This Is (Halfway to) Halloween! Make Jack Skellington Cookies at Home

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Credit: Nightmare Before Christmas Facebook/Disney

“This is Halloween, this is Halloween,
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song…”
No matter what season it is, we love celebrating the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town! As Disney celebrates #Halfway2Halloween on social media, there’s no better time to make these Jack Skellington sugar cookies.
This Nightmare Before Christmas recipe is for 18 cookies, so there will be plenty for you and your family to share. A full list of instructions and ingredients can be found below.
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Jack Skellington Sugar Cookies (Courtesy of Disney)

What You Need:

For the cookies:

  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c butter, softened
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 3 c confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Black food coloring paste

What You Do:

For the cookies:

1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside.

2. Combine butter and sugar in bowl of electric mixer and beat until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour mixture in three parts. Once dough comes together, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

3. Preheat oven to 400°F.

4. On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using round cookie cutter or an overturned cup, cut dough into circles about 3 1/4 inches in diameter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely before icing.

For the icing:

1. Place egg whites in bowl of electric mixer; whisk until frothy. Add confectioners’ sugar a little at a time, until thick but still spreadable.

2. Place 1/3 of icing in a separate bowl. Add black food coloring paste to reserved icing and stir until color is uniform.

To decorate:

1. Decorate cooled cookies by covering with white icing and letting it dry (placing cookies in the refrigerator will speed up this process).

2. Place black icing in pastry bag or a plastic resealable bag and cut off a tiny bit of the corner to create a very small hole. Use black icing to draw eyes, nostrils, and stitched mouth on each cookie.

Yum! Whether you’re hosting a Halfway to Halloween party, an actual Halloween party, or you just love Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas, this Jack Skellington cookie recipe is a festive addition to any Disney dessert table.

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Are you going to make these Skellington cookies soon? Tell us if your family loves this sweet Disney treat in the comments!

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