these gluten-free Jack-O’-Lantern cookies that look happy and mad! They’re hilarious. And they’ll prep you for Halloween!
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It’s pretty obvious most food bloggers are obsessed with fall holidays. These gluten-free Jack-O’-Lantern cookies I made for the kiddos, before they got home from school yesterday. The recipe is very easy and the icing is all store bought and gluten-free.
I have a recipe for gluten-free sugar cookies for the holidays. It’s a great recipe and I use it for these Halloween cookies as well. The icing here is store bought. Betty Crocker has a whipped white icing that is labeled gluten-free. So, it’s safe enough to eat and you can buy food coloring to make the orange color. Another thing you can do is use fruit to dye and flavor your icing! I didn’t have any orange fruit on hand. Plus, there’s not alot out there. However, if you’re wanting to use reds or pinks, you can puree and sieve strawberries. If you’re in the mood for blues, blueberries are perfect!
Sweet mother, that looks like my son.
I made these during the day when both kids were in school. I wanted to have something fun for them to eat when they got home. My daughter actually loves these cookies. She now prefers them at times over gluten full cookies. It was funny because the faces on both, well, represent both of my children. Let me tell you, they are both full of life and generally very happy. But I wanted mad and happy Jack-O’-Lantern cookies to see which ones they each would choose.
Would the temper filled child choose the angry pumpkin? Or would the sweet kid rebel and go after it? I waited to see what the outcome would be. Once they chose, I laughed. Ok, so the moody one chose the happy face and the sweet one chose the moody face. It just goes to show we all wanna be a little bit different every now and then.
What would be really fun is if you keep making lots of Jack-O’-Lantern cookies with lots of emotional faces! Then when you lay them out for kiddos, they can choose which feeling they associate with the most at the time. Pure fun really. But I guess it could also cause a rumble as well.
These are gluten-free any which way the cookie crumbles. And taste so great. They’re simple and festive. Sometimes it’s easier to make your own colors out of white icing, then decorate your cookies. Especially when you’re using whipped icing. I think the colors just look better when mixed with white icing.
I’m pretty sure my guys will be eating plenty of these this next month. Happy fall everyone! We’ll be cooking up some fun fall recipes next week so be sure to check in. Stay cool out there this weekend. MAN it’s hot!!!!
Gluten-Free Jack-O'-Lantern Cookies
These Jack-O'-Lantern cookies are filled with gluten-free flour and full of funny faces.
- 1/2 cup Unsalted butter or 1 stick softened
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp Milk I used almond milk here
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- 2 cups Gluten-free all purpose flour I used Cup4Cup in this recipe
- White frosting and food coloring for decorating See gluten-free Brand links in instructions
- 1 Writing pen for decorating Optional, see notes below
- Googly eyes For decorating, see notes below
- Jack-O'-Lantern cookie cutter
- In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamed, then add egg and mix.
Add milk vanilla and salt while mixing. Mix thoroughly.
Slowly add flour and mix on low speed until blended.
Scrape dough onto parchment paper and form a log shape with dough, then roll up dough in paper and twist ends shut. The width should be about the width of the cookie cutter.
Freeze for about a half an hour, or until frozen.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Remove frozen dough log and unwrap.
Cut slices 1/4 inch thick , then shape each with your Jack-O'-Lantern cookie cutter. Work quickly so dough remains very cold.
Continue making cookies with remaining excess dough until gone, and place each cookie onto baking sheet as you cut out.
- Bake cookies until edges begin to golden, about 10-12 minutes.
Remove from oven and transfer cookies to cooling rack to cool before decorating.
Here I used Betty Crocker's Whipped Fluffy White frosting which is gluten free. (Many icings are not certified gluten-free, but still pretty safe.)
- Scoop out several big scoops of white frosting into a small bowl.
With orange food coloring, (Good Cooking Gourmet is gluten-free) place a few small drops onto the white icing.
Stir vigorously until well mixed and bright colored.
Drop a spoonful of orange icing onto each cookie, then turn spoon over and smooth onto tops.
Use a tiny amount of white icing to mix with a drop of green for the stem. I used white icing with green sprinkles on top here.
- Wait awhile for orange icing to settle and harden a bit.
- With a black icing writer (Queen makes a gluten-free icing writer, and King Arthur makes a writing kit you can use if you make your own homemade icing), make the Jack O'Lantern triangle eyes, nose, and mouth carefully on each cookie.
- Lastly, place two candy sugar eyes on each cookie (Festival Candy Eyes Treat Toppers are gluten-free).
- Let cookies harden slightly before putting out.
These directions are VERY thorough. Obviously you can do it all your own way!