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Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Make these spooky halloween chocolate chip cookies for your next Halloween party! This halloween chocolate chip cookie recipe comes out perfectly chewy and golden brown with just the right amount of chocolate chips and M&Ms.

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Making Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love a good cookie. They are the perfect treat as an after school surprise, work great for dropping something off to a friend or neighbor, and also work as a pot-luck item at a party. I love them even more when they are festive and fun. 

Today, I’m sharing an easy way to bring the Halloween festivities into your fall baking by making these Halloween M&M cookies. They are a traditional chewy chocolate chip cookie with the extra special addition of Halloween-themed M&Ms

A stack of three halloween M&M cookies with one cookie leaning on the tower of cookies.

The trick to making Halloween Cookies with M&Ms

The trick to making these look festive is by reserving about half of the bag of M&Ms for after you form the cookie dough balls. You stick them lightly on top of the cookie dough right before you bake them. This makes the colorful candies stand out on top of the cookies, instead of hiding underneath. 

Since we mix in a whole lot of chocolate chips and a good amount of M&Ms into the batter, you still get that chocolate chip and candy coated chocolate flavor and crunch in every bite. 

Can you freeze halloween chocolate chip cookies?

Whether you want to make these ahead of time, or just don’t want to eat all 3.5 dozen in one sitting, these halloween chocolate chip cookie recipe is very freezer friendly. You can do it in a couple of ways.

  1. Bake halloween cookies and let them fully cool. Place them in a freezer-safe container or a freezer bag, with all of the air removed (sucking out with a straw works well). Freeze up to 6 months.
  2. Prepare halloween M&M cookies into cookie dough balls, including the extra step of adding extra M&Ms on top. Freeze the cookie dough as I describe on this tutorial on how to freeze cookie dough. Freeze up to 6 months and bake from frozen for 11 minutes instead of 9 minutes.
A collage photo of halloween chocolate chip cookies with the words "halloween M&M chocolate chip cookies" in green and orange writing.

What M&Ms to use for these halloween cookies?

We used the Ghouls Mix to make these halloween chocolate chip cookies. You can use any variety you like and even change it out for depending on the holiday – red and green for Christmas Cookies, pink and red for Valentines Day. They even make a white, yellow and orange white chocolate candy corn mix that would be fun for Thanksgiving. 

Other fun Halloween Treats

We love our Halloween treats around here! Make sure you check out our Monster Halloween Cookies, Mummy Chicken Fries, and our whole long list of Halloween Treats for Kids. Another fun cookie is our Christmas Cake Mix Cookies. Just use Halloween colored sprinkles! You might also like our post on How to BOO Your Neighbors. It’s so much fun! 

A stack of halloween cookies made with chocolate chips and orange and green M&Ms.

Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

Aileen Clark
Make these spooky halloween chocolate chip cookies for your next Halloween party! They are perfectly chewy and golden brown with just the right amount of chocoalte chips and M&Ms.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 24 minutes
Course Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 42 Cookies
Calories 90 kcal


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 11.4-ounce bag M&Ms in Halloween colors, divided


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl with hand mixer or bowl of a stand mixer, combine butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar.
  • Whisk together until creamy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  • Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until fullly combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and 1 cup of the M&Ms.
  • Take heaping tablespoons of the halloween cookie dough and roll into balls.
  • Arrange cookie dough balls onto prepared cookie sheet, aproximately 2 inches apart.
  • Please 2-3 of the remaining M&Ms on top of each cookie dough ball.
  • Bake for 9 minutes, just until the edges are browned.
  • Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute and then carefully transfer to a cooling rack until fully cool.
  • Repeat with remaining cookie dough.


Cookies may be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Cookies may be frozen up to 6 months. Cookie dough balls may also be frozen, see our tuturial on freezing cookie dough.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 86mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11g
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