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Halloween cookies with different halloween sprinkles and candy eyeballs.

Halloween Cookies

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 14 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Perfect for Halloween parties or treats for neighbors, these Halloween Cookies couldn’t be much easier! Festive sprinkles make these cookies perfect for any spooky celebration.



  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt*
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Halloween sprinkles


Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat liner.

In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together.

In another bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until it is smooth. Add the sugar and beat for a few minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat just until combined.

Add the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and beat just until it all comes together.

Use 2 tablespoon scoop to make a ball of dough. Roll the ball in the sprinkles, pressing them in with your hands to adhere them to the dough. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet, at least 2 inches apart.**

Bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges are set, but the centers are still soft. I like to bake the cookies one sheet at a time, but if baking both at the same time, rotate half way through the baking time.

Let the cookies cool for several minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to a cooling rack or a parchment lined surface to cool completely.

Recipe Notes:

Different sprinkles will produce different results. Our favorites are the longer jimmies. If there are any large sprinkles in your mix, or harder ball shaped sprinkles, they may melt and make more of a mess. They are all still delicious, but you may need to experiment with different sprinkles to get your desired texture.

*If using table salt, cut the amount down to 1/4 teaspoon.

**I like to make the dough taller instead of in a circle, which makes a thick, soft cookie.

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guide.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 197
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 141 mg
  • Fat: 9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 30 mg

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