As the leaves change colors and the air turns crisp, it's time to embrace the magic of Halloween treats. What better way to celebrate this spooky season than by eating, baking and decorating delicious Halloween cookies? Whether you're planning a ghoulish gathering, a haunted halloween party, or simply want to enjoy some festive treats other than halloween candy, Halloween cookies are the perfect addition to your fall festivities.
In this guide, we'll dive into the world of Halloween cookies, from classic favorites to creative new ideas that will leave your taste buds tingling and your guests screaming for more. Read on for some halloween fun!
Our Favorite Spooky Halloween Treats
Looking for the perfect halloween dessert? Give these spooktacular halloween treats a try:
Jack-o lantern Cookie
This Jack-o'-Lantern Cookie recipe from Simplistically Living makes for a super fun Halloween treat. The recipe involves using sugar cookie dough, shaping it into pumpkin shapes, and decorating them to resemble jack-o'-lanterns. Not only are they cute and colorful, they also taste delicious.
These halloween desserts are crafted from sugar cookie dough that strikes the perfect balance between chewiness and a satisfying crunch. They're adorned with vanilla-flavored frosting and sprinkles, making them a universally beloved treat for all ages!
Ingredients needed for the Cookies:
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 cups of butter (softened to room temperature)
- 2 eggs
- 3 teaspoons of vanilla
- 5 cups of flour
- Jack-O’-Lantern cookie cutter
For the frosting:
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons of milk
- Food coloring gel – orange, green, and black
- Halloween sprinkles
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Blend at medium speed until the mixture turns light and fluffy.
- Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, and mix at low speed until all the flour is incorporated, resulting in a soft cookie dough.
- Place approximately one-fourth of the dough onto a floured surface and, using a rolling pin, roll it out to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
- Use cookie cutters to create your desired shapes, then transfer them to baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat until you've used up all the cookie dough.
- Once the cookies are baked, remove them from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack.
- While the cookies are cooling, prepare the frosting. In the stand mixer's mixing bowl, blend powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla on low speed until well combined, then increase the speed until the mixture is thoroughly mixed.
- Divide the frosting evenly into three separate dishes or ramekins.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to each portion of frosting, stirring until you achieve your desired colors. Transfer the colored frosting into clear piping bags, snip off the tip to create a small opening.
- Pipe the black frosting for the eyes and mouth onto the cookies. Sprinkle black sugars over the frosting, and use a small brush to remove any excess sugars.
- Outline the edges of the cookies with orange frosting, then fill in the entire cookie with the orange frosting except for the eye and mouth cutouts.
- Pipe the green frosting onto the stem area of the cookies and sprinkle Halloween sprinkles on the stem.
- Create pumpkin spine details by piping thin lines of orange frosting down each cookie.
- Serve and savor your delicious creations!
The recipe from Recipes from a Pantry creates the perfect Bat Cookies – a creative and fun Halloween treat. We love how these sugar cookies are cut into bat shapes and decorated with black icing to create the appearance of bats. Plus, the assorted candy eyeballs complete the spooky look, making these halloween cookies a great addition to any Halloween celebration.
- 8 peanut butter cups
- 16 Oreo cookies
- 32 candy eyeballs
- 1 tablespoon icing
- Arrange the peanut butter cups on a plate or tray.
- Take apart the Oreo cookies and discard the icing. Cut the cookies in half to create the bat wings.
- Apply a small amount of icing to the back of the Oreo halves and attach them to the peanut butter cups to shape your bat.
- Dab a bit of icing on the underside of each candy eyeball, then affix two eyeballs to each of the cookie cups.
- Present your spooky treat and enjoy!
We love this Mummy Cookie recipe from Eating Bird Food because they truly are a creative and adorable Halloween treat. Made using a sugar cookie base, they are then decorated to resemble mummies. The decorating process involves drizzling melted white chocolate over the cookies to create the appearance of bandages, adding candy eyeballs for the mummy's eyes, and finishing with a spooky touch.
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour, 175 grams
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 3 Tablespoons coconut flour
- 1/2 cup cane sugar, or coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup pumpkin, canned or homemade
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- vanilla frosting, for piping
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Mix the dry ingredients by combining the flours, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and sea salt in a mixing bowl.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients, including the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla.
- Now, blend the wet and dry ingredients together. The dough will have a wet consistency, which is what you want for these cookies.
- Stir in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips into the dough.
- Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to portion and place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten each cookie into a desired shape using a spoon or your fingers. These cookies won't spread much, so you can space them about 1 inch apart.
- Bake the cookies for 15 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- For decoration, prepare frosting and load it into a piping bag fitted with a #44 or #45 tip. Pipe the frosting across each cookie, one by one. Experiment with different angles and overlap some lines until most of the cookie is covered. Attach two candy eyeballs above the center of each cookie using a tiny amount of frosting on the back of each eyeball.
- Enjoy your creatively decorated Mummy Cookies, perfect for your Halloween party!
The Best Halloween Treats
Not much of a baker? No problem! We have a deliciously-good selection of October cookie flavors that make for the perfect halloween treats. Here are some of our favorites that are sure to be a hit with all your party guests at your halloween party.
Pumpkin Graveyard Cookies
Indulge in the spooktacular delight of our Pumpkin Graveyard Dough cookies, perfect for Halloween. These delectable treats boast a sinfully sweet blend of pumpkin goodness, Oreos, and semisweet chocolate chips. Topped with Oreo dust, they're a must-have for those who crave a hauntingly delicious halloween dessert.
Candy Corn Bark
Satisfy your sweet tooth with our Candy Corn Bark cookies. These delightful treats feature a vanilla base infused with the vibrant colors of Halloween—mini marshmallows, white chocolate chips, and the iconic halloween candy corn. It's a mouthwatering blend of flavors that will bewitch you with its scrumptious taste.
Indulge in the enchanting allure of these Black Cat cookies. Crafted with rich dark chocolate and made with the fruity delight of blackberry jam, these easy halloween treats are a must-have for your halloween party. With a purr-fect blend of dark melted chocolate chunks and semisweet melted chocolate chips, these cookies are sure to cast a spell on your taste buds
Bloody Trick or Treat
Sink your teeth into the sinfully delicious Bloody Trick or Treat cookies. A crimson-red velvet base is adorned with a frightfully delightful mix of M&M's, gooey caramel bits, and luscious white chocolate chips. These treats are a ghoulishly good way to add a sweet thrill to your Halloween festivities.