Are you ready for the trick-or-treaters to come knocking at your door tomorrow night? Are you fortified with plenty of goodies for the little angels, goblins and super heroes?

I don’t know about you but Halloween brings back childhood memories. My three brothers and I lived in a small neighborhood with only 11 homes which translated into a huge haul of candy on Halloween night. The Moms would simply count the number of kids which never numbered more than 15, with no worry of running out of treats. Most neighbors gave large candy bars and the Harvey’s would give out three candy bars. It was chocolate heaven for me! My Mom would make up decorated bags stuffed with candy bars and Hershey Kisses. Mrs. Fritchman would hand out her homemade popcorn balls wrapped in colorful cellophane and ribbon. As I think back, how nice it was of her to make these special treats. Although, for me it fell short because it wasn’t chocolate! Tell me about your Halloween memories.

For those who love bling, I added some sparkle to this cookie. 

Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Light Orange with AmeriColor Orange, Wilton Ivory and Wilton Gold
Royal Icing for detail tinted Brown with AmeriColor Super Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Wilton Decorating Leaf Tip #67
Meringue Powder
CK White & Silver Sanding Sugar
Gold Luster Dust

Outline and pipe sections of pumpkin with #2 tip in orange icing.

Fill two sections of pumpkin with orange icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Fill three remaining sections with orange icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Pipe stem in brown icing.

Pipe leaves in brown icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp. Meringue Powder and Tsp. Water. Stir until smooth. 
Using a paintbrush apply to pumpkin.

Sprinkle with white or silver sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.

Using a paintbrush apply gold luster dust to leaves and stem.





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  1. Antique pumpkins! Very creative and cute.

    1. Paula, Thank you! I think the luster dust gives the cookies an antique look. Thanks for stopping by the Clinic.

  2. Wow, these are so nice and I love those gold leaves. I have never used luster dust because I'm intimidated by it but I have no idea why. When you used it to do the leaves, the paintbrush should just be damp? Also, do you put the brush right into the little jar of dust? I ask because I'm wondering if the moisture will make it "clump" up in the jar. Is it better to take some from the jar to use first?

    1. Colleen, Thank you! I used a dry paintbrush to apply the luster dust to the leaves. This is the easiest way to get comfortable using luster dust. In next month's post, I use a different method by adding a few drops of vodka (with an eye dropper) to create a paint-like consistency. This is a little tricky because too much liquid can eat through the royal icing. I had that happen the first time I tried this method. Ugh!

  3. I am in love with these! They would be awesome favors for a Thanksgiving dinner! LOVE them and pinning now!

    1. Lisa, a/k/a Bearfoot Baker, Thank you! It means a lot coming from such a cookie decorating expert! Thanks for pinning and for taking the time to comment. Happy Halloween!

  4. I remember wearing these store bought costumes with a plastic mask that had a small elastic band that wrapped around the back of your head. Only...your face would get so warm with your own breath...that the masks would be off in 10 minutes. But our neighbors gave us candy anyway! These are beautiful cookies, Joan! I love the antique look of them. You really do have such a beautiful flair with decorating!

    1. Anne, Thank you! I also remember the plastic Halloween masks. The elastic band would break long before the night of trick-or-treating was over.

  5. I love the step by step tutorial! These will be perfect to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. :) Gorgeous!

    1. Tina, Thank you and I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful. You have some wonderful looking recipes on your blog.

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