Truly Frightening Yet Totally Delicious Halloween Cookie Recipes
These Halloween bites are sweet and a little spooky, too. Make a batch or two and be prepared to wow the crowd at any Halloween party or bake sale.
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 Halloween sugar cookie recipe that you want to shape and decorate for the holiday? 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!"
Cream-filled chocolate cookies become full-blown monsters when broken in half and decorated with royal icing and red nonpareils. Use them to trick out any batch of brownies.
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.
Shortbread Candy Bars
Use up leftover chocolate candies and candy bars from the kids' Halloween haul to create these crumbly shortbread bars.
Midnight Moon Cookies
Inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe story in which a demonic cat is "graven in bas-relief upon the white surface" of a wall, these cakey black-and-white cookies feature the chocolate silhouette of a fur-raised feline set against a full moon of glossy icing.
Pumpkin-Shaped Molasses Spice Cookies
Rum, molasses, and warming spices permeate every bite of these irresistible treats.
Chewy Caramel Mystery Cookies
Put your favorite Halloween candies to good use by folding them into these gooey cookies. The only thing that's missing a glass of cold milk!
These nutty sugar cookies with creepy-crawly indentations are just the thing for a Halloween party. Take a bite…if you dare.
Dulce de Leche Bat Cookies
Crisp chocolate cookies sandwich a caramel center in these devilishly delicious treats.
Candy-Corn Sugar Cookies
A familiar seasonal candy infuses these cookies with the spirit of Halloween. Whether or not you like candy corn, it wouldn't be Halloween without eating it.
These creepy marshmallow skulls top madeleines shrouded in bittersweet chocolate.
Pumpkin-Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches
Make pumpkin ice cream and gingerbread cookies from scratch for an extra-special Halloween dessert.
Simple colored icing gives this easy shortbread seasonal flair. There's nothing spooky about these cookies—they're just plain sweet.
Bring out the sweet side of Halloween with these colorful sugar cookies, a real treat for your favorite little tricksters. Wrap them up in a cute gift bag to hand out to neighbors or friends instead of candy for a spooky surprise.
Jack-o'-Lantern Spice Cookies
Sandwich adorable jack-o'-lantern cookies with store-bought dulce de leche for a kid-approved Halloween treat. Go all out with the theme by adding orange food coloring to the dough and green sprinkles at the top for a makeshift stem.
How do you take chocolate cookies from good to great? Dot them with chocolate candies, of course! Orange and black ones make them perfectly Halloween-appropriate.
Halloween Whoopie Pies
Kids and adults alike will devour this classic dessert. Orange nonpareils are a bright addition to rich, dark whoopie pies.
Cross over to the dark side with these crispy crimson cookies. They're the perfect garnish for our decadent Devil's Food Cake.
Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing
These pillowy spice cookies transform pumpkin-pie flavors into portable treats. Brown butter is key to adding a rich, nuttiness to a classic icing.
These boo-tiful brownie coffins are topped with marzipan for a decorative touch. The shape adds a serious scare factor to your Halloween party.
Meringue Bone Cookies
Crisp meringue cookies in bone-chilling shapes are just the thing for a Halloween treat. Though they look next level, these meringues are easy to make—and are sure to surprise your friends.
Chocolate and pumpkin are a frightfully gooey pair in these creamy pumpkin-swirl brownies. While we garnish these with nuts for texture and crunch, feel free to leave them off for a school-safe snack.
Day of the Dead Cookies
Hand a bowl of candy decorations and frosting to kids so they can help with these colorful decorated skull cookies.