Girly Zombie Cookies with a Pumpkin Cutter

by Jennifer on September 24, 2012

in Fall Desserts, Halloween Desserts, Sugar Cookies

Getting an email from Sugarbelle inviting you to participate in a blog project with many of your blogging idols kind of feels like being asked to sit with the Plastics at lunch…

Except everyone is super supportive, talented, and sweet…so nothing like the Plastics, but you know what I mean. I’m so honored to be a part of this project with so many uber-creative ladies, women that I’m inspired by every day!

We all had to start with a simple pumpkin cutter and go from there. Can I just say that creative cookie cutter usage is not my forte? I thought, “Oh crap, what can I make out of a bulbous blob? Gotta think of something good. Can’t mess this one up. No pressure or anything, JUST ALL OF YOUR BLOGGING IDOLS THAT YOU’VE LOVED FOREVER WILL BE JUDGING YOU. Really, no pressure.” Once the rational part of my brain kicked in, I finally got to work.

It all started with a brain…

My husband loves zombies. He started loving them way before it was all cool and mainstream.

He forces me to watch any and all zombie related movies, from Night of the Living Dead to 28 Days Later.

He has this wonderful t-shirt that I assure you is not just a lounge-at-home, never-see-the-light-of-day-shirt, but one that he actually wears in public…

For his 30th birthday, I surprised him with a zombie birthday party:

And, a brain cake to boot:

So, when I started brainstorming with my available pumpkin cutters, I thought…

This one kind of looks like a brain!

But, you can’t have brains without zombies, so I used another pumpkin cutter…

…to make zombie girl silhouettes with Halloween colored bows and gaping, moaning mouths. Oh, and green eyelashes too!

I’ll be showing you how to make the zombie girls today – I’ll save the brain cookies for my next post to avoid tutorial overload!

Zombie Girl Silhouette Cookies



    • Pumpkin shaped cookies (the cutter I used works really well, since the stem makes a nice neck)
    • Purple and orange 20 second icing (or whatever color you want the bows to be!)
    • Green icing, outline and flood (I mixed together AmeriColor leaf green, electric green, and a tiny bit of black)
    • Black food writer
    • Sheet protector
    • Couplers, pastry bags, and #2 tips

1. Start by making the bows. I chose to make them ahead of time as royal icing transfers, but you can also pipe them directly onto the cookie if you prefer. If you need a bow template, find a piece of clipart that you like online and print several copies onto one sheet of paper, like this:

Slide the paper into the sheet protector. The sheet protector will hold the paper in place while you’re working. Grease the sheet protector with a little bit of shortening.

2. Using your 20 second icing, use a #2 tip to pipe a nice dot in the middle of your bow – don’t outline and flood, just apply pressure in the middle of the bow until a nice dot forms. 20 second icing will allow you to make a pretty, 3D dot that will not settle, but will be smooth. I love me some 20 second icing!

3. Allow the center dots to dry for about 1 hour, then come back and, using the same technique, create the rest of the bow.

You should let the transfers dry for several hours, preferable overnight, before removing them.

4. Outline the zombie girl silhouette with a #2 tip with green icing.

I sketched this design and then used a projector, but it would have been super easy to cut out the design onto a piece of thin cardboard and trace it directly onto the cookie with a food writer.

5. Flood with green icing. Immediately add a royal icing transfer bow, press down slightly.

6. Once the icing has dried, use a black food writer to create a couple stitches to add a little bit of interest.

Stay tuned for the braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain cookie tutorial coming up next!

In the meantime, please check out every one of these amazing creations!

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

23. Lalaloopsie Cookies with a Twist, SweetSugarBelle

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 CookieCraziePam September 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

ooooooo……so spooky. :) It was fun doing this pumpkin cookie project with you. ♥


2 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

Thanks so much, Pam! It was an honor to participate with you :) I can’t wait to see your tutorial – that 3D pumpkin is so awesome!


3 The BearFoot Baker September 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

Zombies and brains! I love the way you made a girl and a brain out of a pumpkin!! Awesome!! You are so talented and BTW, that brain cake is seriously creepy in a good way! I bet your hubby was thrilled!!!


