Vegan Halloween Monster Cookies

These fun Halloween monster cookies are so silly and delicious, you can’t help but smile when you eat them! Decorate these fun cookies with vegan candy eyes and colorful candies, to make each bite ridiculously tasty!

For even more vegan Halloween treats, try these Vegan Meringue Ghosts Blondie Bites. That’s a mouthful.

Chocolate Halloween monster cookies have candy eyes and skittles on them. They're sitting next to a bowl of skittles and a mini pumpkin.

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.

How to Make Halloween Monster Cookies

It’s fun to make this spooky Halloween monster cookies! There’s just a few simple steps involved.

Step One: Cream Fat and Sugar

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.

Step Two: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl whisk together the flours, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Step Three: Make the Batter

Pour the flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir it all together. It’s a thick batter, but 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.

Step Four: Drop and Bake

Drop cookie dough balls by rounded tablespoonful (using a cookie dough dispenser helps make the cookies evenly sized) onto a cookie sheet. Be sure to leave about 2 inches between each cookie and press the top a little to flatten them.

Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes. I prefer to bake them at 9 minutes to ensure the centers stay soft. Remove them from the oven and allow them to sit for a 1 – 3 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Step Five: Halloween Garnishes

Once the cookies have cooled, melt the reserved ¼ cup of chocolate chips in microwave (for about 11 seconds, then stir). Then, use a butter knife to place a dollop of melted chocolate on the cookie, followed by a Skittle. Add 3 – 4 Skittles per cookie, using different, Halloween-themed colors.

Note: Do not add Skittles in with the cookie batter. It’s a fun idea, but I tried it and the Skittles turned hard as rocks when they baked. Using melted chocolate to add the Skittles to the tops of cooled cookies worked the best.

Then follow the same process with the melted chocolate to add candy eyes to each cookie.

Halloween Cookies are the Best

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

Looking down on a baking sheet with chocolate cookie dough balls and a bowl of skittles.

Chocolate And Fruity Skittles Combined

I was inspired to create this recipe from Naomi’s Halloween Double Chocolate Monster Cookies. Aren’t they so adorable?

I began by using pretty much the same recipe as my Double Chocolate Pecan Cookie for the cookie base. But I wanted to add colorful candies to my cookies. However, as we all know, M&Ms are oftentimes added to cookies, but they’re not vegan.

Skittles are what I like to refer to as “accidentally” vegan. They’re colorful, fruity, and pair well with chocolate. Perfect!

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.

A hand reaches in to grab a Halloween monster cookie with googly eyes and skittles.

Halloween Monster Cookies Candy Eyes

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.

No worries! The vegan candy eyes from my Halloween Donuts recipe works great!

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?

Several chocolate cookies have candy eyes and skittles on top. There's a pumpkin behind them and more candies all around them.

I hope you love this recipe as we do. Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

Several Halloween Monster cookies have candy eyes and colorful skittles on top. There's a bowl of the candies and a mini pumpkin beside them.

Vegan Halloween Monster Cookies

Have some fun with these Vegan Halloween Monster Cookies, a gooey chocolate cookie made colorful with fruity candies, and made cute with vegan googly eyes.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 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 flax egg
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 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
  • Candy Eyes (see note)

Instructions

  • 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 the 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 balls 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.

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Notes

I do not recommend mixing the skittles candies into the cookie dough batter before baking. That’s because the skittles candies become very hard once baked.
See this Halloween Donuts recipe for a guide on making vegan candy eyes. Most store-bought candy eyes are made with gelatin, but it’s pretty simple to make them yourself.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Halloween Monster Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 198 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Sodium 118mg5%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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.

Enjoy!

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5 Responses to Vegan Halloween Monster Cookies

  1. You don’t list cocoa in your ingredients list, but do say to “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.”

    Just wondering how much cocoa there should be.

    • Hi Erin. Thanks for your comment. The recipe was updated and somehow that didn’t make the transfer. It’s fixed now! ❤️

    • Hi Alicia. It’s true that Skittles used to be made with gelatin, but not any more. They changed their formula around 2009. Skittles are now one of our favorite candies to give out at Halloween because it’s a vegan candy and one that kids really love too!

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