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24 Halloween Cookies That Are Completely Eerie-sistible

Updated on October 24, 2023

This spellbinding assortment of sweets is guaranteed to conjure up some holiday fun!

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Our Best Halloween Cookie Recipes

You won’t need a spellbook or charms to produce the perfect Halloween dessert (and you can even skip the eye of newt)—we’ve got all the cookie recipes you need to craft a sweet spread for your party or get-together. You’ll find new ideas for sugar cookies, plenty of pumpkin-flavored treats and even a haunted Halloween gingerbread house. And that’s just the beginning. No cookie plate is complete, however, without a few of these soft and chewy cookies. They've got a stark black center and colorful Halloween-inspired powdered sugar coating on the outside. This recipe is perfect for a trick-or-treat celebration when you’re short on time; chilling the dough isn’t required, so the cookies come together quickly and will be on the table in about an hour. Using both black and regular unsweetened cocoa powders give the cookies deep, balanced chocolate flavor, while the secret to the colorful coating is blitzing sanding sugar and sprinkles in a food processor until they’re powdery—no food coloring required.

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Meringue Bones

The secret to these dreadfully delicious, fruit-filled cookies is handling your meringue with care. When piping, be sure to squeeze only from the top of the bag — you don’t want to pop the air bubbles that have been incorporated into your egg whites during mixing!

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Candy Corn Cookies

Some people love candy corn, while others...not so much. These slice-and-bake cookies, colored and shaped (but not flavored!) like the divisive Halloween treat, are sure to delight all your little ghouls and goblins. The dough can be made several days ahead and kept in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake. It can also be frozen, though allow a minute or so longer for baking cookies sliced straight from the freezer.

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Alien Cookie Pops

All you need is a few drops of neon green food coloring and some candy eyeballs to transform white chocolate-covered sandwich cookies into an eerily fun Halloween treat. These alien cookie pops are great for parties or a fun everyday treat.

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