Halloween is all about creativity (Costumes! Decorations! Desserts!), and nowhere does that shine through more than in stylized and delectable cookies. Whether you’re in the mood for an ooey, gooey, sugary treat or a healthier alternative to Halloween candy, you can find it in the plethora of cookie recipes at your fingertips. These 35 recipes showcase the spectrum of flavor and cuteness (or spookiness) that Halloween is known for.


1. Oatmeal Pumpkin Creme Pies: These buttery, sweet confections consist of pumpkin spice frosting sandwiched between two gooey oatmeal cookies. They’re basically a holiday for your taste buds, and are both fun to make and easy to devour. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)


2. Monster Cookie Sticks: Take your favorite cookie recipe and make it into an easy-to-display finger food that’s cute and creepy at the same time. Any cookie dough recipe can be made into a googly-eyed monster with the use of royal icing, candy eyes, rubber bands and food coloring. (via The Decorated Cookie)


3. Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cookies: This delicious recipe makes use of two separate cookie doughs that taste just like the season. When combined, the two doughs form a perfect pairing of chocolate and pumpkin spice. (via Created by Diane)


4. Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookie Cups: Here’s another pumpkin spice-based recipe to satisfy your fall cravings. These oatmeal cookie cups are topped off with Pumpkin Spice Hershey’s Kisses, making them a uniquely seasonal treat. (via Crazy for Crust)

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5. 100-Percent Whole Wheat Halloween Sugar Cookies: Even clean eaters need to indulge once in awhile — it’s healthy for the soul! If you’re looking for a whole wheat alternative, try these sweet treats, which are made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, unrefined sugar, and organic eggs. (via Eat Good 4 Life)

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6. Two-Bite Nutella Chocolate Cookies: Who doesn’t love the rich taste of hazelnut around Halloween time? These Nutella-based chocolate cookies are perfect for nut lovers everywhere. (via The Kitchn)


7. Halloween Thumbprint Cookies: Thumbprint cookies are a classic, and these cute little guys are filled with orange and green icing that makes them perfect for Halloween festivities. You’ll probably pop a few too many of these… (via A Family Feast)


8. Lofthouse Soft Sugar Sprinkles Cookies: Who says Lofthouse cookies are reserved for Christmastime? These soft, sweet beauties are interspersed with peanut butter cookie dough, giving them some fall flavor while they remain soft and fluffy. (via Averie Cooks)

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9. Happy Little Ghost Sugar Cookies: Looking to take your Halloween cookie decorating to the next level? Try these ghost-inspired creations, which are easy to make with your favorite sugar cookie dough. (via Sarah’s Bake Studio)


10. Halloween Monster Cookies: These Halloween-time favorites give the term “monster cookies” a whole new meaning. No, they don’t look like monsters, but they’re stuffed with peanut butter, oats, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips, cinnamon, and vanilla. WOW! (via Blahnik Baker)


11. Halloween Gingerbread Cookies: These adorable cookies are made with gingerbread and frosted with royal icing. You can use this icing technique to design all manner of ghoul and goblin-inspired treats for your Halloween celebration. (via Sweetopia)


12. Blood Spatter Cookies: If you’re tired of cutesy Halloween decorations and seeking something spooky instead, decorate your favorite treats with this blood spatter idea. It’s just scary enough to look cool without taking away from the sweetness beneath. (via Annie’s Eats)


13. Homemade Halloween Oreo Cookies: If you love the taste of Oreos (and really, who doesn’t?), then you’ll love these homemade Halloween-themed versions. After making the cookies themselves, whip up some sweet orange and green frosting and press it between two cookies to complete this delicious dessert sandwich. (via Smells Like Home)


14. Pumpkin Spice Roll-Out Sugar Cookies: Here’s another pumpkin spice recipe for all of the PSL lovers out there. These delicious cookies have been crafted into adorable pumpkin shapes for an extra special effect. (via Life’s a Batch)


15. Halloween Pinwheel Cookies: Multi-tonal and totally fun, these pinwheel cookies are a major kid-pleaser. They feature two creepy colors — green and purple — for a perfectly Halloween-y look. (via The Simple Parent)


16. Salted Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Cookies: These babies are not for the faint of heart — they’re simply bursting with flavor! If you love salted caramel, you’ll love these confections, which also feature rich chocolate and a soft, gooey texture. (via Live Love and Sugar)


