These easy Halloween Sprinkle Cookies are the perfect addition to your Halloween festivities!
I didn’t intend to do a Halloween recipe this year (mostly due to poor planning on my part with the move and all), but Mother Nature has intervened. My plans for this week were drastically altered due to three massive rainstorms that hit us this week. Dark and gloomy days do not make for good picture taking weather. So, instead of the pretty cake I was going to make and decorate and shoot later in the week, I had to switch gears and whip up something quick and easy on Monday. Clearly I have not gotten my crap together since the move and have no posts in the backlog. Well, truthfully, I have one, but I’m holding onto it until after Halloween.
So poor planning on my part means you get a Halloween recipe and that my impulse purchase of these Halloween sprinkles would be put to use after all in these Halloween Sprinkle Cookies!
This isn’t my first time making these Halloween Sprinkle Cookies. I actually made them as a base for my Pumpkin Spice Cookie Cups a couple weeks ago and they were SO good (for sure the star of the show there), that I thought they needed to shine on their own.
I kept the cookies plain (without any chocolate chips or other additions) because I wanted the candy coating and sprinkles to stand out. This was actually my first time working with candy melts. I had shied away from it before, because what exactly ARE they?? Some weird candy coating that was clearly not chocolate. I don’t know why, but I thought they just wouldn’t look or taste as good as actual chocolate.
The thing is, I wanted these super dark chocolate cookies dipped in white but, as you know, white chocolate is actually a bit more yellow than white, so that just wouldn’t work for me. So off I went to the store to buy these candy melts for the first time.
Another thing that initially turned me off of them was that I had heard they weren’t super easy to work with — that they didn’t melt well or ended up super thick once melted. In true Olivia fashion, I googled the crap out of how to make them work so that I would only have to do it once. I found this video from My Cupcake Addiction and basically did exactly what she did.
I ended up adding a bit more shortening once everything was melted to thin it out a bit more. I also left the heat on low while they were melting and only turned it off once it was at the consistency I wanted. I left the bowl over the double boiler the whole time I was dipping the cookies (stirring the candy melts once in a while), to help ensure that it stayed thin.
This approach worked perfectly, and I’m really happy with the result!! The candy melts took a bit longer to set than I expected — maybe because I thinned them out — so I would recommend letting them set slightly before topping with the sprinkles. If you’re vehemently opposed to using candy melts, white chocolate will work just fine.
These Halloween Sprinkle Cookies are honestly some of the best I’ve ever had. They rival my favourite Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Brownie Cookies. The chocolate cookie part tastes exactly like an Oreo, but softer and chewier. The white candy coating and the sprinkles add a delicious flavour and crunch. I will be making these again for sure! Probably for every season :).
Halloween Sprinkle Cookies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa powder sifted
- 2 Tbsp black cocoa powder sifted*
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light-brown sugar packed
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 lag Bright White Candy Melts or white chocolate **, melted
- Halloween nonpareils
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powders, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars on med-high until light and fluffy (approx. 2-3mins). Reduce speed and add egg and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
- Chill dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, portion dough onto baking sheet (I did 9 cookies per sheet). Bake for approximately 10 mins, or until the middle is set. Cookies will crinkle a bit upon cooling.
- Cool on pans for 5 mins then transfer to to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Dip in melted candy melts or white chocolate, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with nonpareils. Allow to set.
* If you don't have black cocoa, you can substitute Dutch-processed cocoa. The cookies won't be as dark though.
** Read post for details on how to properly melt candy melts.
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