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Halloween Cookie Cake

This soft and buttery cookie cake is decorated with fluffy orange buttercream and filled with festive Halloween candy-coated chocolate.

Festive Halloween Cookie Cake

I love making cookie cake. It’s such an easy dessert to make, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. I’ve taken my classic cookie cake recipe and turned it into a festive Halloween-inspired treat. This is perfect for an autumn get together, a game day tailgate, or of course a Halloween party! Add on a few Halloween sprinkles and you have a spooky cookie cake that everyone will love!

A slice of Halloween cookie cake with orange frosting being cut and served with a spatula.

Ingredients You Will Need

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  • Butter. I use salted butter for this recipe, but you can also use unsalted if you prefer. Make sure your butter is at room temperature, as it will cream together nicely with the sugars and also ensure even baking.
  • Sugar. You will use a combination of light brown sugar and granulated sugar in this recipe.
  • Eggs. You will use one large egg in this recipe along with one egg yolk from another large egg. Save the white for an omelette!
  • Vanilla extract. I always measure with my heart when adding vanilla.
  • Dry Ingredients: Baking soda, kosher salt, and all purpose flour. Make sure to use the spoon and sweep meathod when measuring your flour!
  • Halloween colored candy coated chocolates. You can use the Halloween themed M&Ms, or Reese’s Pieces is a great option too if you don’t mind a little peanut butter flavor!
  • Chocolate chips. I like to add in chocolate chips along with the M&Ms in this for a gooey chocolate filling!
  • Buttercream Frosting. This is purely optional, but a cookie cake without the frosting is just…well…a cookie! Use my recipe for buttercream (it’s perfect!) OR you can use chocolate frosting too.

How To Make Cookie Cake

This recipe goes together very easily, much like a chocolate chip cookie recipe. You will notice that the proportions are a little different than a traditional cookie, allowing it to bake a little more evenly and stay soft!

Cookie dough in a mixing bowl with M&Ms

Cream the butter and both sugars together in the bowl of your stand mixer for 2 minutes. Add in the egg, yolk, baking soda, and salt and mix for an additional minute, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl carefully to ensure even mixing.

Then stir in the chocolate chips and festive candies.

Press the cookie dough evenly into a greased and parchment lined spring form pan. Bake it for 20 – 25 minutes until the edges are lightly golden and the top is just set. Don’t over-bake this!

Allow the cookie to cool completely before piping on some fluffy buttercream!

Do You Have To Use A Springform Pan?

Nope! You sure don’t have to, but the springform pan makes serving this super easy, and allows for easy removal from the pan. If you don’t have a springform pan go ahead and use a large cake pan.

A single slice being served from a cookie cake

Halloween Cooke Cake Decorating Ideas

Of course you don’t have to make this Halloween-themed if you don’t want to. You can really adapt this cookie cake for any occasion. But here are some fun and easy ideas to make it perfectly spooky:

  • Use Halloween sprinkles on top of the buttercream. I get mine on Amazon, but surely you can find themed sprinkles in a lot of grocery and craft stores in the fall.
  • Spooky eye sprinkles are really cute on this!
  • Use Halloween M&Ms. They’ve done the leg work for you getting all the festive colors perfect!
  • Use Reese’s Pieces instead of M&Ms. They already come in orange/yellow/brown.

How To Store A Cookie Cake

Store this cake airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days for best freshness. You can freeze this cookie cake in an airtight container for up to 30 days for best freshness. Allow it to thaw at room temperature before serving.

A slice of cookie cake on a white plate with orange frosting
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A single slice being served from a cookie cake

Halloween Cookie Cake

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  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Dessert


This festive cookie cake is perfect for a fall party!


  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg +1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Halloween-colored candy-coated chocolates (such as M&M’s)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups buttercream frosting to decorate, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with baking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper (cut to fit). Spray the top of parchment paper with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment mix butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the whole egg, yolk, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Mix for 30 seconds until smooth, scraping sides of bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and add in flour, mixing until just combined and stir in candy pieces and chocolate chips until incorporated evenly.
  5. Press the cookie dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until edges are set and top is no longer glossy in appearance. Don’t over bake, as you will end up with a dry cookie cake.
  6. Allow the cookie cake to cool in the pan completely.
  7. Run a butter knife around the edges of the pan to loosen the cake and then remove sides of the springform pan. If desired, transfer the cookie to a serving platter.
  8. Decorate with frosting if desired.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days

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