Chocolate Halloween Cookies

Hello, friends! Are you excited to see some NORMAL chocolate cookies after all my experiments with lavender and Irish cream? I know. So do I.

I’m excited because today is some kind of my debut. This is the first Halloween idea I’ve ever posted on this blog.

Indeed, although I’ve made some Halloween treats in the past, these Chocolate Halloween Cookies, which are not whimsical at all, have been the most successful idea.

Once, a few years back, when I still had my Russian food blog, I decided to try one good idea. I wanted to carve faces in orange cups and filled them with homemade orange sorbet. Sounds not bad, eh? But please don’t ask me to share the results. Trust me, that was the most HIDEOUSLY looking dessert I ever made. It easily could have been on the Internet among the pictures grouped as “People what should be banned from cooking/people what should be ostracized from the kitchen for good. Btw, have you seen any of them? Take a look. Some of them are hilarious. Some of them are truly scary. I also realized that some people just don’t get any carving skills, and I was among those fellows.

I also remember our first Halloween in Canada. There’s a thing – although this holiday has been quite popular in Russia for a decade or so (Especially among the younger generation), the “trick or treat” tradition doesn’t exist.

So I was pumped to face all these kids first time in my life. We bought a huge jar of candy (two pounds, not less!) Certainly, Andrey had personally checked the quality of the treats removed some of them (He told the kids wouldn’t love these kinds anyway. I agree – kids normally don’t like chocolates with nuts and caramel, right?)

When the first group of the kids approached and knocked at the door, I grabbed the jar and generously divided the candy between them. Later I would realize that normally kids get a few treats at a time. Right.

Chocolate Halloween Cookies

I was generous. And by this I mean I grabbed almost a handful of the candy from the jar for each kid. Even though they were wearing costumes and masks, I am positive their eyes were round. Also, I clearly saw through the window that they said something to a new group which they met. I bet they said there was an insane guy with a huge jar of treats. I swear that second group started to run towards our house.

However, they weren’t that lucky because the jar was half empty, and I realized I needed to adjust the portions. Still, the second and third groups received more treats than an average kid would get.

By the way, I have a feeling that the first group stopped by once again later (pretending to visit us the first time), but they did get only some leftovers.

Oh boy, I had a fun that night!

But let’s talk about these Chocolate Halloween Cookies for a second. Honestly, I am often jealous of talented folks who can create Halloween masterpieces. As you already know, I suck at carving. Also, I’m not a huge fan of decorated and glazed cookies, so I opted for these simple yet delicious cookies which I made two ways. Even though these are not ghosts, vampires, or mummies, I think this is a nice Halloween (light) version of cookies.

So please grab a few and enjoy.

I mean, treat or trick! 


Chocolate Halloween Cookies

Category: Baking: Sweet, Cookies, Halloween, Holidays


    Basic Dough
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup brown or golden sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • about 2 cups pastry flour
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    First version (for 1/2 dough)
  • 2/3 cup m&m's or similar candy
  • 1/2 butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate chips
    Second version (for 1/2 dough)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • about 100-125 gr. dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • hallowen-themed sprinkles


  1. In a large bowl cream the butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt on low speed, 2 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and continue mixing until well incorporated and pale yellow color.
  3. Add the baking powder and soda. Gradually incorporate the flour and cocoa powder (add 1,5 cups of flour and 2/3 cacao first then adding more - you might not need all amount).
  4. Divide the dough into two parts and stir in the candy and chocolate for two versions.
  5. Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour but preferably longer.
  6. Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Cover baking sheets with parchment.
  7. Scoop out some dough and place onto the sheets. Place some additional M&M's and chocolate chips on the tops slightly pressing into the dough slightly flatten the cookies.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies.
  9. Cool 10 minutes before removing from the baking sheets. Completely cool.
  10. Melt the 100-125 gr. dark chocolate and stir in the butter. Dip the 2nd version of cookies (without m&m's) and sprinkle with...sprinkles!:)
  11. Enjoy!



16 thoughts on “Chocolate Halloween Cookies

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Ben, I think you’re too harsh on yourself. I’m sure your carved faces in orange cups filled with homemade orange sorbet weren’t that bad? We both must be thinking the same thing at the same time too, I was baking cookies at the weekend (although for a Christmas recipe, lol!) and was excited about that being my first recipe debut although not for Halloween. I’ll need to try yours out seeing as I forgot about Halloween. These cookies look great!

  2. I was starting to think you didn’t know how to make a recipe without lavender, Ben! ;) These cookies look delicious! You know I can’t eat them because of my pesky cocoa allergy, but I can admire these from afar! They are just perfect for Halloween! Cheers!

  3. Now these are my kind of Halloween treat! I love chocolate in any form, and these look so dark chocolatey and chewy, I can hardly resist. They beat a carved anything in my mind. I almost want to keep this photo on my computer screen all day. But that would be wrong, wouldn’t it? Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Now these are my kind of Halloween treat! I love chocolate in any form, and these look so dark chocolatey and chewy, I can hardly resist. They beat a carved anything in my mind. I almost want to keep this photo on my computer screen all day. But that would be wrong, wouldn’t it? Thanks for the recipe.

  5. These look so cute, Ben! Halloween is not really a thing here, but after seeing these I feel like we really should celebrate Halloween (or at least make Halloween cookies)!
    P.S. I feel you, I also have 0 carving skills :D

  6. HAHAHA! I want to see those pictures now! I bet those kids did come back for seconds. It drives me crazy when kids do that on Halloween. I don’t care how good the candy is, you don’t get more than one chance at it a year! I’m totally loving these cookies and if I trick or treat at your house I’ll take a few over a handful of candy any time. Have a great week, Ben!

  7. So what you’re saying, Ben, is that I need to come trick or treat at your house…but I need to be the first person to arrive. I can make that happen! I’ll dress as a food blogger! :-) Seriously, though, I love the Halloween traditions from the spooky stories to the trick-or-treating. We’re taking Robbie trick-or-treating for the first time this year, and I can’t wait. (He won’t have a clue what’s happening…that’ll come next year I suspect.) But since Halloween is still a week away, I think I might need a batch of these cookies to hold me over. They sound delicious, my friend!!
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  8. Yayyyy for this first Halloween idea, Ben! I am also not so good at craving, so I can totally empathize with you. My kiddo is an exception, she likes chocolate in any form. Well, I must say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. ;) These chocolate Halloween cookies look so perfect for Halloween, but I guess I can’t wait till Halloween to try these. Absolutely loving these chocolatey treats, so I must try them soon. Hope you had a great weekend. :)

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