Halloween cookies might not take top spot as the go-to holiday dessert, but they’re sure to rank right up there after candy when you set out a tray of these goodies at your spooky gathering.


Candy’s good for grab-and-go, but party goers expect a little more oomph, and these Halloween cookies pack the perfect sweet punch — without too much extra effort on your end. That’s right, it’s scary how easy these cookies are to make. We’ve even rounded up the best of the best to make your life easier, whether you’re going for a bloody good time with some vampire-themed treats your guests can sink their fangs into, or snacks on the sweeter side of the holiday for little kids.


The reviews of your holiday rave will be all treats and no tricks with a couple of these confections on the snack table. And we really didn’t exaggerate how easy they are to make. You could even pick three or four from our collection— click through the gallery above to see all the mouth-watering treats up close and personal — and still have time to deck out the downstairs with plenty of DIY Halloween decorations.


And if you use slice-and-bake cookie dough tubes for some of the recipes that require decorations, we won’t tell anyone. Either way, you can expect every mummy, vampire and werewolf in attendance to howl for more once the trays of treats have been cleared.


NOTE: Some of these recipes require fun, Halloween-themed sugar decorations for your delicious treats. You can either check the baking sections of local craft stores, such as Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, for these, or simply go online and buy them through Amazon. We’ve provided direct links to the product on Amazon when possible.


Click through the gallery above to see all the Halloween cookies