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.
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:
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.
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.
For more halloween treats:
- Halloween Sugar Cookie Cake
- Gooey Monster Cookies
- Halloween Puppy Chow
- Monster Rice Krispy Treats
- Mummy Cookies
Halloween Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Plain M&M's chopped
- M&Ms, eye candies, sprinkles
- 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.
How fun are these!! The eyes make them even more festive. They won’t last long around here!
Such a great idea for Halloween!! I love how easy these are to maKE!
These look fun and adorable! My kids are going to love these for Halloween! Can’t wait!
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!
Such a fun tasty cookie for hallowEen. Your kids will love them!
The cookie is really yummy and the toppings are super cute, especially the eyes,
They are fun to make with the kids.
Yay! So glad to hear you enjoy making them with your kiddos!
These are so fun & festive!! Love the little eyes! M&M cookies are my favorite! Taking these to a party this weekend!
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!
These are so cute and so fun! Adding the chopped M&Ms makes every bite extra tasty!
We are obsessed with these cookies! They are so delicious and so festive for the holiday!
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!
With just a hint of spooky, these cookies are SO good. My kids especially loved the eyeballs.