We have Halloween on the brain months before October. It takes time to think of the perfect costume, plan a party for the kids and dream up all the spooky treats you want to bake. But don’t panic—we’re here to help, girls and ghouls. Here, 43 Halloween cookies to tackle this fall that are equal parts festive and delicious.
1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
These soft-baked beauties are bursting with cheesecake. And you thought Oreos were good.
2. Maple-Pecan Icebox Cookies
Don’t want to be stressed come the night of the party? Make the eight-ingredient dough ahead of time and bake it just in time for your guests’ arrival.
3. Giant Brown-Sugar Snickerdoodle Cookies
Because you can only have so many cinnamon-sugar cider doughnuts. (Just kidding, we’ll never get sick of them or snickerdoodles.)
4. Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Nothing says Halloween like candy-packed cookie dough, right?
5. Spiced Palmiers
A French treat with an autumnal spin perfect for a fancy dinner party, thanks to cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.
6. Sweet Potato Sugar Cookies with Marshmallow Topping
Sweet potato casserole always felt like dessert to us anyway.
7. Oatmeal Cookie Cream Pies
Your kids will forget all about their trick-or-treat candy when they find these goodies in their lunchboxes.
8. Creamy Pumpkin Eton Mess
Store-bought meringue cookies star in this pumpkin pie-inspired masterpiece.
9. Pecan Brittle Bark Cookies
Melted chocolate anchors the homemade, crackly brittle to the dough so it doesn’t totally liquefy in the oven. Science, y’all.
10. Itty-Bitty Sandwich Cookies
Way better than storing that extra candy in the freezer. Trust.
11. Caramel-Stuffed Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies
A blustery fall day is no match for warm spices, molasses, dark brown sugar and soft caramel.
12. Brown Sugar Cookies with Dulce de Leche
13. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
For when you realize you forgot to pick up dessert at the supermarket and your guests are arriving in 10.
14. Milk Chocolate Stuffed Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies
Could these spiced brown sugar cookies be any cuter? We think not.
15. Flying Bat Halloween Cookie Pops
Psst: The googly eyes are vegan and homemade, thanks to powdered sugar, corn syrup and cornstarch.
16. Halloween Sugar Cookies
Turn on a scary movie, bundle up on the couch and get ready to eat way too many monster eyes.
17. Brownie Brittle Peanut Butter Cookie Ghost Cups
The only spirits we want to be haunted by are the ones made of cream cheese frosting.
18. Monster Cookies
Alexa, add six-pound jar of candy corn to my shopping cart.
19. Paleo Witch Finger Cookies
Coconut flour cookies with homemade jelly? And they’re vegan? That’s some strange magic.
20. Monster Mash Cookies
21. Mummy Cookie Bites
You only need three ingredients and a refrigerator to pull these spooky handhelds off.
22. Halloween M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Eleven-minute browned butter cookies with a touch of autumn.
23. Monster Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Think Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips and leftover candy. Even better, you’ll only need to dirty one bowl to make them.
24. Pumpkin Butter Rugelach Cookies
Crispy, classy and totally chic. It’s just the coffee pairing for your grown-up Halloween party.
25. Frosted Chai Spice Snickerdoodles
Presenting a chai tea latte in dessert form. Don’t be shy about the vanilla bean frosting.
26. Double Stuffed Pumpkin Pie Oreos
Your childhood favorite, but homemade with a fall twist.
27. White Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies
These cookies will keep for up to four months in the freezer, meaning you can celebrate spooky season through Valentine’s Day.
28. Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies
A solid way to use up all the leftover candy the trick-or-treaters didn’t devour if we’ve ever seen one.
29. Chocolate-Drizzled Buttery Pecan and Caramelized Condensed Milk Cookies
Make sure you brag to your party guests that you whipped these up yourself—they look like they’re from a fancy bakery.
30. Candy Bar Blondies
Ah blondies, the chewy, crispy-edged cookie bars that never disappoint. These will work with just about any sweet add-ins you have on hand.
31. Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies
32. Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies
Browning butter before adding it to the dough will give the cookies an irresistibly caramel-like, nutty flavor.
33. Peanut Butter Blossom Spiders
A PB cookie classic with a creepy makeover. Trade traditional Hershey’s Kisses for peanut butter cups, then craft tiny spiders with black licorice and candy eyes.
34. Frosted Pumpkin Cookies
Pumpkin purée and pie spice make these no-frills treats super festive. Hook your guests up with some Halloween sprinkles and let them take care of the decorating.
35. Mexican Chocolate Earthquake Cookies
Sorry kids, you’ll have to sit this one out. These spicy cayenne- and chipotle-spiked gems are for the grown-ups.
36. Chai, Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookies
The homemade chai spice including ground ginger, nutmeg and all-spice is straight-up soul warming.
37. Witches Broom Sticks
The easiest way to turn your Halloween party into a real brouhaha? Serve these cookie-pretzel hybrids.
38. Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
Because no one should have to miss out on dessert. The secret? Vegan butter and almond milk.
39. Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
We hope you aren’t afraid of the dark. These are beyond bold and decadent.
40. Pumpkin Chocolate Twix Cookies
Never choose between a pumpkin dessert and chocolate ever again. Bonus? They’re made without butter or oil and use whole-wheat flour.
41. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Ritz Sandwiches
So easy even your little monsters could make them without you. We’re talking four ingredients and not a second of cook time if you use your trusty microwave instead of a double-boiler.
42. Candy Bar Cookies
Use any candy from Snickers to Rolos in these simple cake-mix cookies. We’re sure the kids won’t mind donating some from their stash, particularly when you tell them about the end result.
43. Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
All the tart sweetness of the quintessential autumn drink, plus a kiss of gooey caramel. They’ll taste even better dunked in hot homemade apple cider.
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