How to Make a Jack-O'-Lantern Cookie Platter

Written by Mike Tamplin • Oct 26, 2021

How to Make a Jack-O'-Lantern Cookie Platter
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In the previous tutorial, we used the pumpkin platter cookie cutter to create a festive platter for Thanksgiving. This time around, let's make a platter for Halloween.

This jack-o'-lantern cookie platter design utilizes stencils to make the decorating process easier. The final look will impress your guests but with only half the effort.

Pumpkin Platter Cookie Cutter

This pumpkin platter cookie cutter set includes a pumpkin cutter and a center circle cutter. You can purchase cookie cutters together as a set, or as a single cutter without the center circle.

(This is the same circle cutter used in all my platter sets, like this Snowflake set, Spiral Platter, and Floral Wreath, etc.)

There are two sizes available. When arranged as a platter, as shown in the example picture, the platter measures:

LARGE- 12 inches in diameter.

SMALL- 9 inches in diameter.

For this tutorial, I'll be decorating the large size.

pumpkin platter cookie cutter set | Semi Sweet Designs

Template for the Jack-O'-Lantern Platter Cookie Set

If you don't have the jack-o'-lantern face stencil, don't fret. I made a PDF template of all of the pumpkin faces to help with the decorating process.

You can download PDF cookie templates HERE.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For the colors used for these jack-o'-lantern cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

Begin by swiping thick-consistency black icing over the jack-o'-lantern face stencil onto the cookie. The stencil has an etched guideline to help align and center the face onto the cookie.

Let this icing set up for 15 minutes.

jack-o'-lantern cookie platter step 1

Step 2

Next, outline and fill around the black face sections with your pumpkin color.

Once that icing sets, fill in the top stem section with brown icing.

jack-o'-lantern cookie platter step2

Step 3

Lastly, outline the edges of the pumpkin shape for added dimension.

jack-o'-lantern cookie platter step 3

Step 4

For the center circle cookie, I flooded the cookie with black icing and let it dry completely.

Then I airbrushed jack-o-lantern faces on top with pearl sheen airbrush color.

Step 5

Once the pearl sheen airbrush had time to dry, I stenciled "Trick or Treat" on top with white icing.

trick-or-treat cookie stencil

Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together below.

Here's the final jack-o'-lantern cookie platter all assembled. To create this entire platter required 11 cookies-- 10 pumpkin cookies and 1 center circle cookie.

This is the large, 12" version. For the tray it's on, I like to use the 12" pizza pans from Dollar Tree. They are cheap and sturdy for transporting around.

jack-o'-lantern cookie platter | Semi Sweet Designs
jack-o'-lantern cookie platter | Semi Sweet Designs
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