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Halloween Cookies ~ Cookie Recipes ~ Cookie Decorating Ideas

Updated on September 13, 2014

Delightfully Spooky Halloween Cookies the Whole Family Can Create

Everyone loves Halloween cookies and you can find endless recipes and decorating ideas to delight little (and big) spooks on trick-or-treat night. I've narrowed down a few of my favorite recipes and ideas for delighting family and guests for Halloween. Each concept is pretty simple, and directions and recipes are provided, as well as a few resources for needed supplies and tools should you need them. The point of these choices is their simplicity. A baking project that is less complicated means more family fun.

Get the whole family involved making these wonderful treats -- I promise, they taste better when it's a family affair. Happy Halloween!

You can now visit a second batch of Halloween Cookies: More Halloween Cookie Ideas & Recipes.

Idea #1 ~ Halloween Decorated Sugar Cookies

How cute and how easy would it be to make the candy corn cookie pictured here! Imagine the littlest goblins (as well as adults not really into decorating cookies), simply dipping each end in a frosting bowl and creating their own unique smiley face on Mr. Corn. Successful family project accomplished!

Sugar cookie and decorator icing recipes can be had in abundance in every cookbook and all over the net. I'm including some basic, but delicious, recipes here to give you all the information you need in one place. Other sugar cookie decorating ideas can be found in the pictures above and further down this page, magazines, doing a Google search, cookbooks, of course, or checking out your local bakery window display for ideas.

Basic (but delicious) Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 1/2 C softened butter

2 C sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

5 C flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Chill dough. (You can prepare this ahead of family cookie decorating night). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated 400 degree F oven. Cool completely before icing. For the Candy Corn cookie above, dough was colored yellow with food coloring so that only the tops and bottoms need to be dipped in icing.

Basic Butter Cream Icing Recipe

1/2 C (1 stick) real butter

1 pound powdered sugar

5 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cream these ingredients together by hand or with a mixer. Adjust the consistency by adding more sugar or water. Divide the frosting into smaller bowls and add food coloring one drop at a time to reach the desired colors. Cocoa powder can also be added for chocolate/brown frosting.

When cookies are completely cool, frost by dipping, spreading with a knife, or piping details, such as the candy corn face. Sprinkles or colored sugars can also be used in any number of creative ways. Professional grade food coloring now comes in colors like black and purple. Food color spray can also create exciting effects.

Note: Many of the pictures on this page, as well as some you'll come across elsewhere, use a confectioner's icing that is more of a sugar paste to create a smoother, harder icing. I prefer the delicious butter cream icing above. The harder icing is a practical matter for cookies that need to be packed and shipped. For cookies that may not last through the evening, use the homemade delicious creamy recipe with real butter.

Monster Mash

Monster Mash
Monster Mash

Idea #2 ~ Oreos Dressed Up for Halloween

This idea is really simple, but so fun. No time for baking -- or just prefer Oreos to sugar cookies? Dip them in frosting, add sprinkles and decorate the same as you would sugar cookies. This is a great party idea. In fact, it could be a fun party activity for any age. How cute are these!

Photo: Amazon

Halloween Cookie Decorating Sprinkles

Idea #3 ~ Cookie Tombstones

Like the Oreo idea, this one uses store-bought cookies to simplify things. This time it's Pepperidge Farm's Milano cookies to the rescue. Plant these personalized "tombstones" in a graveyard sheet cake. You could make this even more realistic by frosting the cake with green grassy areas and chocolate "freshly dug dirt mounds" under each tombstone.

Photo: Amazon

Idea #4 ~ Halloween Fortune Cookies

Another simple store-bought idea. Dipped and decorated fortune cookies. You can replace the fortunes with your own creations: "You will marry a tall dark monster."

Photo: Hand-Dipped Fortune Cookies, Amazon

Idea #5 ~ Decorated Brownie Pops

Make your favorite brownie recipe and pour into brownie pop molds. The picture tells the story, but I bet you can come up with some even more creative decorating ideas. Let's put some faces on those pumpkins!

Photo: Amazon

Idea #6 ~ Old Fashioned Halloween Comfort Cookies

Okay, now we're coming to my preferred choices. They may not decorate as smoothly as sugar cookies, but they're by far the best recipes. Make your mom's pumpkin cookies, or spice cookies, or applesauce, or gingerbread. . .you know, the one's you loved when you were a little trick-or-treator. I could give you my recipe for my mom's spice zucchini cookies, but they wouldn't be your remembered favorites. So be sure to make some of those homey old-time favorites and see if your kids don't like them, too.

Professional Icing Decorating Tools

Designer Cookies are Delicious, Too

Designer Cookies are Delicious, Too
Designer Cookies are Delicious, Too

Copyright and Image Credits

All images used in this article are from my personal collection, in the public domain, or used with permission.

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    • Shorebirdie profile image


      6 years ago from San Diego, CA

      Those look great! I love cookies with frosting.

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      6 years ago

      Look sooo appetizing!

      Thanks for sharing a great treat for Halloween! :))

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      6 years ago

      These cookies look so delicious... Great lens, thanks!

