Halloween candy is a given. But you can surprise the costumed kids (and adults) in your life by forgoing the packaged treats and whipping up some simple goodies made with only three ingredients.
We’ve even included a few healthy Halloween cookies in our roundup to keep things interesting.
They’re frightfully good: Our 16 favorite 3-ingredient Halloween cookies
This Halloween, we’re wishing you a stress-free holiday with more treats than tricks.
Take a load off and try one of these 3-ingredient cookie recipes:
1. Bloody hatchets
You can’t ask for much more than a creepy treat that’s good enough to eat. The edible blood on the cookies is made using red food coloring — easy.
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2. ‘Butterfinger’ cookies
What do you call a homemade three-ingredient cookie that looks like the Halloween candy everyone’s hoping to eat? A stroke of genius.
3. Candy corn cookies
And yet, there are still people who prefer what might be the most controversial Halloween candy. These rare birds may get a kick out of a ridiculously easy take on a Halloween cookie: candy corn pressed into a Hershey’s Kiss atop a pretzel.
4. Chocolate chip pumpkin cookies
Thank a box of spice cake mix for making the simplicity of this festive fall recipe possible.
5. Chocolate pumpkin kiss cookies
Finally, a solution for all the extra Hershey’s kisses no one seems keen on eating. Put them in the center of a devil’s food cake cookie (so apropos) and serve them up.
6. Cookies n’ cream mummy bark
School-age kiddos are going to love this tricky treat. Spooky mummy bark “cookies” made with Oreos, white chocolate chips, and candy eyes for effect.
7. Ghost meringues
These ghost meringue cookies whipped from egg whites are as tasty as they are eerie.
8. Healthy pumpkin cookies
You can still have your Halloween treat and eat it too, even if you’re watching what you’re eating. Try healthy pumpkin cookies made from fresh pumpkin, gluten-free quick oats, and a sugar substitute.
9. Halloween candy fudge
Chocolate chips, chocolate frosting, and assorted Halloween candy — oh my. This is the sugar-packed recipe your inner (and actual) child will go crazy for.
10. M&M cookies
Why mess with a good thing? Put candy into a cookie made from box cake mix, and everybody wins.
11. Monster Rice Krispies
Hats off to all things premade on Halloween. Dress up premade Rice Krispies treats with candy melts and candy eyeballs — and it totally counts as a cookie.
12. No-bake pumpkin truffles
Because the last thing you want is to be slaving over a hot oven as trick-or-treaters line up at your door: These no-bake pumpkin truffles are easy to make ahead.
13. Pumpkin dog cookies
Keep dogs away from the (highly toxic) Halloween candy by baking them their own autumnal goodies made from puréed pumpkin.
14. Sandwich cookies
Store-bought chocolate chip cookies filled with buttercream frosting is a nearly effortless treat that’s hard to beat. Put on the finishing touch with Halloween sprinkles.
15. Skeleton bones
Spooky skeleton bones (on the spectrum of Halloween cookies) are made from pretzel sticks and mini marshmallows. These cadaverous treats can be used as a decorative centerpiece — though we predict they’ll be gone in minutes.
16. Vegan bloody cups
This Halloween cookie interpretation includes the only type of blood that is vegan-friendly: faux blood made from frozen raspberries, wrapped up in yummy vegan baking chocolate.
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