In this post, I will combine details about how I decorated my jack-o’-lantern and skull cookies because they are both made using the same techniques. I’ll even share how I got my icing to dry so nice and puffy! You will be using edible paint, royal icing, and an airbrush to create some spooky cookies for Halloween that everyone will love.
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How to Decorate Jack-o’-lanterns and Skulls
My jacks and skulls were decorated with the same idea in mind… and because of that, I am only going to talk you through the jack-o’-lanterns step by step. However, I did record myself decorating the skulls. I encourage you to watch all of my videos here so you can see exactly how I decorated. Then, you can read through all the details below. If you still have any questions, feel free to ask.
Also, be sure to check out the tutorial I recently published on How to Decorate Feather Cookies that goes along with this Halloween set.
Preparing Your Cookies and Icing
Before you can decorate you will need to bake your cookies. I made my Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies which you can find here. You can pull off these designs with any pumpkin or skull cookie cutters but you can find what I used below.
Once you are ready to decorate you will need to prepare your icing. Here is the recipe for my favorite royal icing. I used all Wilton colors for these cookies.
For the jack-o’-lanterns I used juniper green gel color mixed to piping consistency for the stems. Then, for the orange jacks, I used orange gel color. Finally, for the white jacks, I used ivory gel color. When it came to the skulls I just left the icing white.
For all of the cookies, you will need to mix each color to two consistencies. Mix a small amount of it to piping consistency and then mix the majority to flood consistency. I used tipless bags, you can find here, with small holes cut at the tip.
Puffy Crater-Free Icing!
Now, the following is some important info. It will be the reason your icing is nice and puffy. It also will prevent craters! You are going to use your oven to dry your cookies… and it will change your life!
Turn your oven on to the lowest temperature it will go. (If you have a dehydrator just use that and skip all of this instruction.) The lowest my oven goes is 170 degrees. Once it reaches that I turn it off and crack the oven door to lower the temperature to about 130-150. Then I place my cookie in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Let them cool off and then go to the next step. Repeat until your cookie is complete.
When you have your faces drawn, paint in all the black areas. I used and love Edible Art Paint in black. I highly recommend it! Now just wait for the paint to dry. Once your paint dries it’s time to outline the face with your orange icing. You do not need to wait for the orange outline to dry if you are careful. Go ahead and flood the middle and end sections of your cookie. Then, stick the cookie in your oven. I like to leave it there for 13 minutes. Let your cookie cool off and continue onto the next step. Flood the in between sections. Then back into the oven. When your icing has completely dried, it is time to airbrush. If you don’t have an airbrush you can skip this step, but I think it really adds a lot!
Using Amerimist orange spray the edges of the cookie, between sections, and around the details of the face. Set your cookie aside until the airbrush coloring is dry.
Now it’s time to add the stem. I like to play around with royal icing textures and so that’s what I did here.
First, pipe the green icing over the stem area of the cookie. Then, thinly smooth it out. It can be rough looking… just adds more texture. To smooth the icing I used a knife scriber tool from Wilton’s Fondant and Gum Paste Toolkit. Once you have your icing smoothed out the way you like it, clean up the edges by scraping off whatever icing is overhanging. Next, using a scribe tool, draw lines through the stem. It’s okay if you can see the cookie through the icing. Then set your cookie aside so the icing can completely dry. Once your stem is dry, you are ready to paint it. Again, I used Edible Art Paint in green and mixed it with a small amount of brown. Seriously it’s the best stuff ever! When the paint is dry… so is the cookie! Here’s a closer look at the ivory jack-o’-lantern and skull cookies. Have so much fun decorating these cookies, and have a Happy Halloween! xoxo, Katie
Here are some of the items used to decorate these cookies: