Irresistible Peanut Butter Jack O'Lantern

Irresistible Peanut Butter Jack O'Lantern

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"Delicious peanut butter cut-out cookies are decorated with frosting and chocolate drizzle for great Hallowe'en Jack O'Lanterns."
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1 h 55 m servings 190 cals
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Original recipe yields 36 servings



  • Calories:
  • 190 kcal
  • 9%
  • Fat:
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 24.9g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 2.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Sodium:
  • 130 mg
  • 5%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine brown sugar, peanut butter, shortening, milk and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat at medium speed until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Add to shortening mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended. Cover and refrigerate about 30 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into thirds. Roll out evenly to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a floured 2 1/2 to 3-inch pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into desired shape and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. TIP: To make without pumpkin cookie cutter: PINCH off walnut size pieces of dough. Shape into balls. Place 3-inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Flatten each ball with bottom of glass to approximately 3/8-inch thickness. Form into pumpkin shape, making indentation on top of round. Pinch off very small piece of dough and roll to form small stem. Attach to top of cookie. With a small sharp knife, score dough with vertical lines to resemble a pumpkin.
  5. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until cookies are set and just beginning to brown. Cool on baking sheet 2 minutes. Remove cookies to cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Remove about 1/4 cup vanilla frosting from container and set aside. Add several drops each of red and yellow food coloring to remaining frosting. Blend thoroughly to a bright orange color. Add one drop green food coloring to reserved 1/4 cup vanilla frosting; blend well.
  7. Frost all but the upper "stem" area of cooled cookies with orange frosting. Frost the upper "stem" area with green frosting.
  8. Place chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on MEDIUM (50% power) 1 minute. Stir. If necessary, microwave an additional 30 seconds at a time until mixture is smooth when stirred. Transfer chocolate mixture to a resealable food storage bag. Cut small tip off corner of bag. Pipe lines and faces over frosted cookies to resemble jack o'lanterns.


  • * 1/2 cup Crisco(R) Butter Shortening equals 1/2 stick Crisco(R) Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening Sticks


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I'm not sure why, but mine were definitely not cooked in the 7-8 minutes. I will have to adjust the cooking time in the future to maybe 10-12 minutes, and let them cool a little longer so that ...

Kept the cookie thickness at 1/8" instead of 1/4" and they were perfectly baked after 7 minutes. Great taste, but could have more of a peanut butter flavor -- resembles a sugar cookie with a hin...

Ehhh they were alright. I was only able to make 12 cookies with this recipe. When i tried to melt the chocolate and put it in the bag ....well it melted a hole in the bag so i had to put the cho...

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