Moms-to-be that love The Nightmare Before Christmas are going to love these Nightmare Before Christmas baby shower cookies! These beginner-friendly cookies are perfect for a fall baby shower or Halloween baby shower and are just so cute. I wanted to keep these super simple, with just a few Wilton tips and icing colors so that the host has time to decorate for such a fun party theme. Keep reading for the full tutorial for these Nightmare Before Christmas sugar cookies!
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Part 1: Gathering your Supplies
To create these Nightmare Before Christmas baby shower cookies, you will want to gather:
- 3 Icing bags
- 2 Wilton #3 tips
- 1 Wilton #2 tip
- 1 Wilton #1 tip
- Stroller cookie cutter – I used this set ANPOPO Baby Shower Cookie Cutter Set for both the stroller & the onesie
- Onesie cookie cutter
- Circle cookie cutter – I used the middle sized circle in this set: Wilton 101 Cookie Cutter Set I totally recommend buying these cookie cutters as they contain staple shapes!
- White (undyed), black, and purple buttercream frosting*
- Your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe
- Pointed knife
- Scissors to set up your icing bags
*Your buttercream frosting should, ideally, be a frosting that “crusts.” I use the Jenny Cookies recipe that you can find on her blog here: Jenny Cookies Buttercream Frosting. I prefer to use the Wilton gel food dye since gel is more vibrant (i.e. more cost effective because you use less) than liquid and doesn’t change the consistency of your frosting. You can get that here: Wilton Gel Coloring 12 Count.
You may be asking, “Where do I purchase all of these Wilton tips?” I recommend going to your local craft or bakery supply store and picking them up individually. If you prefer an online route, you can order them from Amazon, but Wilton.com is always cheaper when I’ve looked. If you don’t want to (or can’t) purchase this amount of each tip, you can also rinse each tip out between icing color changes and attach the tip using a coupler. Just make sure every icing bag has a coupler on it and you will be set to go. Purchasing a set of couplers is pretty affordable on Amazon: 4 Count Wilton Coupler Set.
Part 2: Baking the Cookies and Setting up Your Icing Bags
- Roll, cut out, and bake your sugar cookies according to your cookie dough recipe. You can probably make 3-4 of each design from these Nightmare Before Christmas baby shower cookies with your cookie dough.
- Set up your icing bags as follows: place your black icing into a bag with a tip #2 attached. Place your purple icing into a bag with a tip #3 attached. Finally, place your white frosting into a bag with a coupler, attaching a tip #3 to it first. If you aren’t sure how to do this, no worries, just hop over to my Getting Started: Learn How to Decorate Buttercream Cookies page.
Part 3: Decorating Your Nightmare Before Christmas Baby Shower Cookies
I. Jack Skellington Cookies
- To create the famous Jack Skellington cookies, you will want to outline and fill in the shape of the eyes and nose onto your cookie. Then, draw a circle along the outer edge of the cookie. If you mess up, you can either move the frosting with your knife or pick up all of the frosting with your knife to “erase” it and start over again.
- Grab your white frosting, with tip #3 attached, and fill in all of the negative space for Jack’s face.
- Go back to your black icing and draw Jack’s smile.
- Lastly, outline the edges of Jack’s eyes so that they pop more, just like the smile does.
- Using your black icing, draw the wheels of the stroller first.
- Next, outline the various shapes of the stroller: the basket, covering, and handle bar. For the handle bar, you will want to mimic the swirl cliff found in The Nightmare Before Christmas as much as you can. You can use your knife again to play with the swirl and even drag out some of the frosting toward the end of the swirl so it isn’t as thick as the rest of it.
- Fill in the swirl and draw a spiderweb pattern in the covering.
- Now, grab your purple frosting and fill in the basket.
III. Baby Onesie
- First we will be working on the collared part of Jack’s outfit. Take your white frosting, still with tip #3 attached, outline and fill in the bib.
- Take your black frosting and outline/fill in the collar.
- Draw a heart shape in the top center of your white bib.
- Now, draw three long teardrop shapes coming out of each side of the heart, starting at the middle of the heart.
- To create our fine white details, we will be switching our white frosting over to a tip #1. Now, draw in two dots for the eyes in the heart-shaped part of the bow tie and small little lines throughout the wings of the bow tie.
- Use the same white frosting to draw little lines in the black collar to mimic the black & white stripes in Jack’s outfit.
- Go back to your black frosting and outline the edges of the onesie.
- Fill in the onesie using vertical lines with your black frosting. Of course, Jack’s outfit has small white lines going vertically throughout the outfit as well, but that would be very difficult! The vertical black lines look great as is, especially since his outfit is primarily black.
And now you should have the cutest set of The Nightmare Before Christmas baby shower cookies in front of you! Make sure to plate them in a pretty way for your guests. You don’t have to do much, though, these cookies will speak for themselves and draw a lot of attention! I usually hit up the dollar store anytime I want to decorate for a party but Amazon, Party City, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and more are great places to find stuff. Plus, don’t forget the thrift stores! If you are planning on a Halloween baby shower, you are sure to find lots of decorations in stores!
Here are some fun finds I found on Amazon to help bring these Nightmare Before Christmas baby shower cookies to life!
Make sure to save these cookies for later! Pin the image below and then come back to it to comment a photo of your cookies! I would love to see them. You can also tag me on Instagram @buttercreamparties! Thank you so much for reading my blog and I hope you are learning lots to grow your confidence in decorating sugar cookies. I believe in you and congratulations to the mom-to-be!