Ghost Cookies (No Bake Halloween Cookies)

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    Ghost Cookies Recipe

    If you’re looking for the ultimate no-bake Halloween treat for your Halloween party, look no further than these adorable Ghost Cookies!

    Black plate with white ghost cookies

    No bake Halloween treats don’t get any easier than these Ghost Cookies! Super cute and easy enough for the kids to help with!

    These easy ghost cookies require ZERO baking and only 4 ingredients. It just does’t get any easier than that. The ingredients are:

    1. Nutterbutter Cookies
    2. White Chocolate
    3. Candy Eyes
    4. Black frosting
    Ingredients for no-bake ghost cookies

    I’m not one for ghoulish and gross Halloween candy or treats. I don’t want to think about eating brains or zombie limbs.

    PRO TIP: When melting chocolate, go slowly and only until it is smooth with stirring. If you overheat, it gets thick and clumpy.

    I prefer something cute and sweet, but still spooky. These Nutterbutter Ghosts do the trick. I even give them names while I make them.

    Peanut butter cookie dipping into white chocolate

    I’m a weirdo… I know. This is Bob, Brian and Art. They all lost their heads to a 2-year-old named Vivian soon after this picture was taken.

    Make sure you PIN these easy Halloween Cookies!

    And while store bought treats might seem easier, these cookies are almost as easy! Just a few notes before you get started on your own ghost cookies.

    Three ghost cookies lined up on a sheet of parchment paper

    ONE. I like using Candy Melts or melting chocolate. What is the difference between melting chocolate and regular white chocolate chips?

    Melts or melting chocolate already has some sort of fat in it. This helps it melt, dip and dry smoother.

    Bowl of white candy melts

    If you want to use white baking chocolate or white chocolate chips, that is fine. Simply add 1 teaspoon of shortening or butter for every 1/2 cup.

    PRO TIP: When melting chocolate in the microwave, set it to 50% power or the defrost function for better and more even melting.

    TWO. I recommend using a glass bowl for melting. Since I am doing it in a microwave instead of a double boiler (which is a totally fine option), glass holds heat longer so the chocolate stays dippable for longer.

    But this comes with a safety hazard. Glass gets (and stays) HOT! Use pot holders and set it on a trivet. Avoid getting burned!

    Black frosting as the mouth for ghosts

    THREE. Some are tempting to place their dipped ghosts onto a dry rack so the excess chocolate drips off, but this usually ends with cookies stuck to the rack.

    Yep, the chocolate drips alright, drips right around all the metal grates and then you can’t get them off without breaking the chocolate shell.

    White chocolate cookies on parchment paper

    Instead, tap off as much excess as possible and then place on a Silpat, wax paper or parchment paper. They will easily peel off after setting.

    Use a fork or tweezers (yes, I have tweezers in my kitchen) to dip so it can drip off easily and there isn’t too much space not being covered during the dip.

    Close up of no bake ghost cookies

    FOUR. You can adhere the eyes while the chocolate is still wet or with a dab of frosting. If you don’t want (or can’t find) the candy eyeballs, just use dabs of frosting.

    Bowl of candy eyeballs

    Questions you might have about how to make Ghost Cookies:

    Can I make these in advance? Sure! In fact, you kind of have to in order for the white chocolate to set and to decorate.

    How do I store these Halloween cookies? At room temperture in an airtight container. You can use parchment paper or wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.

    Can I use a different type of cookie? I feel horrible that some folks can’t enjoy these nutter butter cookies because they are made with peanut butter, but I haven’t found a suitable substitute yet based on their unique shape.

    If you have one, I’d love to know about it!

    No Bake Ghost Cookies for Pinterest

    If you liked these no bake Halloween cookies, check out these other cute Halloween treats:

    No bake ghost cookies on a black plate with red burlap background


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    Close up of ghost halloween cookies
    5 from 4 votes
    No Bake Ghost Cookies
    Prep Time
    3 mins
    Assembly Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    13 mins

    No bake Halloween treats don't get any easier than these Ghost Cookies! Super cute and easy enough for the kids to help with!No bake Halloween treats don't get any easier than these Ghost Cookies! Super cute and easy enough for the kids to help with!

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: butterscotch no bake cookies, halloween cookies
    Servings: 12 Cookies
    Calories: 106 kcal
    • 12 Nutterbutter Cookies
    • 8 ounces white candy chocolate
    • 16 candy eye balls
    • black frosting
    1. Melt white candy chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave according to the package directions.
    2. Dip Nutterbutter Cookies in white chocolate, tapping to remove excess chocolate. Set on wax or parchment paper to set.
    3. When dry, add candy eyeballs and a mouth using black frosting. Allow to set before layering to store.
    4. If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!
    Nutrition Facts
    No Bake Ghost Cookies
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 106 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 6g9%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Cholesterol 4mg1%
    Sodium 25mg1%
    Potassium 54mg2%
    Carbohydrates 12g4%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 12g13%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 6IU0%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 38mg4%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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