These Witch Hat Cookies are the perfect treat for the upcoming Halloween season. They’re seriously too cute to be spooky!
Witch Hat Cookies – Perfect for Halloween
I have to make this clear right from the beginning. I *secretly* find witches adorable (did you see my Halloween yard display this year, lol) and these witch hat cookies seriously make my day. Anytime I have the opportunity to associate food with something cute that makes me smile, it just seems to make the day just a little bit better.
With Halloween literally right around the corner, I can’t think of any better treat than these delicious Halloween cookies to kick off the craziest and spookiest holiday of the year. As a matter of fact…these may be my favorite Halloween treats out there. (Shh…don’t tell the Spooky Monster Eyes Deviled Eggs or my “Killer” Pumpkin Cookies!)
I love how simple they are, and the outcome is truly stellar. And what I really love? These Witch Hat Cookies get EVERYONE in the holiday spirit!
I mean…c’mon…take one look at those delectable treats and how can you not be happy? Seriously. My kiddos love coming home to a plate of these after a hard day of school because they not only taste great, they’re fun, too. My lil missy is already begging to bring these cookies to class on Halloween. (I told her maybe we’ll do a standard sugar cookie with witch hats for her class since this recipe has peanut butter in them.)
How to make Witch Hat Cookies
The beauty of these cookies is that you can make a witch hat cookie from almost any cookie recipe (even a premade “roll type” sugar cookie – you would just want to work in some food coloring to make the cookie darker.) You basically roll the cookie dough into a ball and after baking, add a chocolate kiss and a bit of colored frosting for the “hat”.)
One tip I’ve learned when cooking these Halloween cookies is that you need to wait until the cookies are completely cooled before moving or transporting. The chocolate kisses will be very soft and they need time to re-harden. If you don’t, you’ll have a non-pointy witch hat…and who wants that?
How long will the Witch Hat Cookies stay fresh?
I often get asked how long cookies will stay fresh once baked. In our house, they don’t last more than a day or two once cooked so I always tell people that for a helpful tip but in all reality, cookies will stay fresh for a couple days after cooking. If you have some leftover that you know you won’t get eaten, I always recommend freezing them for later use!
Have fun with this spooky recipe. You all know that I love Halloween and these Witch Hat Cookies are an absolute must this year in your Halloween cookie rotation!
This particular cookie recipe is a fun chocolatey twist on a peanut butter cookie. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are so yummy and full of chocolatey peanut butter flavor, yum!
If you’ve not added cocoa to your peanut butter cookies before, you definitely need to give this one a try. Even better, if you leave off the colored frosting hat decoration, these make a great holiday cookie too. (If you need a printable Christmas Holiday recipe card for exchanges or gift giving, I have one here to download.
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- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups sugar, divided
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 ¼ cup flour
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 36 Hersey’s Kisses
- Premade vanilla icing
- Orange food coloring
- Preheat oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Beat butter until creamy and add 1 cup white sugar and brown sugar. Beat until blended.
- Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
- Pour dry ingredients into butter mixture and mix until combined.
- Add peanut butter and mix until incorporated.
- Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop out dough and roll into balls.
- Roll each ball in remaining ¼ cup sugar until completely coated.
- Place on lined cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes.
- After removing cookies from oven, let cookie cool and press a Hersey’s Kiss into each cookie.
- Combine orange food coloring and premade vanilla icing until the desired color is reached.
- Fill a piping bag or sandwich bag with icing and making sure cookies are completely cool, pipe a circle around each candy topping.
About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.