Halloween Cookies

Ghoulishly delightful Halloween cookies are delicious with just the right amount of spooky. They’re easy to make and easy to decorate!

Halloween Cookies are perfect for all of your special Halloween gatherings, or a sweet activity to do at home with the kiddos! For more Halloween fun, try Halloween Sugar Cookie Cake, Graveyard Dirt Cake, and Chocolate Spider Trifle.

Halloween cookie recipe with candies and candy eyeballs.

Perfect for Parties!

One of my favorite parts of October is all of the gatherings and parties! It’s fun to make special treats with the kids – especially Halloween Cookies!

Halloween Cookies are not only soft and delicious, but they are super fun! You get that delicious chocolate chip cookies flavor the adults will love, with a fun decoration the kids will adore.

Today’s recipe is an adaption of our famous Chocolate Chip Cookies (and M&M Cookies). It has the same base, but with crushed Halloween M&Ms through out the dough and on top, along with sprinkles and candy eye balls, but decorate them to your liking.

If you’re looking for more treats to add to the spread, here are some other favorites:

Halloween M&Ms on the counter for Halloween cookies.

How to Make Halloween M&M Cookies

The key to making the cookies look pretty is to add a few M&M’s on top of the cookie dough balls right before baking (or right after if you don’t want to see the M&Ms crack on top).

PREP. Heat oven to 350°F.

WET INGREDIENTS. In a mixing bowl cream together sugars, butter and oil. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Add dry ingredients, as well as vanilla, and mix until combined. Stir in ½ c chopped M&M’s. (You can add more or less according to your preference)

SCOOP. Scoop onto a baking sheet. Add a few whole M&M’s and sprinkles to the top of the dough.

BAKE + COOL. Bake cookies at 350°F for 7-8 minutes. Add a few eyeball candies to the top of baked cookies. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.

Tips + VARIATIONS

  • DO NOT pack your flour. Fluff flour and then spoon into a measuring cup making sure to level off before adding to your cookie dough. Any more than 3 cups is too much flour and will make the dough stiff and dry.
  • Crispier. For a crispier cookie you’ll need to reduce the moisture content. Try baking the cookies for longer at a lower temperature or replace the oil with more butter or replace the brown sugar with more white sugar.
  • Chewier. For a chewier cookie increase the amount of brown sugar you use to 1½ cups and reduce the white sugar to ½ cup.
  • Size. Make a batch of mini cookies or large “monster” size by changing the size of the dough balls. Make sure to adjust the bake time, reduce the time for smaller cookies and increase the time for larger ones. 
  • Decorations. Use any fun Halloween candy or sprinkles such as: Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, candy corn, Halloween colored jimmies, orange sugar sprinkles or frosting, piped spiders, or Halloween sprinkles.
  • Note that the candy eyeballs will melt in the oven so add them after the cookies have been baked.
Halloween cookie dough balls on a cookie sheet ready for baking.

Storing info

FREEZE cookie dough. Place cookie dough balls on a baking sheet. Stick it in the freezer. Once the dough is solid transfer them to a freezer safe ziploc. Freeze for up to 3 months.

To bake, allow them to thaw a bit before putting them in the oven. You may need to add an extra minute or two to compensate for the chillier dough.

STORE baked cookies in an airtight container on the counter or in the freezer. When storing at room temperature add a piece of white bread into the container to help keep them softer longer, store for 3-4 days.

They can last for 2-3 months in the freezer. 

Spooky Halloween cookie recipe stacked on a white plate and topped with candy eyes.

For more halloween treats:

Halloween Cookie Recipe

5 from 15 votes
Ghoulishly delightful Halloween cookies are delicious with just the right amount of spooky. They're easy to make and easy to decorate!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 151 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • In a mixing bowl cream together sugars, butter and oil.
  • Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
  • Add dry ingredients, as well as vanilla, and mix until combined.
  • Stir in ½ c chopped M&M's. (You can add more or less according to your preference)
  • Scoop onto a baking sheet. Add a few whole M&M's and sprinkles to the top of the dough.
  • Bake at 350°F for 7-8 minutes. Add a few candy eyes to the top of baked cookies. Allow to cool on the baking sheet.

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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    HahAHA – so totally adorable, and so very simple to create a special treat for HAlloween! I just love this time of year, with so many spooktacular recipe ideas, but many of them are complicated and time-consuming. This easy recipe is perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    I love making this recipe every Halloween for my family! Using the combo of candy eyes and M&M’s make these cookies look so festive and cute with very little effort. My kind of dessert!

  3. 5 stars
    These cookies are so yummy, easy and fun for Halloween! I love that all I need to do is add a few eye candies to make them spooky. So easy! This is a great recipe for Halloween!