Colorful Painted Pumpkin Cookies

This year, as I’ve been gathering ideas for fall decorating and crafts, I keep coming across pretty painted pumpkin (including these and these) that are a fresh and fun take on traditional Jack-O-Lanterns.

My daughters and I recently painted a few pumpkins for our front porch, and I thought the same fun colors and inspiration could be used on cookies as well.  Fall cookie decorating can sometimes feel limited to oranges, yellows, and browns, so it was fun to mix up bright, non-traditional colors.  I included the ever so popular chevron pattern, stripes, and polka-dots, and had fun mixing the colors and patterns.

Want to make your own colorful pumpkin cookies?

You’ll need a batch of cookies made with my Sugar Cookie Recipe (or your favorite).

Then, prepare a batch of Royal Icing.

For the chevron pattern (shown below), I made a template with cardstock, and traced the pattern onto cookies using a food coloring pen.

The only other tip to consider, is for cookies with stripes of various colors… outline and fill every other space, and allow that to set up a bit (about 1 hour) before adding the adjoining color.  This will add a bit of dimension to the cookies, as well as help prevent the colors from bleeding together.

Have fun mixing colors and patterns to create a playful set!

Now, if these wild pumpkins are quite your style…. my friend Callye of Sweet Sugar Belle has compiled a collection of over 20 different ideas, all using a pumpkin cookie cutter!  Each one is made by a different baker, and the full collection is bound to get your creative juices flowing!

Here is the amazing collection of ideas…

Here are links to each of the fun projects shown above…

1.      Panda Calaveras, Miss Cuit

2.      Owl S’mores on a Stick, Kitchen Fun with my Three Sons

3.      Pumpkin Cheesecake Pasties, Bakingdom

4.      Halloween Pumpkin Wall, Arty McGoo

5.      Cocoa Krispies Trick or Treat Bears, Hungry Happenings

6.      Creative Cherry Cookies, Lila Loa

7.      The Ultimate Halloween Candy Bar, Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

8.      Halloween Pumpkin Carriage Cookie, Trilogy Edibles

9.      Easy Cheveron Pumpkin Cookies, Lizy B Bakes

10.  Pumpkin Fudge on a Stick, The Decorated Cookie

11.  Funny Face Pumpkin Cookies, Munchkin Munchies

12.  Woodland Owl Cookies, The Bearfoot Baker

13.  Pumpkin Cheesecake Hand Pies, Created by Diane

14.  Wide Eyed Owl Cookies, Simply Sweets by Honeybee

15.  Zombie Girl and Brains Cookies, Not Your Momma’s Cookies

16.  Cookie Cutter Pumpkin Fudge, The Partiologist

17.  3-D Pumpkin Cookie, Cookie Crazie

18.  Faberge-Style Pumpkin Coach, Oh, Sugar Events

19.  Peek-a-Boo Pumpkin Cupcake Topper, Sweetology 101

20.  Slimy Green Ghost Cookies, Pink Little Cake

21.  Silly Pumpkin Face Cookies, Klickitat Street

22.  Pretty Painted Pumpkin Cookies, Glorious Treats (you’re already here!)

23.  Lalaloopsie Cookies with a Twist, SweetSugarBelle

Happy fall baking!


  1. These are so cute!!! I love your pumpkins!!

  2. Aww they all look so pretty! Will have to check the others out too 😀

  3. Gorgeous colors! So whimsical and lovely :)

  4. What unique and cute pumpkin cookies. I enjoyed doing this pumpkin cookie project with you. :)

  5. The chevron striped and rainbow pumpkins are my favorite! Fun, different, but still in the Halloween spirit!

  6. love the chevron cookie!! love! love! love!

  7. Hi! These cookies are amazing! Do you have a shop or are you available to sell cookies? Thank you!

  8. Wow. Stunning. The colors make me so happy and completely pop off the page!! I can’t believe I was asked to be included on this incredible collection – what talent abounds!!!

  9. Wow Glory, these are awesome. I love the bright colours and the chevrons. They are perfect!

  10. Glory! Those are so much fun! Love the non traditional colors and fun patterns!

  11. Glory, Your pumpkins are SO pretty! True eye candy, that’s for sure! I adore the pastels and the polka dots…CUTE!

  12. I’m seeing lots of different coloured painted pumpkins around here and I love them. I love your bright and happy coloured pumpkin cookies too.

  13. Very cute! Love the spin on a classic.

  14. These cookies just make me smile. Your use of color is fantastic. Great job! So glad to be a part of this project with you.

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  16. Oh my!! These are SO FUN and bright!! They make me happy! I love the colors you used and the fantastic patterns!!!

  17. LOVE this idea to brighten up Halloween! Bring on the color.. genius

  18. So many cute ideas- I really love the chevron pumpkins!

  19. These are just wonderful! The colors, the designs, amazing work and so fun.

  20. OMG, Love it, love it, love it !!! Those are the cutest things ever !! You have such a creative mind, I am so envious !! I am going to try those this year for sure. Thanks for inspiring me !!

  21. Hooray!!! Non-scary Halloween cookies. These are so festive & fun!

  22. Beautiful pumpkin treats! Looks like something you’d get from a chic bakery! I love ’em

  23. I just slapped my own head. I’ve tried this chevron pattern. I’ve tried so many silly ways to try to get the darn stripes and points even. Duh! A template with just the points. I even tried to make a zigzag stripe thingy. Oh my gosh.

    Thank you for this….my crooked chevrons thank you too 😉

  24. I just wanted to look at the pastel Christmas cookies recipe, and clicked where it said to, but no luck.

    • So sorry for the frustration. Depending on your computer, there can be issues with some of the older links. Here is the direct link to the pastel Christmas cookies (as featured in the Vintage pastel Christmas party), I hope this is what you were looking for.
      In the future, you can also use the links at the top of my site labled “Recipe Index”, “Cookie decorating”, etc to find what you’re looking for.
      Happy decorating!

  25. Crazy colorful! Love it. Adding your button to my blog.

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  27. I love love love how happy these are!!!

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  29. Brilliant as always, Glory!

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  43. Would you be willing to make a Video of This cookie and the decorations on it? it would be amazing if you did!!!!

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  46. This colorful painted pumpkin cookies recipe so extravagant:) My kids would love it! Thanks for sharing! I’m afraid I will not find the ingredients for this recipe!

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