Halloween Cookies: Easy Ways to Decorate

Craving Halloween cookies? All you need is icing, candy, and a little bit of ghoulish creativity. We'll show you how to decorate Halloween sugar cookies that are scary yet sweet, with designs like monsters, pumpkins, spiders, cats, skeletons, and more.

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    Halloween Cookie Ideas

    Stop here for personalized Halloween cookies that are sure to be the hit of your next party. All of our decorations start with store-bought sugar cookies. Frost 'em yourself, or turn decorating into a fun Halloween party activity.

    Halloween Cookie Tips: Store decorated Halloween cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

     

     

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    Frankenstein Halloween Cookie

    Frankly, you can make monstrously fun Halloween sugar cookies with this Frankenstein idea. Use a spatula to layer on green frosting in a rough rectangle shape. Place two red candy-coated milk chocolate pieces at the top of the monster's head. Place two brown candy-coated milk chocolate pieces as eyes. Fill a pastry bag with brown-tinted icing and pipe on hair, a single eyebrow, a nose, and a smile. A bit of white frosting provides the goofy tooth.

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    Cauldron Halloween Cookie

    You'll bubble over with excitement at this cauldron-theme Halloween cookie. Pipe the outline for the cauldron with brown-tinted icing. Fill in the pot with more brown icing, and top with green candy-coated milk chocolate pieces to represent overflowing bubbles.

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    Mummy Halloween Cookie

    This guy's spooky eyes are hidden behind piped-on bandages! A flat pastry tip provides the special effects for this mummified Halloween cookie. Run a few lengths of white frosting across your cookie, push in two green candy eyes, then pipe on a few more rounds of frosting.

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    Skeleton Halloween Cookie

    Little ghouls will grin at this not-so-frightful skeleton cookie. Use a spatula to layer on white frosting in a simple skull shape. Trim black licorice to make eyes, a nose, and a toothy mouth, then press the pieces into the frosting. Not long after you set out the tray of Halloween cookies, the plate will be bare as bones. 

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    Spider Halloween Cookie

    A cookie on a cookie takes this spider design to new heights—and no guest will complain about getting two Halloween cookies! Frost the cookie with bright green icing, then pipe on eight legs using brown frosting. Press on a chocolate sandwich cookie for the spider's body, and use a dab of icing to secure orange candy eyes on top.

     

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    Eek Cookie

    Share one of Halloween's favorite phrases on a super-easy cookie design. Frost your cookie with bright green icing. Use white frosting to pipe on the letters. Carefully place brown sprinkles around the outside of the cookie (use tweezers to remove any that fall out of place). Your guests will shriek with delight at these adorable Halloween cookies.

    Editor's Tip: Start with the center "e", then pipe on the other letters to ensure your phrase is centered.

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    Spider Web Halloween Cookie

    Get caught up in the web of fun on this cookie. Spread brown frosting all over your cookie for the background. Pipe on a white frosting web (mark seven end points for the web on the edge of the cookie, then work your way in). Push a chocolate-covered candy into the web for the spider's body, and pipe on white eyes. Cut green licorice to serve as spider legs, press them into the cookie, and watch as these Halloween treats crawl off the tray.

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    Flying Bat Halloween Cookie

    Take flight with this bat-theme Halloween cookie idea. Spread orange frosting all over your cookie for the background. Pipe on a brown frosting outline for the bat, then fill in with additional frosting. We promise: Your guests will go batty for these cute Halloween treats!

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    Hypnotic Halloween Cookie

    You are getting sleepy—but resist the urge to give in with a hypnotic-theme Halloween cookie that's a cinch to design. Spread white frosting for the background of your cookie. Starting from the center, pipe on a continuous spiral of brown icing. Press orange candy-coated milk chocolate pieces around the edge. We love the orange and brown color combo, but you can make these Halloween cookies with any color icing and candy you have on hand.

    Halloween Cookie Tip: Use a spatula or table knife to spread frosting evenly on tops of cooled cookies.

     

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    Pumpkin Halloween Cookie

    Celebrate a seasonal favorite with a pumpkin cookie design. Spread orange frosting in a pumpkin shape in the center of your cookie. Pipe on brown icing to form the outline and create a few pumpkin ridges. Trim a green licorice piece for the stem and press into the frosting. Though perfect for the holiday, these Halloween cookies can be made all autumn long.

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    Large Spider Cookie

    The best Halloween cookies are both cute and creepy, so this guy is sure to be a Halloween cookie favorite. Trim black licorice to form eight thin spider legs. Use a generous dollop of frosting to secure the legs in the center of your sugar cookie. Press on a chocolate-covered mint patty. Pipe two eyes using orange frosting. 

