These mini Halloween cookies are the perfect sugar cookie recipe to enjoy at any Halloween-themed party, potluck, or gathering. They are soft and chewy, frosting with buttercream frosting and candy sprinkles.
There are a lot of things I love about Halloween, but sweet treats are my favorite. Of course, ghoulish appetizers with ketchup for blood and hot dogs for various body parts are popular, but I just love to make adorable, Halloween-themed treats when All Hallow’s Eve rolls around. One of my favorite recipes to make is these delicious min sugar cookies decorated with colored buttercream frosting. They’re the perfect treat to balance the gore of the season, and the combination of sugar cookie and buttercream frosting can’t be beat!
These mini Halloween cookies start with a simple sugar cookie dough that bakes up golden, soft, and chewy every time thanks to the sour cream that I make them with. When they’re all done, I frost them with buttercream frosting that I’ve colored in black, purple, and orange to fit the season. When they’re all done, I have soft, chewy, and sweet sugar cookies that are made even sweeter with rich, creamy buttercream frosting. Oh, they’re so good, fit the season perfectly, and always a big hit!
Why You’ll Love These Mini Halloween Cookies
- They are small and bite-size so they are perfect for parties, potlucks, or an afternoon snack.
- They’re easy to make and fun to decorate with all the festive Halloween candy sprinkles, and fun food coloring perfect for the holiday.
- They are absolutely delicious, soft and chewy, and are made without any eggs.
Halloween Cookies Ingredients
You’ll only need some basic baking ingredients to make these cookies. You’ll find everything you need either in your pantry or at your local grocery store.
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Vegetable oil
- Sour cream
- Vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
- Orange, purple, and black food coloring
- Holiday sprinkles
- Coarse sugar
How to Make Halloween Cookies
This recipe is so easy to make. The sugar cookie dough is simple, as is the buttercream frosting. These adorable cookies come together quickly, and even beginners can make them.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking sheet or two.
Step 2: Combine the Dry Cookie Ingredients
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl and set aside.
Step 3: Combine the Wet Cookie Ingredients
Beat the butter, oil, and sour cream together on medium speed in a large bowl for a minute. Then, add the sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth.
Step 4: Make the Cookie Dough
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low speed just until the dough forms a ball.
Step 5: Flatten and Bake
Roll the dough into ¾-inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Then, spray the bottom of a glass with nonstick spray and gently press each cookie down to flatten them a bit. Bake for 8 minutes.
Step 6: Cool
Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Step 7: Make the Frosting
Cream the butter, milk, and vanilla together in a medium mixing bowl. Then, gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy. Divide the frosting into three bowls and add orange, purple, and black food coloring to each bowl respectively. Gradually add as much food coloring as you like to reach your desired color intensity.
Step 8: Decorate
When the cookies have cooled completely, frost them with a generous amount of frosting. Then, sprinkle them with festive holiday sprinkles. Let the frosting set up and enjoy!
- Fully soften your butter for the best cookie and frosting texture.
- Let your cookies cool completely before adding frosting, or it will melt.
- Gradually add the powdered sugar rather than dumping it in. This allows it to fully incorporate for rich, creamy frosting.
- Use different food coloring to make cookies for any holiday.
- Try adding toffee chips to the cookie dough for even more delicious flavor.
- For universal cookies for any occasion, don’t color the frosting.
What to Serve with Halloween Cookies
These delicious cookies are perfect with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. They’re also the perfect complement to other Halloween-themed cupcakes and other sweet treats or with spooky savory appetizers.
Candy became a popular treat for Halloween after World War II when sugar rationing ended. Candy manufacturers began to make candy as a convenient alternative to homemade goodies. And, candy was easy to buy, affordable, and easy to distribute, and quickly became a Halloween staple.
More moisture creates chewier cookies. So adding extra moisture will lead to chewier cookies.
Pumpkin pie is the most popular food of any kind served during Halloween.
You can. Both sugar cookies and buttercream frosting freeze very well. These cookies will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
How to Store Halloween Cookies
Store these cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days at room temperature. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 3 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container.
Try This Delicious Mini Halloween Sugar Cookie Recipe Today
These min Halloween sugar cookies are so easy to make and so delicious. They’re also loaded with black, purple, and orange buttercream frosting for a festive Halloween look. Sweet, soft, and chewy, these delicious cookies are a welcome addition to any Halloween party or as a sweet treat to keep on hand throughout the Halloween season. Give these a try, and I know you’ll fall in love with them.
More Holiday Themed Sugar Cookies You’ll Enjoy
Here are some Christmas Sugar Cookies that had been a family tradition for over 40 years. These sugar cookies are absolutely delicious and they are frosted with a buttercream frosting and candy sprinkles.
- Preheat the oven to 350° and lightly grease a baking sheet(s).
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, beat butter, oil and sour cream together on medium speed using an electric mixer, or a stand mixer, for one minute.
- Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
- Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix on low speed just until dough forms a ball.
- Roll the dough into about ¾ inch size dough balls and place on the prepared baking sheets.
- Spray the bottom of a glass with non-stick cooking spray and gently press each cookie to flattened them a bit.
- Bake for 8 minutes.
- Remove cookies from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes and then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a medium mixing bowl, cream butter, milk and vanilla together. Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Divide the frosting into three bowls and add orange food coloring to one bowl, purple to another, and black to the third. Stir the food coloring and add additional food coloring to get desired results.
- Once cookies have cooled completely, frost cookies with a generous amount of frosting, then sprinkle with festive holiday sprinkles.
- Let the frosting setup then place cookies in a container for storing and place parchment paper in between the layers.
Here are a few pics that are perfect to save to your favorite Pinterest boards on Pinterest.