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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.
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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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 32 cookies
Calories 198kcal

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
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons plant-based milk
  • 2 cups dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Skittles
  • Candy Eyes (see note)

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350°F. 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 to 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 the 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 to 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.

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

Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.5mg