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    Ghost Halloween Cookie

    Never fear this friendly ghost who sports candy eyes and a licorice mouth. Spread white frosting in a basic ghost shape (pipe the shape first, then fill in with frosting). Press in two chocolate candies for the eyes and a trimmed piece of red shoestring licorice for the mouth. These Halloween cookies will disappear quickly!

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    Gravestone Halloween Cookie

    We picked "RIP," but you can say anything you like on your cookie gravestone—your personalized cookie might be more fun than frightening! Spread brown frosting in a gravestone shape (pipe the shape first, then fill in with frosting). Pipe on a phrase with white frosting. Spread on green frosting for the grass, then use your spatula to artfully extend the grass tips.

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    Cat Halloween Cookie

    Make a "purrfectly" easy Halloween cookie with a silly cat face. Spread brown frosting in a cat shape (pipe the shape first, then fill in with frosting). Press in two yellow candy-coated milk chocolate pieces for eyes and two pieces of shoestring licorice for the mouth. Pipe on brown frosting eye pupils and nose, and finish with white frosting to make whiskers. You won't have any bad luck with these black cat Halloween cookies!

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    Jack-O'-Lantern Basket Cookie

    Say trick-or-treat to this clever Halloween cookie idea. Spread orange frosting in a basic basket shape; outline with brown frosting. Pipe on additional details, such as a basket handle and opening, as well as jack-o'-lantern facial features. You can also “fill” the pumpkin basket with real or piped-on Halloween candy.

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    "Boo" Halloween Cookie

    No fear here: This frightful message is just for fun. Frost your cookie with orange frosting. Pipe on the letters using brown frosting. Carefully place brown sprinkles around the outside of the cookie (use tweezers to remove any that fall out of place). These Halloween cookies are boo-tifully simple.

    Editor's Tip: Start with the center "o," then pipe on the other letters to ensure your phrase is centered.

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    Gorilla Hand Cookie

    Grab on to this Halloween cookie—a giant gorilla has already called dibs. While these Halloween finger cookies might be creepy, they’re also delicious. Frost your cookie with green icing. Pipe on chocolate frosting to look like fingers grabbing the cookie from behind. Press in a whole almond for each fingernail. 

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    Basic Candy Halloween Cookie

    Go basic with a make-in-mass Halloween cookie design. Frost your cookie with bright orange icing. Press in brown chocolate-coated candies in a basic design, or choose any Halloween candy or design you like.

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    Pumpkin Halloween Cookie

    Ramp up an orange frosted pumpkin cookie with white candy-coated milk chocolate pieces arranged as pumpkin ridges. A piece of green licorice and a green candy-coated milk chocolate piece form the stem. Try these Halloween cookies for the holiday, then make another bunch just to celebrate fall.

    Editor's Tip: Stir paste food coloring instead of liquid food coloring into purchased white frosting to achieve a bright pumpkin-orange hue. Find paste food coloring in the cake-decorating aisle at a crafts store.

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    Monster Face Halloween Cookie

    This Halloween cookie is monstrously easy to make. Fill a pastry bag with black-tinted Royal Icing, then pipe on the monster's face; let dry. Carefully pipe on an outline of green Royal Icing, using a small spoon or paintbrush to add icing on the cookie surface between the black details and the green edge.

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    Cat Cookie Decoration

    With its cute decoration, this black-and-orange Halloween cookie is the cat's meow. To make, coat a cookie with orange frosting. Place a black candy-coated milk chocolate piece in the center for the cat's nose. Put two red candies above it for the eyes. For the mouth, use a slice of red gumdrop cut into quarters. Place pieces of black shoestring licorice around the nose for the whiskers. To complete, roll out two black gumdrops, and cut two triangles from the flattened candies for ears.

    Editor’s Tip: Choose your favorite gumdrop and candy colors for a "purrfectly" personalized cookie.

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    Spooky Skull Cookie

    No bones about it: This skull-decorated Halloween cookie is festively frightening. To make, pipe a skull shape onto the center of the cookie with white Royal Icing; let dry slightly. Spread a thin layer of white icing inside the skull shape; let dry slightly, then pipe on the black Royal Icing facial features; let dry. Pipe black icing around the outside of the skull and around the outside edge of the cookie; let dry slightly. Fill in the remaining area with a thin, even coat of black icing. 

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    Halloween Witch Cookie

    This smiling witch looks a bit mischievous. To make, ice a cookie with purple frosting, and use snips of red shoestring licorice for the witch's hair and mouth. Use two black jelly beans for eyebrows, white nonpareils for eyes, candy corn for the nose, a small red candy for the mole by her mouth, and a rolled-out black gumdrop cut into a triangle for a hat. See? These witch cookies are bewitchingly easy to make!

