Jack Skellington Pinwheel Cookies: Halloween Recipe

by Heather
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Today, we are celebrating Spooky Season with our Jack Skellington Pinwheel Cookies. Before we get to the recipe, I think it is important to celebrate “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and all that it has brought to our lives through the Halloween season!

10 Important Life Lessons from The Nightmare Before Christmas

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is more than just a delightful holiday-themed movie; it’s a treasure trove of valuable life lessons. Tim Burton’s enchanting tale of Jack Skellington’s journey from Halloween Town to Christmastown offers insights that can resonate with people of all ages. In this blog post, we’ll explore 10 important life lessons that we can learn from this beloved film.

1. Embrace Change: Jack Skellington’s desire for something different led him to discover a new world. The lesson here is that change can be a catalyst for personal growth and adventure.

2. Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: Despite his creepy appearance, Jack had a heart of gold. The movie reminds us not to judge people solely based on their looks or differences.

3. Passion Can Drive Success: Jack’s passion for Christmas drove him to excel in the role of Sandy Claws. It teaches us that following our passions can lead to success and fulfillment.

Sally and Jack

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4. Communication is Key: Misunderstandings and chaos ensued in Christmastown when Jack didn’t communicate his plans. This emphasizes the importance of clear communication in relationships and leadership.

5. Be Grateful for What You Have: Jack’s longing for something more made him appreciate the uniqueness of Halloween. The lesson is to be grateful for what we have, even if we’re seeking something different.

6. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Jack’s friends rallied behind him when he needed them most. The film underscores the power of teamwork and collaboration in achieving goals.

7. Creativity Knows No Boundaries: Halloween Town’s residents let their creativity shine. The lesson is that creativity has no limits and can lead to incredible innovation.

Oogie Boogie

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8. Face Your Fears: Jack confronts Oogie Boogie and his own fears. The message is clear: facing our fears is essential for personal growth and overcoming challenges.

9. Don’t Let Success Define You: Jack realized that being the Pumpkin King didn’t define him. This teaches us not to let titles or external factors define our self-worth.

10. Love Conquers All: Sally’s love for Jack and Jack’s love for Sally play a central role. The film beautifully portrays the idea that love can overcome obstacles and unite people.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is more than just a holiday-themed movie; it’s a timeless story filled with valuable life lessons. From embracing change and following one’s passion to the importance of teamwork and clear communication, the film offers insights that can resonate with viewers of all ages. So, as you enjoy this classic tale year after year, remember the valuable lessons it imparts, and let them guide you in your own journey through life.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

25 famous quotes from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” that continue to resonate with fans of all ages.

  1. Jack Skellington: “Just because I cannot see it, doesn’t mean I can’t believe it.”
  2. Sally: “I sense there’s something in the wind, that feels like tragedy’s at hand.”
  3. Oogie Boogie: “Well, well, well, what have we here?”
  4. Lock, Shock, and Barrel: “Kidnap the Sandy Claws, beat him with a stick.”
  5. Dr. Finkelstein: “Curiosity killed the cat, you know.”
  6. Mayor of Halloween Town: “I’m only an elected official here; I can’t make decisions by myself!”
  7. Zero: Bark (Zero doesn’t talk but is incredibly expressive).
  8. Santa Claus: “Ho, ho, ho, and a bottle of… (Santa gets interrupted).”
  9. Jack Skellington: “And sit together, now and forever. For it is plain as anyone can see, we’re simply meant to be.”
  10. Oogie Boogie: “You’re jokin’, you’re jokin’, I can’t believe my ears!”
  11. Lock: “First, we’re going to set some bait inside a nasty trap and wait.”
  12. Shock: “When he comes a-sniffin’, we will snap the trap and close the gate.”
  13. Barrel: “Wait! I’ve got a better plan to catch this big red lobster man.”
  14. Dr. Finkelstein: “I made you with my own hands.”
  15. Mayor of Halloween Town: “We’ve got to find Jack; there’s only 365 days left until next Halloween!”
  16. Santa Claus: “My, what a brilliant nose you have. The better to light my way.”
  17. The Clown with the Tear-Away Face: “I am the clown with the tear-away face.”
  18. The Corpse Kid: “Nice work, bone daddy.”
  19. The Devil: “You can’t make me! You can’t make me!”
  20. Sally: “Oh, Jack, please, I’m only an elected official here. I can’t make decisions by myself!”
  21. Behemoth: Grunts and growls (Behemoth doesn’t speak but expresses himself through actions).
  22. The Vampire Brothers: “Let’s try to avoid any further complications.”
  23. The Harlequin Demon: “I’m afraid I’ve made other plans.”
  24. The Witches: “And all our stupid neighbors will be envious when they find out Jack is here.”
  25. The Cyclops: “I’ve never had someone so naughty sitting on my lap.”

In celebration of everything “The Nightmare Before Christmas, we are excited to share a new Spooky Season, Halloween cookie recipe with you!


Jack Skellington Pinwheel Cookies


  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Food Coloring (recommended gel)

Jack Skellington Cookies in Progress

How beautiful are those Jack Skellington pinwheels?

Before we get to the full recipe details, be sure to check out our Ghosts in the Graveyard, Poison Apple Jell-O Shots, Keto Pumpkin Chaffles, Pumpkin Dip, and Werewolf Pretzel Squares.

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Jack Skellington Pinwheel Cookies

Jack Skellington Pinwheel Cookies

Serves: 24 cookies Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


1 cup butter room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
3 cups all-purpose flour
Black Gel Food Coloring


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer cream together butter and sugar.
  • Add in eggs and vanilla and continue mixing until well incorporated
  • In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture a little at a time mixing between additions, until all of the flour is incorporated.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and divide it in half.
  • Set the white dough aside.
  • Add about ¼ tsp black gel food coloring to one half and knead until the color is evenly distributed.
  • Place black dough on a piece of parchment or wax paper and roll out into an approximately 9×15 rectangle. Place on a baking sheet and set aside.
  • Repeat with the white dough rolling it out on parchment or wax paper.
  • Keeping the white dough on the parchment place it on top of the black dough and place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove dough from the refrigerator. Carefully remove the white dough from the parchment paper and lay it on top of the black dough lining up the edges as best as possible.
  • Using a sharp knife trim the edges of the dough to make a rectangle.
  • Starting with the shorter end of the rectangle carefully roll up the dough you can use the parchment paper to help. Put gentle pressure on the dough as you roll it so that it sticks together nicely.
  • Wrap the rolled dough in parchment or wax paper and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • When ready to bake-Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Unwrap dough and place on a cutting board.
  • Using unflavored dental floss OR a sharp knife, slice dough into ¼ inch slices and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes before removing from baking sheet to a metal cooling rack.
  • Store in an airtight container.


If your dough is warm after mixing: Roll the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and allow it to set for approximately 15-20 minutes.

For extra crunch and added sweetness, sprinkle course sugar on top of each cookie when there is about 1 minute left in the baking process.

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Terri Quick September 22, 2023 - 5:14 pm
So cool
Heather September 23, 2023 - 12:21 pm
I'm so excited with how they turned out. I hope they made you smile!
Lauryn R September 26, 2023 - 5:19 pm
I love The Nightmare Before Christmas! These cookies look really cool! I am definitely going to try and make some. Thank you so much for sharing!
Toria S. October 2, 2023 - 3:12 am
These cookies are adorable!
Toria S. October 2, 2023 - 3:12 am
These cookies are so cute!

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