Brooklyn Maple and Nick Cooper, with Kentucky Legend, joined us for What's Cookin'? this morning and served up a Halloween-inspired treat your kids are going to have fun making and eating.  They're Cheddar and Ham Puff Pastry Jack-o'-Lanterns. Here's how to make 'em.


2 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed and cold

4 slices Kentucky Legend Quarter Sliced Ham

4 slices orange Cheddar cheese

2 tbsp prepared mustard

1 egg


1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

  1. Unroll pastry onto lightly floured work surface. Cut into 8 rounds with 4 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. With sharp knife, cut out jack-o’-lantern eyes, nose and mouth from half of the rounds.
  2. Using the same round cutter, cut out 4 rounds each from ham and Cheddar.
  3. Brush tops of solid pastry rounds with mustard; top with ham and cheese rounds. Top with cutout pastry rounds and press edges to seal.
  4. Place rounds on parchment paper–lined baking trays. Whisk egg with 1 tbsp cold water and brush over tops.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden and puffed. Let cool on rack for 5 minutes before serving.


Tip: Add a sprinkling of herbs to the top of the jack-o’-lanterns to create green hair.


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