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    Licorice Spiral Pumpkin Cookie

    This Halloween sugar cookie is simple with a twist. The black licorice on the Halloween cookie adds a nice anise flavor—a change of taste from typical treats. To make, wrap lengths of black shoestring licorice into spirals for a polka-dot pumpkin cookie. A piece of green licorice and a green candy-coated milk chocolate piece form the stem.

    Editor's Tip: Stir paste food coloring instead of liquid food coloring into purchased white frosting to achieve a bright pumpkin-orange hue. Find paste food coloring in the cake-decorating aisle at a crafts store.

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    Wide-Eyed Halloween Cookie

    This wide-eyed Halloween cookie is almost too cute to eat. To make, pipe around the outside of the cookie with black icing; let dry slightly. Fill in with more black icing, and spread to cover the cookie with a thin, even coat. Create the eyes by cutting a marshmallow into thin slices; place the slices on top of the black icing before it dries. Use a dab of frosting to attach round black candies for pupils and short lengths of green licorice as eyebrows to create a worried expression.

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    Black-and-White Pumpkin Cookie

    Halloween cookies obviously don’t have to be orange, and neither do pumpkins. Make a black-and-white pumpkin cookie for a fresh spin on a holiday classic. To decorate, spread white frosting onto your cookie and add black shoestring licorice for the ridges. A piece of green licorice forms the stem of this easy Halloween treat.

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    Frankenstein Cookie

    This Frankenstein is a little more cute than creepy, so these Halloween cookies are great for kid parties. To make, spread a square of green frosting onto a cookie. Cut tiny pieces of black shoestring licorice for the hair, then place them along the top of the square. Roll out a black gumdrop and cut a jagged edge along one side; place on top of the black licorice pieces. Finish the face with various black candies for the eyes, mouth, and scars. Use a red miniature candy-coated milk chocolate piece for the nose. 

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    Smiling Jack-O'-Lantern Cookie

    Showcase this grinning pumpkin on the center of your platter of Halloween cookies. To make, cover your cookie with orange frosting. Use a piece of black shoestring licorice for the mouth. For the eyes, use slices of regular black licorice (position them with the cut ends facing up). A piece of green licorice and green candy-coated milk chocolate pieces form the stem.

    Editor's Tip: Stir paste food coloring instead of liquid food coloring into purchased white frosting to achieve a bright pumpkin-orange hue. Find paste food coloring in the cake decorating aisle at a crafts store.

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    Black Spider Cookie

    This is one spider you'll be happy to see among your Halloween sugar cookies. To make, cover the cookie with yellow frosting. Place a black gumdrop in the center for the spider's body. Cut short lengths of black shoestring licorice for the legs. Using a dab of frosting, attach two red candy eyes to the gumdrop. Finish with two small pieces of shoestring licorice for fangs, and your easy Halloween dessert is complete.

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    Candy-Face Goblin Cookie

    Rarely are monsters this sweet! To make, spread a cookie with green frosting. Loop a piece of black shoestring licorice to make the goblin's mouth. Slice the bottoms off two white gumdrops for eyes, placing them above the mouth. Use a dab of frosting to attach two black jelly beans for pupils. Finish with a candy corn nose and eyebrows—because Halloween cookies can always use extra candy corn!

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    Halloween Ghost Cookie

    This white pumpkin ghost might look frightened, but there's nothing scary about a platter of delicious Halloween cookies. To make this ghost's expressive face, cover a cookie with white frosting. For the eyes, use a dab of frosting to place white candy-coated milk chocolate pieces on top of black shoestring licorice spirals. Use short pieces of shoestring licorice for the arched eyebrows. A piece of green licorice and a green candy-coated milk chocolate piece form the stem. Make an extra batch so these Halloween cookies don’t fly away too quickly! 

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    Candy Jack-O'-Lantern Cookie

    The more icing, the better when it comes to Halloween sugar cookies! This smiling jack-o'-lantern gets its start with a layer of orange frosting. Use two candy corn pieces for the eyes, a black candy-coated milk chocolate piece for the nose, and small square candies for the mouth. Top with half of a green gumdrop for the stem. For the final touch, roll out two green gumdrops and cut into leaf shapes; place one on each side of the stem.

    Editor's Tip: Stir paste food coloring instead of liquid food coloring into purchased white frosting to achieve a bright pumpkin-orange hue. Find paste food coloring in the cake-decorating aisle at a crafts store.

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    Mummified Halloween Cookie

    All it takes to unwrap this tasty mummy cookie is a Halloween party guest with an appetite. To make, pipe the outlines of the green and black shapes using Royal Icing. Let the outlines dry slightly, then fill in the shapes with the respective icing colors. Add two orange mini candy-coated milk chocolate pieces for eyes.

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