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. Love this idea. I’m always looking for creative baking ideas. I’ve made my dough and will be making 25 of these wonderful little pumpkins for my daughters class halloween party tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas, very inspiring!!

  2. I love that idea so much..Xmas and for easter egg cookies

  3. How did I miss this before? I was just reading your Caramel Apple Decorated Cookies post and saw this awesomeness at the bottom – floored! Pinned and sharing on Facebook tomorrow! Can you tell I L-O-V-E this idea????

    • Thanks so much Trish! This was one of those rare times when the idea I had in my mind actually turned out like I envisioned! =)

  4. These are sooooo cute!!! I love ’em. I want to make them all by myself although I’m not sure about bringing them to school… to shy for that hehe

  5. I just started making these tonight. So far so good. The biggest thing I noticed was that you’ll need a lot more of the orange coloring than the green. I used Chef Master gel colors in Leaf Green and Sunset Orange. I’m also letting my dough sit in the refrigerator overnight and will roll and bake tomorrow. I have a set of biscuit cutters from Macy’s that I bought.

  6. These are great I’m making them for the teachers but was wondering did you cut the centres before or after you cooked the cookie.

  7. Going to make these for the Trick-or-Treaters this year – what a great idea!! thanks

  8. Oh these are perfectly adorable!! May attempt to make these this year.

  9. This is such a WONDERFUL idea! Thank you 🙂
    I’d like to put one at each person’s plate setting for Thanksgiving dinner 🙂

    How soon in advance can you put them together with the royal icing?
    (I wouldn’t be filling them until right before the guests arrive.)

  10. Made 35 of these last night, with two recipes. They were 1/4 inch thick with similar sized cookie cutters. I probably had about 1/2 of a recipe left. Thank you! I also made 30 candy corn krispies!! (Had to wait until they said school was happening after the storm)

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