Pinky Ghost and the Virtual Pumpkin Party

What’s up pumpkin partiers! For this post, I’ve joined a Virtual Pumpkin Party with a bunch of brilliant blogger friends from around the country hosted by the fabulous Cake Over Steak Blog. I wasn’t feeling orange for these sugar cookies, so instead I modeled my sweet ghosts after one of the most famous ghosts of all time: Pinky from the original Pac Man! So join the party and check out my easy Pink Halloween Sugar Cookie recipe, and make sure to click through to view all the special spooky treats for this pumpkin fiesta.  #VirtualPumpkinParty

Am I dating myself by referencing a pixelated image from the 80’s? Well, I was inspired by both Pinky of Pac Man fame, but also the much more relevant and creative Hello! Lucky.  I love their sisterhood concept and their fabulous energy of spreading joy, fun, and kindness through design and letterpress.  Go ladies!  Keep inspiring.  I can pretty much turn their entire collection into a sweet cookie.  Stay tuned!


I used my all time favorite Perfect Sugar Cookie recipe for these little ghosts, lightning bolts, and skulls.  Prepping is the key to making these cookies fun and styled with your own personal flare.  Piping bags, favorite gel colorings, brushes, sanding sugars, and toothpicks are always on hand for me for smooth decorating.

There are so many ways to decorate with this pink ghoul theme, and most of the fun is just being creative and see what flows.  But, here are some ideas…. Once the cookies have cooled, use the white royal icing to flood the cookie with a ghost. Let it dry to the touch and then add the outer layer of flooding.

Immediately, sprinkle the wet outer layer with black glitter sugar.  Let this dry.  Next, I used these sweet sticks to brush off the inside ghost layer so it is perfectly clear of any black glitter.  These Sweet Sticks are awesome not only for this dry brush technique, but for any type of edible art decorating.

I finished off these adorable cookies with some black royal icing from Americolor called Super Black.  You really need very little to transform your versatile white icing to be creepy and super black!

I used a variety of cookie cutters too; the skull and crossbones are a fun addition, and the lightening bolts are reminiscent of the 80’s.
When ready to scare your guests and delight them with some yummy treats, use this fun party wear theme by Day Dream Society.  Pretty much spooky radness.

Looking for more spooky radness, plug away on your instagram with the hashtag #virtualpumpkinparty and visit Virtual Pumpkin Party for some brilliant party ideas.


Pink Halloween Sugar Cookies

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Pink Halloween Sugar Cookies

By TheSweetNerd  

October 14, 2019



3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

Royal Icing

2 pounds confectioners sugar

5 Tablespoons meringue powder

2-3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 to 3/4 cups warm water



1Dries: Whisk flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

2Base: In a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Next, add eggs, vanilla and optional flavorings of citrus zest or spices (ie: cardamom).

3Gradually, add dries to base just until incorporated. Chill in refrigerator up to one hour. Roll on lightly floured surface. Cut shapes.

4Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes or until edges are slightly browned.

5Note: When you cut into a shape, chill in freezer to set. Then, transfer directly to hot oven.

Royal Icing

1Add vanilla flavoring into 1/2 cup water and set aside until step 3.

2In the mixer (paddle attachment), gently mix confectioners sugar and meringue powder on low.

3Add 1/2 cup flavored water and mix on low until it is thick and lumpy.

4Now drizzle the remaining water as needed until it becomes a thick like honey consistency.

5At this point, turn mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or so until icing is thick and fluffy. Stop when it forms a soft peak.


1Once the cookies are cooled, use the royal icing to flood the cookie. Once that icing dries, add outline of cookie and shake sprinkles on top of royal icing outline.



  • 5 years ago

    I have three girls that are all about pink and they would gobble up these pretty cookies so fast. I totally got the Pac Man reference as soon as I saw these. Good job!

  • 5 years ago

    Ohhh I loved Pinky! Such a fun idea! Not sure mine would come out looking as good but I’m loving these. 🙂

  • Annemarie
    5 years ago

    These cookies are so pretty! My kids would love them.

  • 5 years ago

    I love that you made pink cookies for Halloween! As someone who loved playing Pac Man, I especially love these!

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