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Halloween Cookie Recipe | Cauldron Cookie & Graveyard Cookie


When you’re at home with kids sometimes you have to make do with what you have. That’s how these cookies were made. The boys wanted a fun treat and to be able to make something fun so I pulled out all the Halloween decorating items I had. They turned out so yummy, fun, and memorable that we make them about twice a year.

What are your favorite Halloween cookies to make?

Luke, my oldest, has actually won a couple of awards in baking contests with these Cauldron Cookies. So if you are looking for a cookie decorating idea your kids can actually make, this is the one!

They can’t mess it up!

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What You Need to Make Halloween Cauldron Cookies & Graveyard Cookies

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To begin we are going to make the base of our cookies, which is the cookie. The decorating will come later on.

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Mix together

  • 1 Box Devil Food Cake Mix
  • 1/3 c Veg Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/3 c Mini Choc Chips (see next picture)

I like to fold in the chocolate chips. That way I can make sure the chips will be in each bit. No fast stirring for this part. Once you’re finished with this step go ahead and set your cookies in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

When your cookie dough is nice and chilled take it out of the fridge and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Scoop a spoonful of the dough and roll it into a 1-inch ball.

Place them onto a cookie sheet spacing so that when they bake the cookies don’t get stuck together. Keep working until all of your cookie dough is done.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until they are set but still going to be soft. Once they are finished take them out of the oven and let them cool on a rack until you’re ready for the next step.

On to the cookie decorating!

How to make a Graveyard Cookie for Halloween

This one is for the bigger kids with more hand-eye coordination.

First, chop up some almond bark and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt it in the microwave stirring every 15 seconds until the chocolate is melted. If the chocolate starts to look dry just add in a few drops of vegetable oil and mix.

Once your chocolate is melted then you will need to spoon it into a ziplock bag. Make sure it’s not super hot. I don’t want you to burn! Close the ziplock bag and snip a tiny bit of the end of the ziplock back. You decide how large you want the chocolate stream coming out. The size of the stream will determine the size of your hand (see pict below).

Draw a small hand onto the silicone mat. Once you have several drawn you can pop the tray into the freezer for a few seconds to set your chocolate hands.

Pipe some green buttercream frosting onto the top of your cookie. To make mine look like grass quickly I just made some lines. You do what looks good to you.

Take a popsicle stick and smooth out the middle of the frosting and poke a hole about half the way through your cookie. This will help to hold in the cute candy hands and make it look like it’s coming out of the earth.

You may have to break part of the end of your hands to get them to fit in the cookie correctly. I made my arms too long. So this part is up to you. Make it look like the hand is coming out of the ground. You could even lay the hand down on the grass.

How to make a Cauldron Cookie for Halloween

That’s the fun part of this. You can do whatever you want to. Let your kids help or do it themselves. This is an easier cookie to decorate so have a blast! Don’t forget its Halloween so these can be whatever you want them to be. Found some gummy legs at the store?  Use those instead of the worms.

To create your cauldron cookie you need to grab your green buttercream frosting, put it in a piping back and start outlining where you want your cauldron to be boiling. Don’t forget it can boil over.

Using a spoon (or a popsicle stick like me) smooth out your icing to fill in the gaps in your frosting.

Place a gummy worm in each cookie.

Unwrap some Jolly Ranchers and place them in a bag. Using a hammer or a rolling pin hit the closed bag breaking up the bigger Jolly Rancher pieces. you want to still be able to see them so not too much.

Put on some eyeballs and fun sugar pearls and you’re done! Easy, fun, and lots of memories!

Cake Cookie Recipe

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  • 1 box Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1/3 c Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/3 c Mini Choc Chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix cookie dough together and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookie is set but still soft.

  4. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

Kathaleen Kopf

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