    • floppypoppygift1 profile image


      6 years ago

      These cookies with precision decorated characters are beautiful...but not too beautiful for me not to eat!! YUM!! Cheers~cb

    • gregs411 profile image


      6 years ago

      Love the tombstone cookie idea.

    • MelissaRodgz profile image


      6 years ago

      Nom Nom. . . these are just lovely..

    • Emaily LM profile image

      Emaily LM 

      6 years ago

      These cookies are so cute, love it.

    • spids1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Great lens very well written.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      6 years ago

      Oh my ... I could rack up some serious calories here. Boo-lessed!

    • Fox Music profile image

      Fox Music 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for this Delicious Lens "Halloween Cookies ~ Cookie Recipes ~ Cookie Decorating Ideas"

    • Mr-Panda LM profile image

      Mr-Panda LM 

      6 years ago

      Cookies are good for the soul! Num num num. Thank you =)

    • HDCarswallpaper profile image


      6 years ago

      they all looks DELICOUS !!!

    • partyjulie profile image


      6 years ago

      What a fun lens! I'm going to be trying the candy corn cookies for my son's Halloween party this weekend. You've been blessed - great job!

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      6 years ago

      super cute! I love the candy corn cookies and the tombstone cookies!

    • CindyIndyBones profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a great lens! I will try to bake some of them :)

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      Cynthia Davis 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Love the Halloween cut-out cookies best. Thanks for sharing.

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      Loraine Brummer 

      6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Love the brownie pops!!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      These are all really awesome cookies!

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      6 years ago

      These are such great ideas for home and giving on halloween.

    • craftycollector profile image


      6 years ago

      What a wonderful collection of Halloween cakes, trims, bits and pieces, and wonderful designs. Love it!

    • KarenHC profile image


      6 years ago from U.S.

      I also like the brownie pop molds (as the person before me also commented). I like the idea of making brownie pop pumpkins!

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      6 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Hi and thanks for so many neat ideas! I especially like the brownie pops...I've never seen this Wilton pan, so I'll hae to keep my eyes open or buy one online. Thanks again!

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      6 years ago

      Cute cookies.

    • wheresthekarma profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the candy corn sugar cookies! Way too cute! Thanks for a "sweet" lens!

    • efcruzarts profile image


      7 years ago

      great lens for seasons cookies

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      7 years ago

      this is just perfect for this year's halloween party. thanks for the tips!

    • TapIn2U profile image


      7 years ago

      Love the recipes and decorations. Perfect for Halloween! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      7 years ago

      very mom will like this..CTRL + D

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      food monkey 

      7 years ago

      great ideas!

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      Gayle Dowell 

      7 years ago from Kansas

      I love this time of year and the amazing sweets that go along with it. I've definitely got to try some of these decorating ideas.

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      7 years ago

      wow.........amazing and wonderful lens....

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      Loraine Brummer 

      7 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Wow, what cute cookies. I love the oreo cookie idea too----such a quick way.

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      7 years ago

      Adorable and delicious - two of my favorite things! :)

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      7 years ago

      Tasty and spooky! Great work!

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      7 years ago

      very creative!

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      7 years ago

      These cookies are very creative and they look scrumptious! Here's a thumbs up and a monster Angel blessing for you!

    • littlelotus profile image


      7 years ago

      very creative ... I love the cookies shown here.... and doesn't sound too hard to make...thanks for sharing ;)

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      dogface lm 

      7 years ago

      Oh you, you awakened my sweet tooth!

    • CreativeExpress profile image


      7 years ago

      another beautifully executed lens! Your ideas are unique, clever and classy.

    • justholidays profile image


      7 years ago

      Mmmmmm... Now I'm hungry for some sweets just like those Halloween cookies. Will send you my physical mail address by mail :D

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      7 years ago

      OMG I want cookies now! Thank you for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      So delicious and I'm hungry too :)

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      anne mohanraj 

      7 years ago

      these cookies are really creative

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      7 years ago

      You know, I am seriously thinking that Halloween cookies are my favorite holiday cookies!! BOOyah!

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      7 years ago

      So many creative ideas...and all incredibly yummy! Time for another Angel blessing, I say! Pass the milk please!

    • satewas profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm going to try some of these recipes with my daughter

    • Anime-e profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow!! I wish I could bake now!

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      7 years ago

      Mmmm yummy Halloween cookies. This is way better than the gross Halloween recipes.

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      7 years ago

      So many great ideas, especially like the brownie pops.

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      7 years ago

      This is so much fun to visit here, its like a whole party on one page. Beautifully done Nancy. ~ A must be blessed! ~ Happy Halloween! ~ Party~on

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      7 years ago

      I'm feeling pretty hungry now! ;)

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      7 years ago from Concord VA

      I love these unique Halloween cookie ideas...and so easy to do, too! :)

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      OOPSY LM 

      7 years ago

      YUM! Love the cookies!

    • imolaK profile image


      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these great ideas with us. They are very helpful. Blessed !


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