Make the cutest and EASIEST pumpkin cookies this Halloween! No fancy decorating or piping skills needed - a circle cookie, frosting, and some mini M&M's is all it takes to make these adorable Halloween pumpkin cookies!
Cut Out Cookies & Bake
After rolling out your cut out sugar cookie dough (I prefer 1/2" thick), use a small circle cookie cutter (around 2.5" in diameter) or spice cap to cut out cookies. You can also use a larger circle and normal sized M&M's for a larger version of these!
Tip: To make the perfect cut out sugar cookies, browse my The Ultimate Guide to Cut Out Sugar Cookies before starting!
Let Cool Then Frost
Once baked, let cookies cool completely to room temperature before frosting. I used my Sugar Cookie Buttercream Frosting recipe to frost these (dyed a light orange) but you can use your favorite frosting recipe or store-bought can!
Step 3: Decorate
Once frosted, press on 2 mini chocolate chips for the eyes (or M&M's, if preferred), 2 orange mini M&M's for the cheeks, and a brown M&M for the mouth! I like to cut some of the brown M&M's in half to make normal mouths and then mix in some whole M&M's for a more "BOO!" expression!
Tip: When cutting M&M's in half, use a sharp knife and press straight down. You will naturally break some and not get the perfect half-circle, but will get some good ones after a few tries!
You definitely can! I just use the mini chocolate chips because I think having the smaller eyes make them look cuter and less bug-eyed, but you can definitely skip them!
I used a lid to a spice jar that was about 2.5" in diameter but you can also use any circle cookie cutter or cut (I find that wine/champagne glasses are good sizes for mini sugar cookies like these). You could also use a pumpkin shaped cookies cutter if you have one on hand!
You can also use this face technique for other designs like ghosts or black cats! I'm also going to turn these into apple teacher cookies later in the year, as you could do the exact same thing with red frosting!