Pumpkin Filled Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies

I'm looking for a recipe for Pumpkin Filled Jack-o'-Lantern Cookies. My mom got the recipe from either the Pittsburgh Press or Post Gazette some time in the mid-50's. She sometimes talks about them and since her memory isn't so great anymore her details are pretty sketchy. She does remember that they were good. :)


The outside of the cookie was kind of a rolled out sugar cookie with a jack-o-lantern face cut out. The filling was a pumpkin filling. She lost the recipe before I came along so I have to go by second hand descriptions. My older brothers and sisters remember it VERY fondly. I hope it rings a bell with someone. Thanks!

emgoodrich from Pittsburgh, PA

August 29, 20080 found this helpful

Try this site:


By the way, I'm originally from Mckees Rocks..down the "river" from Pittsburgh.

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August 29, 20080 found this helpful

Wow! That went right to what she needed! I just love this site!

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August 30, 20080 found this helpful

In the recipe, it states to use "cane juice" which is organic powdered sugar, they say. Can you use regular powdered sugar, does anyone know? I don't have access to anything organic where I live.

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August 31, 20080 found this helpful

* Exported from MasterCook *

Pumpkin Face Cookies

Recipe By :Anna Draper

Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00

Categories : Cookies, Bars & Squares Holidays

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method

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3/4 cup shortening

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup light molasses

1 cup quick oats

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon soda

--Pumpkin Filling--

1/2 cup pumpkin

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Mix as usual, cover and chill.


Combine all ingredients and cook until bubbly. Let cool. Roll dough

1/8-inch thick. Cut in circles. "I use a biscuit cutter." With 1/2

the circles, make a pumpkin face of your choice. Place a spoonful of

filling in the center of remaining 1/2 plain circles. Top with a face

circle and seal edges. Bake at 375° F. for 12 minutes.

Posted by Jamie Rahm on clipping-cooking


"Gloucester-Mathews Gazette Journal"

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NOTES : Runner-up recipe

Anna Draper


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October 5, 20080 found this helpful

Hi folks! Thanks for the responses. I've been away from the computer for a while so I'm sorry I didn't respond faster. My sister and I will try the recipes hopefully this week. Since it is now October, it will be the perfect time!

Hey Bugsley! Too bad you weren't home in the 'Burgh this weekend. They were celebrating Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary. They had a 30 minute fireworks display that was pretty great. You know we shoot off fireworks every other weekend here. :) They shot them from 5 locations on the rivers and from 3 buildings and a bridge or two. It was really something!

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November 7, 20080 found this helpful

Hi all! We tried the pumpkin face cookies and they were fantastic. Thanks for bringing back a little bit of childhood to my siblings. I've heard about this cookie a lot over the years and finally got to find out what all the fuss was about. We made two batches and everyone was thrilled! We'll probably make them around Thanksgiving too! Thanks again!

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