4 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 10:20 am

Thanks so much, Lisa!! The brain cake was an interesting challenge – I’m not definitely not as good with fondant, so it probably took me much longer than it should have, but it was fun to make! My husband has been drooling over these zombie girls and brains cookies, but he knows that he is not allowed to eat any cookies that haven’t been on the blog yet! He has inadvertently eaten cookies yet to be photographed, and it was a rough day for everyone ;)


5 Mike September 24, 2012 at 11:05 am

I love all the pumpkin cutter ideas. But these zombies are awesome and you did an awesome job! I’m inspired to do something zombie related now. :) I can’t wait to see your brain tutorial.


6 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

Thanks so much, Mike! I’m glad you like them :)


7 Michelle @ MakeMeCake.Me September 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

Love ‘em!! They’ve got that great NoYoMoCo spin to them with the zombie style! :) Really well done and that brain cake is surreal!!


8 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

Thank you, Michelle! My cookies ended up being the “weird” ones of the bunch…but I wouldn’t have it any other way :)


9 Kathia September 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

Your cookies came out great! I would have never thought of doing something like zombies and brains on cookies using a pumpkin cutter. You are so creative.
As a cake decorator, that brain cake is perfectly well done…and creepy in a good way. Did you make it?
I am so glad I was part of this project with you. Have a great week.


10 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Thanks so much, Kathia! I’m glad you liked them :)

I did make the cake! It took me quite a long time, but I was pretty happy with it :) I’m definitely not a master of fondant – I’m much more comfortable with cookies!


11 trish September 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

these are incredible!!! I can’t get over the detail, you are such a great artist! How amazing for me to be included with rock stars like you.


12 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Trish, you are TOO sweet! I’m so glad you like my cookies :) Your pumpkin cupcakes were super adorable!


13 Sarah @ Klickitat Street September 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Hehe, I love that you put bows on the brains too!


14 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Thanks, Sarah! They needed a girly touch too :)


15 Sue {munchkin munchies} September 24, 2012 at 1:51 pm

You really got creative with the pumpkin cutter! You did a great job, and I love the added bows:)


16 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Aww, thanks so much, Sue! I’m still in awe of your fabulous skeleton cookies – I really loved those!! :)


17 Karen @ Trilogy Edibles September 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

LOVED that movie! I know exactly how you feel. You zombies are awesome! great idea


18 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Thanks, Karen! I try to throw in a pop culture reference when I can :) Your pumpkin carriage was awesome!!


19 Melissa {Simply Sweets by Honeybee} September 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm

These are so creative. Nicely done! Glad to be a part of this project with you.


20 Jennifer September 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thanks so much, Melissa! I loved your owls – using the mustache cutter was genius :)


21 Lilaloa September 25, 2012 at 2:10 am

Goodness…I hope no one is judging me now. These are SO creative!! I can honestly say, I would never in a hundred years have seen either of those designs in a pumpkin cutter! NICE JOB!!


22 Jennifer September 25, 2012 at 7:54 am

Thank you so much, Georganne! I think there is just too much zombie-ness in the house so it has affected my “cookie think.” :)

I love your sweet cherry cookies!


23 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings September 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

what cool cookies!!!


24 Jennifer September 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

Thank you!! :)


25 meaghan (the decorated cookie) September 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

Zombies are the bestest ever! (Not in a run-into kind of way though.) These are so genius, love ‘em!!!!


26 Jennifer September 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

I’m so glad you like them, Meaghan!! Don’t tell my husband, but I think zombies are pretty cool too :)


27 Carrie's Creations September 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Love the green ladies!! And the bows are just the perfect touch.

The brains. WOW you are awesome. Can’t wait to see how you made em’!


28 Jennifer September 25, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Thanks so much, Carrie!! My husband liked the brains the most :)


29 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies September 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I can’t wait to see the brain cookie tutorial! What an awesome idea!!


30 Jennifer September 27, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Thanks, Jen! I just posted the brain cookies tutorial, if you want to take a look :)


31 Glory/ Glorious Treats September 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

So cool and creative!! Great use for the cutter!


32 Jennifer October 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

Thanks so much, Glory! It means so much coming from you :)


33 m October 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Love the cookies! The zombie and brain are so creative!


34 Jennifer October 2, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thank you! :)


35 The Cocktail Lady October 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I never knew there were so many ways to use a pumpkin cutter! These are great and what a fun party you had!! Cheers!


36 Jennifer October 8, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Thank you! It was so fun to see what everyone else made – such amazing creativity!


37 Asmita August 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

The brain cake looks so real and creepy. Perfect for halloween!


38 Jennifer August 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I loved making that cake! So much fun :)


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