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Halloween Cookies: Easy Ways to Decorate

Icing and candy are all you need to transform an ordinary batch of homemade or store-bought cookies from plain to Halloween-ready. We'll show you how to make Halloween cookies that are scary and bewitching with designs like monsters, pumpkins, spiders, cats, and skeletons, plus much more.

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    • Halloween Cookie Ideas

      Stop here for creative Halloween cookie ideas that are sure to be the hit of your next party. All of our decorations start with store-bought sugar cookies. The fun is in the frosting!

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

    • Frankenstein Halloween Cookie

      Make a monstrously fun Halloween sugar cookie with this Frankenstein idea. Use a spatula to layer on green frosting in a rough rectangle shape. Place two red chocolate-coated candies at the top of the monster's head as shown. Place two brown chocolate-coated candies 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.

    • Cauldron Halloween Cookie

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

    • 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 eyes, then pipe on a few more rounds of white frosting.

    • 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 as shown. Trim black licorice to make eyes, a nose, and a toothy mouth, and press the pieces into the frosting.

    • Spider Halloween Cookie

      A cookie on a cookie takes this spider design to new heights. Frost your cookie with bright green icing. Pipe on eight legs, allowing them to meet in the cookie's center. Press on a chocolate sandwich cookie for the spider's body, and use a dab of icing to secure orange eyes on top.

    • Eek Cookie

      Share one of Halloween's favorite phrases on a super-easy cookie design. Frost your cookie with bright green icing. Pipe on the "eek" phrase with white frosting. Carefully place brown sprinkles around the outside of the cookie, using a pair of tweezers to remove any that fall out of place.

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

    • Spiderweb 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 web (mark seven end points for the web on the edge of the cookie and 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 and press into the cookie.

    • Flying Bat Halloween Cookie

      Take flight with a bat-theme Halloween cookie idea. Spread orange frosting all over your cookie for the background. Pipe on a brown outline for the bat, then fill in with additional brown frosting as shown.

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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 to serve as the background of your cookie. Starting from the center, pipe on a continuous spiral of brown icing. Press orange chocolate-coated candies around the edge.

      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 basic heart or 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 to serve as the stem and press into the cookie.

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      Large Spider Cookie

      Watch this guy crawl off the tray -- he's sure to be a Halloween cookie favorite! Trim black licorice to form eight thin spider legs. Use a generous dollop of frosting to secure them in the center of your sugar cookie. Press on a chocolate-mint candy. Pipe two eyes from orange frosting.

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      Ghost Halloween Cookie

      Never fear this friendly ghost, featuring candy eyes and a licorice mouth. Spread white frosting in a basic ghost shape as shown (it's easiest to pipe the shape first, then fill in with the frosting). Press in two chocolate candies for the eyes and a trimmed piece of red licorice for the mouth.

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      Gravestone Halloween Cookie

      We picked "RIP," but you can say anything you like on your cookie gravestone. Spread brown frosting into a gravestone shape as shown (it's easiest to pipe the shape first, then fill in with frosting). Pipe on a phrase with white frosting. Spread on green frosting to serve as the grass, and 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 into a cat shape as shown (it's easiest to pipe the shape first, then fill in with frosting). Press in two yellow chocolate-coated candies as eyes and two pieces of licorice as the mouth. Pipe on brown frosting as eye pupils and the nose, and finish with white frosting to make whiskers.

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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.

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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 "boo" phrase. Carefully place brown sprinkles around the outside of the cookie, using a pair of tweezers to remove any that fall out of place.

      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 cookie -- a giant gorilla has already called dibs. 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.

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      Pumpkin Halloween Cookie

      Ramp up an orange frosted pumpkin cookie with white candy-coated chocolate pieces arranged as pumpkin ridges. A piece of green licorice and a green candy-coated 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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      Monster Face Halloween Cookie

      Fill a pastry bag with black-tinted royal icing and pipe on the monster's face; let dry. Carefully pipe on an outline of green icing, and use a small spoon or paintbrush to cover 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 will be the cat's meow. To make, coat a cookie with orange frosting. Place a black candy-coated chocolate piece in the center for the cat's nose. Put two red candies above it for the eyes. For the mouth, use one thin slice of a red gumdrop cut into quarters. Place pieces of black string licorice around the nose for the whiskers. To complete, roll out two black gumdrops, and cut two triangles from the flattened candies for ears.

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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 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 licorice strings for the witch's hair and a 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.

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      Licorice Spiral Pumpkin Cookie

      The black licorice on this Halloween cookie adds a nice anise flavor -- a change of taste from typical treats. To make, wrap lengths of black string licorice into spirals for a polka-dot pumpkin cookie. A piece of green licorice and a green candy-coated 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 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

      Make a black-and-white pumpkin cookie for a fresh spin on a holiday classic. To decorate, spread white frosting on your cookie and add black string licorice as ridges. A piece of green licorice forms the stem of this easy Halloween treat.

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      Frankenstein Cookie

      This Frankenstein cookie will bring any Halloween party to life. To make, spread a square of green frosting on top of a cookie. For the hair, cut tiny pieces of black string licorice, and 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 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, use a piece of black string licorice for the mouth and slices of regular black licorice for the eyes (positioned with the cut ends facing up). A piece of green licorice and green candy-coated 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, place a black gumdrop in the center for the spider's body. Cut short lengths of black string licorice for the legs, and place them around the center. Using a dab of frosting, attach two red candy eyes to the gumdrop. Finish with two small pieces of string licorice as fangs.

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      Candy-Face Goblin Cookie

      Rarely are monsters this sweet! To make, top a cookie with green frosting. Loop a piece of black string licorice to make the goblin's mouth. Slice the bottoms off two white gumdrops for eyes, and place them above the mouth. Use a dab of frosting to attach two black jelly beans for pupils. Finish with a candy corn nose and candy corn eyebrows.

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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, place white candy-coated chocolate pieces on top of black licorice spirals for eyes. Use short pieces of black string licorice to create arched eyebrows. A piece of green licorice and a green candy-coated chocolate piece form the stem.

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      Candy Jack-o'-Lantern Cookie

      This smiling jack-o'-lantern gets its start with a layer of orange icing. To make, use two candy corn pieces for the eyes, a black candy-coated chocolate piece for the nose, and small square candies for the mouth. Top with half 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 with royal icing. Let the outlines dry slightly, then fill in the shapes with the respective icing colors. Add two orange mini candy-coated chocolate pieces for eyes.

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