3-D Pumpkin Cookies (with a surprise inside)

Several months ago, I was chatting with a cookie friend (hi Trinette!) and we were talking about inspiring cookies we had seen recently.  THESE creative pinata cookies came up.  As we continued chatting, our conversation shifted to cookie designs we might like to try for the coming seasons (Fall and Christmas).  Suddenly… an idea hit me!  I blurted out my idea excitedly and my friend laughed to think that might be the way I react any time I get a fun idea  =)

My fun (and oh so exciting!) idea was to take inspiration from the Pinata Cookies by Project Denneler (as featured on She Knows), along with inspiration from some adorable 3D cupcake cookies by Sweet Sugar Belle, mash them together… add a twist for fall, and ta-da… 3D Pumpkin Cookies!

Aren’t they cute?

Of course the extra fun feature is not just the 3D shape, but the little treasure inside!

Want to make some?

To start, you’ll need a batch of sugar cookie dough using my Sugar Cookie Recipe.

After you’ve mixed up the dough, grab a small ball (about a baseball sized) amount of dough and kneed green food coloring into the dough (I used Americolor mint green and leaf green).  Once the green color is fully worked into the dough, put the dough in a plastic bag and place in the refrigerator (about 30 minutes).  With the remaining dough, add orange food coloring (I used Americolor orange and electric orange), and kneed the coloring into the dough until desired color is achieved.  Place orange dough in a plastic bag and refrigerate (about 30 minutes).  When the dough has chilled, baked according to recipe directions (using the cutter sizes listed below).

As you’ll notice in the finished photos, I made a few pumpkins using scalloped circle cutters, and a few pumpkins using regular circle cutters.  Feel free to use either shape you prefer, or the cutters you have on hand.  For the scalloped circles I used THIS SET (from Karen’s Cookies) (this set is double use, and will cut plain round circles also).

For each 3D pumpkin you’ll need…

(2) Orange scalloped circle cookies 1 7/8″ diameter

(2) Orange scalloped circle cookies 2 1/4″ diameter with a 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ circle cutout.

(1) Green scalloped circle 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″ diameter, with a hole cutout in the center using a straw.

(1) Green stem, made from rolling a small amount of green dough into a “snake”, and cutting it into pieces about 3/4″ long, then bake.

Note- Feel free to adjust the sizes a bit based on the cutters you have, or the finished size you desire.

When your cookies are baked, and you’re ready to assemble, prepare a batch of royal icing using my Royal Icing Recipe.

Time to assemble the pumpkins….

(Step 2)  Start with one of the solid circles and one cutout circle.  Add a line of royal icing onto the solid circle, then place cookie “ring” on top.

(Step 3)  Add a line of royal icing onto the first cookie “ring” (which you just attached to a base in step 2).  Add the second cookie “ring”.

(Step 4)  The base of your pumpkin is complete.

(Step 5)  Assemble the pumpkin top by first attaching the small green stem to the green circle (using a bit of royal icing).  Then add a line of royal icing onto the bottom of the green circle (as shown), and place the green circle on top of a solid orange circle.

(Step 6)  Allow the pumpkin top (left) and pumpkin base (right) to dry fully (at least 1-2 hours).   Fill pumpkin cavity with small candy (I used mini M&Ms), place top, and share with family and friends!

These cute 3D Pumpkin Treasure Cookies would make great party favors, or special treats for a Fall or Halloween party.

Happy treat making!

I’ve linked up this post to Tidy Mom’s- I’m lovin’ It post.


  1. How many pumpkin-boxes does this recipe make?

    • Hi Amy,
      Depending on how big the circle cutters you use are, and how thick you roll the dough, you should be able to make at least 4 completed pumpkin “boxes” per batch of dough.
      Happy baking!

  2. These look wonderful. Could you please give me some ideas on how to pack them.

  3. Would like to order 2 I could not find a price nor find where to order please tell me or is there a #I should call?

  4. I am going to try to turn them into Soccer balls. Hummm….

    • OOh, that would be amazing! In fact my daughter’s team has their end of year party next week… wondering if I could pull that off?

  5. I made these for Halloween for my Grandchildren! They were easy and loved by all!

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