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. so many colors. My child will love it

  2. The colors are so vibrant and your photography is fantastic! Thx for sharing colorful painted pumpkin cookies recipe, I definitely add it to my cookbook!

  3. 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!

  4. 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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