It’s Halloween and I’m so excited I’m counting the minutes until the little goblins show up on our doorsteps. I’m actually thinking about dressing up for Halloween this year. Is that a crazy idea? I can’t decide. I have this goth outfit in mind and I’m leaning toward going for it. Halloween is fun, right? And I haven’t even done a lot of Halloween posts in the past. Well, there was this super cool Jack-0-lantern photo that Shawn took. And I recently shared a recipe for Vegan Meringue Ghosts Blondie Bites. That’s a mouthful. Seriously. So today, we’re talking Vegan Halloween Monster Cookies. Don’t you want one?
I’m a big fan of making cookies. Any time Adee had friends over, I would hop to the kitchen to throw in a batch. Sometimes I would keep cookie dough balls in the freezer so I could make up a batch quickly. Other times I would simply make them from scratch. I loved hearing her friends ooh and ahh over the plateful of cookies I would bring into the room.
Today I get to share these cookies with Adee and her roommates in college. Seriously? How did that happen? It’s all a whirlwind of soccer practices, cello recitals, and graduation ceremonies, and the next thing you know…they’re college students.
We’ll have to change the subject or I may start crying. #emptynestsyndrome
I was inspired to create this recipe from Naomi’s Halloween Double Chocolate Monster Cookies. Aren’t they so adorable?
But it’s tricky making a vegan version of this recipe. The double chocolate cookie part wasn’t the problem. It was the colorful candies and the googly eyes. Because those are things typically bought at a store, and they’re usually not vegan.
What’s a vegan halloween monster cookie maker to do?
I began by using pretty much the same recipe as my Double Chocolate Pecan Cookie for the cookie base. But what to do for those colorful candies?
Well, I put on my power woman thinking cap and then it came to me, Skittles.
Skittles are what I like to refer to as “accidentally” vegan. They’re colorful, fruity, and pair well with chocolate. Perfect!
Dang. I should wear that cap more often!
And I remembered how several years ago I actually reached out to Skittles — or maybe it was the folks at M&Ms, I can’t remember — and suggested that a chocolate-covered Skittle would be pretty amazing. I knew this was true because a colleague at work used to keep a huge bowl of M&Ms by her desk. It was terrible. I mean, I wasn’t vegan at the time so I had almost no ability to restrict myself from grabbing a handful every time I went by her desk. I also found myself thinking up reasons to visit her…a lot!
[Please note: M&Ms were on my list of most difficult things to give up when going vegan. Sigh.]
So, anyway, one day her M&M bowl had some Skittles in it as well and because they look kinda the same, when I grabbed my handful, I got both. Wow, that mouthful was quite the surprise! There was something about the combination of chocolate and fruity flavored candy that was pretty tasty.
That’s how I knew adding Skittles to a chocolate cookie would be a hit. You can judge for yourself, but I’m pretty impressed with these cookies. My only tip is to be sure not to overbake the cookies or your Skittles will melt. If that happens, I’ve left a tip in the recipe below on how to fix it.
The only other thing in this recipe was to veganize those monster googly eyes. I was a little perplexed when I went to the store and saw that every version of store-bought googly eyes had gelatin in them. Gelatin is not only not vegan, it’s not vegetarian either. Ugh!
But then I remembered my super cool friend Cara (of the site Fork and Beans) created a vegan version of googly eyes. Yes! The link to her recipe is below. They are absolutely easy to make and fun to use!
So, there you have it. Vegan Halloween Monster Cookies. See? Even vegans can have Halloween fun too. I guess that means I’ll be getting my goth on for Saturday night. What about you? Are you dressing up for Halloween too?
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NOTE: Please note we’ve adapted this recipe to put the Skittles on the cookies after they’ve cooled. Otherwise, the candies become too crispy after the cookies cool.
Vegan Halloween Monster Cookies
- ½ cup vegan butter
- ½ cup peanut butter it’s best not to use the natural, oily kind
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 starchy flax egg 1 T ground flax seed, 1 T cornstarch, 4 T water
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2-4 tablespoons plant-based milk
- 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1 cup Skittles
- 1 recipe Vegan Googly Eyes via Fork and Beans)
- Heat your oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl combine the vegan butter with the peanut butter. Use a mixer and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the sugars and beat for another minute.
- Add the vanilla and starchy flax egg. Stir into butter mixture. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl combine the flours, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. Pour the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Stir to combine. If the dough seems too crumbly at this point, add 1 tablespoon at a time (up to 4) of plant-based milk and stir to combine.
- Add most of the chocolate chips, reserving ¼ cup for the final step.
- Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonful (using a cookie dough dispenser helps make the cookies evenly sizeonto your prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each and press a little to flatten.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and place and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once the cookies have cooled, melt the reserved ¼ cup of chocolate chips in microwave (for about 11 seconds, then stir), and using a butter knife or other utensil, place a dollop of melted chocolate on the cookie, followed by a Skittle. Do 3-4 per cookie, with different colors.I avoided using the red ones, to keep with more Halloween colors. Add two googly eyes to each cookie. You may want to get the back of each eye wet to help you press them into the cookie so they’ll stay put. Alternatively, you could use a little bit of icing to achieve the same end.