Crack open one of these bewitchingly cute Halloween treats to find candy hiding inside. You can make these cute or kooky Candy Filled Witch Cookies for your Halloween party or bake sale.
Halloween came and went last year and I ran out of time to get this recipe posted, but I just had to share this recipe tutorial with you.
These Candy Filled Witch Cookies are a bit of work to make, but they are so much fun that I know your Halloween party guests will love them as much as mine did.
As I was creating these candy filled witch cookies, I couldn’t decide whether they should be cute or kooky, so I made both.
The kooky witches have bulging bloodshot eyes and big pointed greed noses and the cute ones have sweet expressive eyes and candy noses.
I have to admit that I love the cute ones, but the kooky one’s look more wicked.
To make these witch cookies, you’ll need to bake green cookies over a metal cake pops pan. I used a Telebrands pan which is a bit larger than some other cake pops pans I have seen. If you use a different pan, you’ll need to adjust the size of the round cookies to match the size of the domed cookies.
I’ve made several version of the candy filled cookies using the same pan. This tutorial is not as detailed as other’s I’ve done. If you want complete step-by-step details you can check out my Baseball Cap Piñata Cookies recipe.
You’ll start by making a batch of green colored cookie dough and a batch of chocolate cookie dough.
Roll out the green dough to about 1/8th inch thickness and cut out twenty two 2 1/4 inch rounds. Set those rounds on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Roll the remaining dough out to about 1/16th inch thickness and cut out twenty two 2 1/2 inch rounds. Drape them over a cake pops pan then smooth them out into a half sphere.
Make the chocolate cookie dough then roll it out to 1/8th inch thickness and cut out twenty two witch hats. Use the same round cutter you used to make the flat green cookies, and cut a curved section out of the bottom of each witch hat. Brush the edge of that cut with a bit of water and set it up against a green round cookie.
Refrigerate all the cut out cookies for at least 15 minutes, then bake the witch cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes and bake the half sphere cookies for about 8 minutes until the edges look set.
When the cookies cool, fill the half spheres with candy, attach them to the flat cookies using melted Candy Melts or royal icing then add the decorations.
Use a clay extruder fit with a multi hole disc to make the hair. Press orange candy clay (modeling chocolate) or fondant through the clay extruder, cutting it into pieces to make the long part of the hair and the bangs. Press the candy hair right onto the cookie. It doesn’t really need anything to make it stick if you do this as you get the candy clay out of the extruder.
If you’ve never worked with candy clay, it’s super easy to make and work with. I recently published a 118 page Candy Clay Creations e-book that is loaded with tips and tricks for working with it and will give detailed information about using the clay extruder. You can also find the recipe on my Chocolate Making Tips page.
If you want, make some green noses out of candy clay or you can just use candy coated chocolate balls for the noses.
Use melted Candy Melts or royal icing to attach two candy eyes and a nose to each cookie. Use a food coloring marker to draw on a smile.
Candy Filled Witch Cookies
To make these quirky Halloween cookies, you’ll need the following items which can be purchased on Amazon.com (commission earned for sales.)
- 2 cups all purpose flour, plus more if needed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup butter, softened slightly
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 10 tablespoons butter, softened slightly
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 3/4 cup tiny candies
- 44 large candy eyes
- 8 ounces orange candy clay (modeling chocolate)
- 2 ounces green candy clay or 22 round candy coated chocolates (Sixlets)
- black food coloring marker
- Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Set aside.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Stir in egg, vanilla, almond extract, and some green food coloring.
- Add more coloring until you get a really bright shade of green and mix until well combined. The color will get lighter when you add the dry ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients and stir just until combined. If the dough is sticky, add a small amount of flour.
- Flatten into a disc and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar.
- Cream until light and fluffy.
- Mix in eggs and vanilla.
- Combine cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and flour in a small mixing bowl.
- Stir in to wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
- Flatten dough into a disc and place in a zip top bag.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll out green dough to about 1/8th inch thickness and cut out twenty two 2 1/4 inch rounds.
- Set those rounds on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Roll the remaining dough out to about 1/16th inch thickness and cut out twenty two 2 1/2 inch rounds.
- Drape them over a cake pops pan then smooth them out into a half sphere.
- Roll out chocolate cookie dough to 1/8th inch thickness.
- Cut out twenty two witch hats.
- Cut a curved section out of the bottom of each witch hat.
- Brush the edge of that cut with a bit of water and set it up against a green round cookie.
- Refrigerate the cut out cookies for at least 15 minutes.
- Bake the witch cookies for 10-12 minutes.
- Bake the half sphere cookies for about 8 minutes until the edges look set.
- Allow cookies to cool completely.
- Fill half sphere cookies with candy.
- Pipe melted candy melts or royal icing on edge of candy filled cookies.
- Press a witch cookie on top, lining up the circle with the half sphere.
- Decorate using candy clay, candy eyes, candies, and food coloring marker according to step-by-step tutorial instructions.