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Spooky Halloween Cookies

Updated on September 7, 2012

This is one of my favorite recipes to make for Halloween get-togethers, parties, family treats and decorations. It takes a bit of time to make them, but they are well worth it. They taste delicious and look great too.

They make great take-home favors for kids' parties. Put 2 or 3 cookies in a cellophane treat bag found at a dollar store and tie the bag off with ribbon. I also use these cookies for decorating as suggested by the photo. Hung in front of a window or light they resemble stained glass.

Purchase a creepy Halloween table top tree from a craft store. Wrap miniature orange lights around it and hang the cookies from the branches. It makes a spooky semi-edible centerpiece for your buffet table.

The recipe and photos in this lens are from the Creative Cook's Kitchen.


Special Aids

Large and small Halloween cookie cutters

Large resealable plastic bags

Meat mallet (optional)

Rolling pin

Pastry bags fitted with small plain writing tips

Black and orange ribbon

OXO Good Grips Meat Tenderizer
OXO Good Grips Meat Tenderizer

My Uncle uses this one as he likes the two sided option and the good grip.

Norpro GRIP-EZ S/S MEAT POUNDER, 28 oz, Stainless steel
Norpro GRIP-EZ S/S MEAT POUNDER, 28 oz, Stainless steel

This one is my personal preference of meat mallets as if flattens well.


All your ingredients are here, but the directions will begin with creating the cookies.

Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Makes approximately 2 dozen cookies


  • 1 (18 oz) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Assorted color hard candies
  • Powdered egg white (equivalent to 2 fresh egg whites)
  • 2 cups Confectioners' sugar
  • Assorted color sugar crystals
  • White nonpareils
  • Black food coloring paste
  • Large and small Halloween cookie cutters
  • 1 drinking straw


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with aluminum foil. Knead flour and pumpkin pie spice into cookie dough until smooth. Roll dough to a ¼ inch thickness.
  2. 2. Using large cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes; transfer to prepared baking sheets. Using small cookie cutters, cut out centers. Use a small ghost cutter in the center of a large ghost cookie or you can cut out different shapes such as ghosts inside of pumpkins. Be creative. Re-roll scraps for additional cookies.
  3. 3. If you plan on hanging the cookies, use a drinking straw to make a hole about ¼ inch from the top of the shapes. Bake cookies until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire rack to cool. Do not remove cookies.
  4. Filling the cookies
  5. 1. Place each color candy in separate resealable plastic bags; seal bags. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, break candies into small pieces.
  6. 2. Spoon candy pieces into center of cookie cutouts, filling the space completely. Brush off any candy crumbs from the cookie surface.
  7. 3. Return cookies to the oven. Bake until candy pieces are just melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer cookie sheets to wire rakes and cool completely. Peel cookies from foil and set aside.
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Decorating the Cookies

1. Prepare powdered egg white as package directs. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer set on medium speed, beat confectioners’ sugar and prepared egg whites until thickened, about 5 minutes.

2. Place half of the frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a small plain writing tip. Tint remaining frosting black; place in separate pastry bag with writing tip.

3. Pipe designs around inner and outer edges of the cookies and decorate the frosting with colored sugars and nonpareils as desired. Let cookies stand until decorations are set, about 30 minutes. Thread ribbon through small hole and tie to secure.

Don’t want to fuss with the frosting? You can purchase tubes of colored frosting from the baking aisle of your supermarket. They already come with a tip. Different styles of tips will add some pizzazz to your cookies.

Chocolate chips can be glued to the pumpkin with a little frosting to create the jack-o-lantern face.


GoOrganic Organic Hard Candies, Assorted Flavors,  30 Ounce Bag
GoOrganic Organic Hard Candies, Assorted Flavors, 30 Ounce Bag

I use these as my husband has a gluten allergy

Wilton Primary Candy Color Set
Wilton Primary Candy Color Set

Plain in taste, bright on color.


This recipe is great for Christmas too. Just use Christmas cookie cutters to create the ornaments and hang them on your tree!

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    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love these Halloween cookie ideas! I've never seen this done before.