No, it’s not wizardry or witchcraft—just some frighteningly fantastic Halloween cookie recipes.
Jack O’Lantern, Tombstone, Spiderweb and Ghost Cookies
When cut into versatile rectangles, sugar cookies are easy to decorate in a variety of clever ways. To mark the occasion, whip up a batch of cookies along with a shiny confectioner’s sugar glaze. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions to create impressive Jack O’Lantern, tombstone, spider web, and ghost designs.
Spider Cookies With Chocolate Chips
Chocolate creepy crawlers give everyone’s favorite cookie an eerie upgrade. To recreate the look, dip a toothpick in melted chocolate and draw legs around an exposed chip—or two. To make the spiders even spookier, press red Nonpareils into the chocolate chip (you may need to use tweezers) when the cookies first come out of the oven.
Get the recipe: Spider Cookies With Chocolate Chips
Pumpkin Cookies With Chocolate
These tasty drop cookies feature a fairly unconventional (but delicious) pairing—chocolate and pumpkin. Before baking, sprinkle with coarse turbinado sugar to give the cookies added crunch and a hint of sweetness.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cookies With Chocolate
Roll balls of cookie dough in turbinado sugar (a large grained, brown-colored sugar) before baking to add a little extra sweetness to the subtly spicy dough. Turbinado sugar is often labeled as “raw sugar,” but you can substitute an equal amount of granulated sugar if you can’t find it in the store.
Get the recipe: Molasses Ginger Cookies
Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches
A velvety cream cheese frosting is sandwiched between two soft and chewy pumpkin cookies in this version of the classic chocolate and vanilla whoopie pie. Plan ahead and make the cookies up to three days in advance. Then, whip the filling and assemble sandwiches no more than 2 hours before serving.
Get the recipe: Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches
Make no bones about it—this Halloween spin on the classic gingerbread cookie will be a welcome addition to the dessert table at any Halloween party. For best results, put the rolled dough in the refrigerator to firm before cutting into shapes, and then return the cut shapes to the fridge to firm once again before baking.
Get the recipe: Skeleton Cookies
Peanut Butter-Cup Cookies
Use your stash of Halloween candy—specifically those coveted peanut butter cups—to craft these decadent and chewy chocolate peanut butter cookies. If you’re hoping to get a head start, a batch can be baked and stored at room temperature in an airtight container up to three days in advance.
Get the recipe: Peanut Butter-Cup Cookies