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Stacked Jack-O'-Lantern Butter Cookies
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1 1/4 cups sugar

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

3 tablespoons dark corn syrup or molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon salt


4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 to 4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half

Red and yellow food color  


Black decorator gel

6 green gumdrops, cut into fourths

 *Substitute orange food color.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine sugar and 1 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add egg, corn syrup and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Continue beating until well mixed. Add all remaining cookie ingredients; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough into thirds. Shape each third into ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Roll out dough on well-floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8- to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with 5-inch snowman cookie cutter. Place 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 5-7 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine powdered sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla in bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Add red and yellow food color, 1 drop at a time, until desired orange color.

  6. STEP 6

    Frost cookies. Create faces on each round section using black decorator gel. Add green gumdrop piece for stem.

Tip #1

- For a professional look, place 1 cup frosting into small disposable pastry bag. Snip off end leaving 1/8- to 1/4-inch hole. Pipe frosting onto cookie to outline 3 separate pumpkins. Spread remaining frosting in center of each pumpkin.

Tip #2

- Place small decorator candies over gel if you want to create eyes and nose.

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