Halloween may be all about candy, but we're big fans of cookies for every holiday, too. These delicious baked goods are frighteningly easy to make and near impossible to resist. They make a fun activity for kids this Halloween season, and are a great addition to your autumn cookie jar. Whether you're baking desserts for a Halloween costume party, or need a grab-and-go snack for your kids before they go trick or treating, these cookies are the perfect treat.
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It's frighteningly easy to create these sweet chocolate cookies adorned with creepy cobweb decorations. The "spiderwebs" are actually marshmallows that you melt and stretch over the baked and cooled cookies. It's a simple technique that is sure to wow at any Halloween party. For an extra scare, decorate the serving platter with creepy-looking plastic spiders or Jack O'Lanterns.
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There's a surprise inside of these plump, pillowy peanut butter cookies. Each one hides an entire fun-size Snickers candy bar, just like the kind you hand out to trick-or-treaters. They're the ultimate Halloween treat for peanut-loving candy bar aficionados. You can get the kids involved in forming the cookies, and helping you use the microwave oven to melt the chocolate drizzle for topping cookies.
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Feline like a treat this October? Bring your kids into the kitchen to help you decorate a batch of these cute black cat cookies. They're easy to assemble by dunking store-bought sandwich cookies into melted chocolate, and applying candy toppings to create kittycat faces. Black cats have never been so lucky!
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Imagine the best chocolate chip cookies you ever tasted... and then imagine them with a big boost of fall pumpkin flavor. A scoop of pumpkin puree adds pillowy softness, and extra sweetness, to a classic chocolate chip cookie dough. Tahini brings in a nutty element that beautifully balances the other flavors.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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These cookies combine two kid-favorite treats: chocolate brownies and M&Ms. Fudgy and chewy on the inside with nicely crispy edges and studded with your choice of chocolate or peanut M&Ms, these cookies are perfect for school lunchboxes or the cookie jar. Serve them with a big glass of milk for the after-school snack of children's dreams.
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The best way to not be afraid of ghosts? Turn them into adorable cookies! These spooky spectres are actually fluffy-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside meringues that are dipped in melted chocolate flavored with your choice of baking extract and dressed up with crunchy toppings. Make them the centerpiece of your Halloween party dessert table or a fun reward for kids who finish their homework this fall.
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Talk about a monster your kids will love! Just like Frankenstein's creature, these Halloween-worthy cookies are enormous in size and include a freaky mash-up of ingredients. They start off as classic oatmeal cookie, but morph into a deliciously different treat when you fold in chopped peanuts, chocolate chunks, and colorful candy-coated chocolate pieces. You can even add candy eyeballs on top, to make it appear the cookies are "looking" back at you when you bite into them.
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You don't need black magic—just a microwave oven—to whip up a weirdly winning batch of skull-shaped fudge rounds. In no time at all, you can melt the ingredients and place them in the oven to chill, while you work on putting the finishing touches on your Halloween costume. Soon enough, it will be time to cut out fudge rounds and decorate their frightening faces with melted chocolate and candy sprinkles.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Flavored with real pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice, and topped with a crackly cinnamon and sugar crust, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies are a cozy twist on a classic snickerdoodle. They make a fabulous fall treat with your afternoon cup of tea or coffee, or a tasty snack you can munch on while watching scary movies this All Hallows' Eve.
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Got leftover candy from your trick or treating stash? Transform it into delicious bar cookies. Use any fun-sized candy bars in this easy Halloween cookie recipe that includes rolled oats, for a sneaky boost of healthy fiber. They taste great with a tall glass of milk, and are great for adding to kids' school lunch bags, too.
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These gruesome baked and boiled cookie "bones" are a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead treat that is perfectly suited to the Halloween season. Dust them generously with powdered sugar and serve on a platter with other ghoulish delights at all your grown-up costume parties.
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Actually a cookie sandwich, "whoopie pies" have been a favorite American snack for over a century. This Halloween-ready version includes soft, moist, nicely-spiced pumpkin cookies surrounding a sweet, creamy, and fluffy vanilla filling. You can use a whoopie pie pan to shape the cookies or simply drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheets for the oven.