Halloween has this way of creeping up on you—one year I was so strapped for time I actually picked up pre-made cookies and passed them off as my own at a friend's costume party (shh—don't tell). And since we’ve already mentioned that October 31 is a weeknight this year, we know your prep time for any All Hallow’s Eve treat is pretty limited—so let us introduce you to Halloween cookies you can actually whip up yourself. 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 cutesy and perfect for little ones and Halloween lovers alike while others are representative of the season—pumpkin, anyone? And with healthier and even all-vegan options, 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—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 (hello, amazing). 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.
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. Bonus points that this cookie is kind of like a pumpkin spice latte in dessert form.
Mini Monster Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Homemade chocolate whoopie pies are fancied up for Halloween with an orange cream filling. Lots of times, a sugary frosting isn’t all too good for you—but this version happens to be made with TrueMoo Orange Scream milk, which is packed with calcium and potassium. We love a healthy surprise.
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.
Do you have favorite Halloween cookies that you make every year? Be sure to share your top recipes in the comments. Up next: the best spooky Halloween party decorations.