Pumpkin Cutout Cookies

I have always had a little thing for Pillsbury Holiday Shape Cookies. I used to buy them ALL THE TIME in college. Okay, not that often…I was a poor college student. But I did love to splurge on them a couple of times a season. I really don’t know why I loved them so much.

Well, this year I decided I had to try making some myself. I tried a couple of different methods. I’ll share the first method with you today:

1. Divide your sugar cookie dough and color part of it orange using food coloring (I used AmeriColor).

2. Roll the dough out to equal widths and chill the dough. I always roll my dough out between 2 pieces of wax paper.

3. Cut round shaped cookies and then cut a pumpkin out from the middle. If your dough is chilled enough, the dough may stick in the cutter making it much easier to remove. Reserve the plain pumpkins to bake separately. Or you could do some white pumpkins with orange backgrounds. That would be fun too!

4. Cut orange pumpkins using the same cookie cutter.

5. Insert the orange pumpkin into the cut out area in the plain dough. Gently press the seam together.

6. Bake according to the directions for your cookie dough and enjoy.

I loved how they turned out, but they did have a bit of a line around the pumpkin. I was hoping for a more seamless effect.  You could also use green/brown for the stems. Or you could make jack-o-lanterns using black dough cutouts or even draw on them using a black food marker.

I sprinkled my extra pumpkins with a bit of orange and black sugar. I actually dyed my white sanding sugar with orange and black AmeriColor food coloring. I was originally planning on decorating them with royal icing, but I changed my mind last minute. So after they were already baked, I put the sprinkles on top and popped them back in the oven for a couple of minutes to set the sugar.

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6 Responses to Pumpkin Cutout Cookies

  1. i think they turned out great! i wouldn’t have thought to make cutout cookies myself but they look great, so i think i shall give ‘em a try soon!

  2. Those came out really nice. What a cute idea, you can do this with any cookie cutter really. What a cute and easy idea. I’m definitely going to try this.

    Ellen
    http://everydaysisters.blogspot.com

  3. Oh my, these look so perfect! I also love the Pillsbury cut-out cookies, but I bet these taste soooooooooo much better. What a terrific idea!

  4. Such a fun idea. I’ve never bought the Pillsbury cookies but always thought they were so fun. I’m sure yours are so much better.

  5. Lindy@ItsyBitsyPaper

    Too Cute! They look great. I’d love for you to link up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party!

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2011/09/wickedly-creative-halloween-ideas-linky.html

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