Halloween has this way of creeping up on you, and since sometimes October 31st can fall on a weeknight, we know your prep time for All Hallow's Eve treats can be limited. So let us introduce you to Halloween cookies you can actually whip up in just a few minutes. Our assortment ranges from four-ingredient wonders with zero bake time to expertly decorated sugar cookies, so there really is something for everyone (and for any amount of prep time).
Some cookies are cute and perfect for little ones and Halloween-lovers alike, while others are more focused on fall flavors. And with healthy cookies and even an all-vegan option, you won't run the risk that someone won't be able to partake in indulging. Now, go out and pick up these simple ingredients for Halloween cookies—and then put your baking hat on.
Monster Mash Cookies
What we like most about Half Baked Harvest’s Monster Mash cookies is that for the sake of time, you can actually use a pre-made cutoff sugar roll if you're in a pinch. Creamy chocolate frosting, Oreos, sprinkles, Twizzlers, and a few extra decorations turn them into delightful owls and vampires. You can even let the little ones decorate for extra fun.
You can keep these cookies covered in an airtight container for up to four days, meaning if the night before Halloween you know you're going to be way too busy to bake, you can whip these up a few days ahead of time.
Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
When you’re having company, it’s always good to have a dairy-free version of whatever you’re making on hand. Thankfully, Minimalist Baker’s vegan pumpkin cookies are still packed with flavor—and just the right amount of sweetness thanks to vegan butter and almond milk. Bonus points that this cookie is kind of like a pumpkin spice latte in dessert form.
Mini Monster Chocolate Whoopie Pies
These homemade chocolate whoopie pies from Melanie Makes are fancied up for Halloween with an orange cream filling. Most times, a sugary frosting isn't exactly good for you—but this version happens to be made with TruMoo Orange Scream milk, which is packed with calcium and potassium. We love a healthy surprise. The tiny cookies are the perfect size for kiddos, so they'd be ideal to whip up for your little ones and their friends (but they'd be equally delicious on your adult Halloween party's dessert table).
Witches' Hats Cookies
If you literally have 15 minutes to pull together something sweet, take this semi-homemade route. Hershey's Kisses, sprinkles, and colored cream cheese frosting turn ultra-thin Oreos into the most darling witches' hats. If you have a bit more time, opt to make your own favorite frosting to serve as "glue" for the cookies. You can also make Chelsea's Messy Apron's other four-ingredient cookies for a larger dessert spread, including monster eyeballs, witches brooms, and bat bites.