17. Gooey Eye Monster Cookies: They’re watching you. Just kidding — but seriously. Each of these delicious cookies has an eye right in its center (or all over it!), making for the perfect party dish. (via Lil’ Luna)


18. Mummy Meringue Cookies: These whipped creations look just like little mummies, but they taste like sweet meringue. They’re super easy to make — all you need are egg whites, vanilla, cream of tartar, and powdered sugar. (via Sweet and Savory by Shinee)


19. BOO! Bites: These mini shortbread cookies are perfect for popping throughout the evening. But be careful: They’re so tiny and delicious, you may end up eating 15 of them without even knowing it! They’re made with shortbread and sprinkles, for the perfect Halloween look. (via Seeded at the Table)


20. Trick-or-Treat Cookies: These cookies contain a sweet surprise on the inside. You’d never know it from their outward appearance, but they’re stuffed with tiny candies. Talk about a sweet Halloween treat! (via Not Martha)


21. Monster Eye Halloween Cookies: Combine monster eyes with pinwheel cookies and you’ll have these adorable Halloween treats. Swirled with red food coloring and topped off with candy eyes, these confections are a treat for both the eyes *and* the taste buds. (via Just a Taste)


22. Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies: These aren’t your average chocolate chip cookies. They have a fudgy, brownie-like consistency and are topped with Halloween-colored sprinkles for all your October 31 needs. (via Barbara Bakes)


23. Attack of Spider Cookies: Spiders might give you the creepy-crawlies, but Rocher truffles sure don’t. These cookies are made from truffles, candy eyes, peanut butter, sugar, and chocolate chips. That makes them delicious, cute, and completely un-creepy. (via OMG Chocolate Desserts)

24. Mummy Pumpkin Cookies: These Pop Tart-inspired cookies are made with pastry dough, cream cheese, and pumpkin puree. Add some candy eyes, and they are the *perfect* Halloween sweet snack. (via OMG Chocolate Desserts)

25. Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies: These chocolate chip cookies are easy to bake, but they require a tiny bit of attention to detail when it comes to drawing the spider legs. You can totally do it though — all you need is a pastry bag with a super-tiny hole. (via Tastes Better from Scratch)

26. Candy Corn Colored French Macarons: These tri-colored French macarons are going to be the talk of the Halloween party. Pro tip: Make the batters separately rather than making them all together and then separating them. Otherwise, you’ll risk over-beating half the batter. (via Persia Lou)

27. Vampire Sugar Cookies: These frighteningly cute cookies look like they have a pair of vampire fangs. The trick? They’re filled with sweet raspberry jelly. (via Ashlee Marie)

28. Nutter Butter Boos: These ADORABLE peanut butter-filled treats are full of Halloween aesthetic, but though they look uber-decorative, they’re ridiculously easy to make. In fact, they only require three ingredients: Nutter Butters, almond bark (or white chocolate), and chocolate. (via Homemade Interest)

29. Little Devils Meringue Cookies: These meringue cookies aren’t ideal for handing out to trick-or-treaters (they are meringue, after all), but they’d be a great conversation piece for your Halloween party. (via Wilton)

30. Silly Decorated Monster Cookies: Get creative with these playful monster cookies. They’re essentially just decorated sugar cookies, so really, anything goes — let your imagination run wild to create all manner of Halloween ghouls and goblins. (via Sweet Sugar Belle)

31. Halloween Macarons: Here’s another iteration of spooky macarons you can try. These are a little more elegant, featuring light orange coloring for pumpkins and ivory tones for skeletons. And the filling? Chocolate ganache. (via Lauren Conrad)

32. Candy Corn Swirl Cookies: These soft, buttery sugar cookies are visually stunning and totally seasonal — yet really easy to make. Food coloring gives them their colors, so all you really have to do is separate the batter into three sections, dye it, swirl everything together, and then bake. (via The Simple, Sweet Life)

33. Poison Apple Sugar Cookies: Sugar cookie ingredients, food coloring, some apple-shaped cutouts, and your imagination are all you need to create these fun fall treats. Bonus points for the gold-tinged apple leaf. (via Angelica Made Me)

34. Dark Chocolate Halloween Chip Cookies: And now for something that is definitively NOT a sugar cookie: a super dark chocolate cookie stuffed with chocolate chips. (via House of Nash Eats)

35. Classic Halloween Macarons: Last but not least is a delightfully simple macaron look that’s classically Halloween. Allowing the macarons to dry for at least 20 minutes after you’ve piped them onto your baking sheet is imperative. (via Landeelu)

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