close up shot of halloween monster cookie- tye dye orange, purple and green with M&Ms and candy eyes

Halloween Monster Cookies

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 20 Cookies


These soft, chewy and buttery sugar cookies are loaded with candy eyes and Halloween M&Ms.


  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (285g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (420g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon (2g) cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.2g) salt
  • Gel colors: Orange, Purple, Green


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line a large cookie sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. 
  2. Soften the butter in the microwave for 10-12 seconds. Combine the butter with the sugar and beat on medium speed until well creamed together. Add the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix into the butter and sugar until the eggs are well beaten.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients. Slowly add into batter and beat on medium low speed until well combined and dough forms.
  4. Divide the dough into 3 equal size balls. Dye each one a color (purple, orange or green). Flatten the ball of dough and place a couple drops of gel color in the middle. Work the dough in your hands until the gel is incorporated.
  5. With one color at a time, use a small cookie scoop to spoon balls of dough onto parchment paper. Combine one scoop of each color. Tear and press the dough back together to create a tye-dye effect.
  6. Place the dough about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350° F 12-15 minutes. When the cookies come out of the oven, place a couple of M&Ms and candy eyes on top. Allow cookie to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
Nutrition Information:
1 cookie
20.1 g
69.5 mg
9.9 g
34.4 g
0.5 g
2.7 g
43 mg
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Halloween Desserts, Easy Halloween Desserts, Halloween Cookies