Halloween may be the most candy-centric day around, but we’ve got 20 reasons why cookies just might steal the show this October 31. We scoured the web and scared up all kinds of creatively-decorated treats—from cookies that channel witches’ fingers and googly-eyed monsters, to no-bake ideas that are wicked-impressive. Scroll through the recipes below for treats that will delight little ghouls and grownups alike!
Jack Skellington Cookies
Hail to the Pumpkin King! Not only do these cookies from Totally the Bombchannel one of our fave holiday movies, they also involve the best kind of Halloween decoration—spooky smiles. Get recipe here.
We can’t decide what we love best about this idea from Well Plated. Is it the no-bake brilliance? The cute effect? Or the fact that these cookies are accompanied by a delish cheesecake dip? Decide for yourself and get the recipe here.
Chocolate Monster Cookies
We’d welcome these monster cookies (courtesy of Self Proclaimed Foodie) to any Halloween party. The secret lies in the edible googly eyes—but don’t forget the perfect chocolate chip cookies and chocolate ganache. Get the recipe here.
For last-minute Halloween parties, bake sales and treats, there’s nothing better than a no-bake cookie. This idea from Chelsea’s Messy Apron takes a cookie aisle fave (milanos) and gives it a mummy makeover. Get the recipe here.
Oreo Eyeball Cookies
Melted Witch Cookie
Candy Corn Sugar Cookies
Gluten-Free, Vegan Gingerbread Skeletons
Ghost Cookie Cups
Halloween Monster Cookies
Witch Hat Cookies
Forget cook times and oven settings. Craftily Ever After has your back if you need an adorable Halloween cookie ASAP. A little icing, a cookie, some chocolate kisses and you’re all set. Get the recipe here.
What’s better than s’mores? S’mores that look like monsters! You won’t need a campfire to create this delicious Halloween-themed treat, but you will need cookies, marshmallows, and little helping hands. Get the whole scoop from Jodi Levine over at Say Yes.
Oreo Spider Cookies
Witch's Finger Cookies
Go ahead and let out a cackle or two because these cookies from Simply So Good are totally brilliant. The recipe is super simple and although the creation of these edible digits may take a bit more time, we’re pretty sure the kids will get a kick out of it. Get the recipe here.
Dracula Dentures Cookie
Toothfully, we love this idea from The Girl Who Ate Everything. Not only is it ultra-clever, it also gives you an excuse to bust out your best Dracula impression. (Ve vant more cookies!) Get the recipe here.
Mummy Pumpkin Cookies
If you just can’t get enough pumpkin, you’re in luck. OMG Chocolate Dessertshas combined that good as gourd flavor with Halloween cookies. These mummy treats are extra cute and easy to make, too. Get the recipe here.
Combine the joy of jack-o'-lanterns with the tastiness of cookies? Don’t mind if we do! We’re digging this idea from Say Yes, which lets you make cheerful jack-o'-lantern grins and out-of-this-world sugar cookies. Get the recipe here.
Double Chocolate Monster Cookies
— Abigail Matsumoto