Truly Frightening Yet Totally Delicious Halloween Cookie Recipes
Boo! It's the most spook-tacular day of the year: Halloween is here and there will be sweets and treats galore. While October 31st is filled with sugary treats in the form of candy, bake some Halloween cookies ahead of time to get in the spirit, share with friends, or to send the kids to school with. Whatever your plan, there are plenty of ways to take a bite and celebrate.
What could be better than using October's prime time vegetable to flavor cookies, whoopie pies, and more—we're talking about pumpkin, of course. Pure pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice pop up in recipes like pumpkin-shaped molasses spice cookies and pumpkin cookies with brown butter icing.
Have a favorite sugar cookie recipe that you want to shape and decorate for Halloween? Use wicked cookie cutters in the shapes of ghosts, bats, pumpkins, and gravestones, then decorate them with orange, black, and white sprinkles or frosting. We've transformed ordinary chocolate cookies into mischievous jack-o'-lanterns, giant marshmallows into skulls, and brownies into decorated coffins. If you pipe classic meringue the right way, it can resemble bones or ghosts when baked. Or make our the bat and cobweb cookies seen here for a totally webby dessert.
Use leftover Halloween candy as the ultimate cookie decorations; chop it up and fold it into chocolate chip cookie dough, boo-tiful blondies, or bloody good brownies for a monstrously sweet treat. Even peanut butter hard candies look festive when pressed gently into dessert bars—it's a simple, eerie way to have fun with Halloween recipes.
Have a fang-tastic holiday with these ghostly Halloween cookie recipes. But beware: They're all devilishly delicious.
A spin on the classic black-and-white cookie, these cookies, decorated with a spider made of raspberry gummies and black licorice legs, will tangle you in a web of deliciousness.
Florentines may look as lacy and delicate as a spider's web, but they're actually simple to prepare. The heat of the oven does most of the work, transforming mounds of the dough into thin, crisp, nutty cookies. Just add a fanciful drizzle of chocolate, and they'll disappear before you can say, "Boo!"
These mischievous jack-o'-lanterns will light up a party. For the stained-glass effect, cut faces out of rolled-out chocolate cookie dough, bake until just set, remove from the oven, and fill the holes with ground-up butterscotch candies. Bake until the candies are melted.