These wickedly cute Candy filled Black Cat Cookies will make the purr-fect Halloween treat. Each dimensional chocolate cookie is both decorated and filled with candy.
These wide-eyed cats may not be exactly what you'd typically associate with witches at Halloween because they are so cute. I wanted my cat cookies to be cute rather than wicked-looking.
The chocolate cat cookies will be a perfect addition to these other witch-themed Halloween recipes: Candy-Filled Witch Cookies, Candy-Filled Cauldron Cookies, Peanut Butter Cauldron Pops, Cheese Ball Cauldron, Crescent Roll Witch Hats, and Nutella Fudge Witch Hats.
I'm sure these piñata-style cookies will be a huge hit with our party guests.
These three-dimensional cookies are made by baking flat cat-shaped cookies made using a round cookie cutter and a triangle cookie cutter (or knife) and a domed chocolate cookie that is baked over round cake pops pans.
I'll show you how to create these unique 3-D cookies in the step-by-step tutorial below.
1 batch of chocolate cookie dough (see recipe below)
candy - You can use any small candies like Reese's Pieces, M&M's, Sixlets, Skittles, etc. to fill the cookies.
candy melts - I used candy melts to attach the cookies together. Royal icing works too.
jumbo candy eyes - You could also make the cat's eyes using modeling chocolate or fondant.
large pink heart sprinkles
edible pink Easter grass - If you can't find the edible pink Easter grass, you can use fondant, modeling chocolate, or licorice laces. You could even pipe chocolate whiskers.
2 ¼ and a 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter
rolling pin (non-stick fondant rolling pin works best)
cake pops pan - The Telebrands Cake Pops pan I used makes large cake pops and requires 2 ½ rounds to cover it, leaving just enough room for the dough to expand during baking. If you use a different brand of cake pop pan, you may need to adjust the size of the round cutters you'll use to cut out the cookies. I know some pans are smaller.
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Make the chocolate cookie dough.
- Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy.
- Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Sift the cocoa powder over the top of the flour and then whisk together.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the butter mixture just until combined.
Cut and bake chocolate cat cookies.
- Roll the chocolate cookie dough out to ⅛th inch thickness on a silicone mat. Use a 2 ¼-inch round cutter to cut out 22 cookies. I find it easiest to peel away the excess dough, then pop the cut-out cookies in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Then they are easy to peel off the silicone mat.
- Set the rounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Cut 44 small triangles out of the dough. I used a small triangle cookie cutter, but you can hand-cut them with a knife. Brush one edge of the triangle with a bit of water and attach two triangles to each round of dough, making cat ears.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. It's always hard to tell when chocolate cookies are baked, but the edges of the cookie should begin to set and look a bit lighter in color. If the tops of the cookies look really shiny then the cookies need a bit longer in the oven. If you like really crispy cookies, bake them for 14 minutes.
- Then roll out the remaining dough thinner, about 1/16th inch thick.
- Cut out 22 circles using a 2 ½-inch round cutter. Remove the excess dough, and pop the mat in the freezer for about 3 minutes.
- Peel the dough round off the mat and set each round over the tops of the cake ball pan.
- Smooth out the dough curving it over the domed pan.
- Pop the dough-covered pan back in the freezer for 15 minutes. Then put the pan on the bottom rack in the oven and bake for 7-9 minutes until the edges look set.
- Allow all the cookies to cool completely before decorating.
Fill the cat cookies with candy then decorate.
- To assemble the cookies, you'll need some melted and tempered chocolate or candy melts.
- Fill the half-sphere cookies with candy.
- Paint a thin layer of chocolate around the top edge of one domed cookie, then turn a cat cookie upside down and set it on top of the domed cookie.
- Hold it for a minute until the chocolate sets. Repeat, attaching all the cookies together.
- Cut the edible pink Easter grass into short whisker pieces, about an inch. Attach 6 of them to the center of each domed cookie using the melted chocolate. It's easiest to attach 3 on one side, let them dry, then add the other three. Otherwise, they move around too much.
- Attach a pink heart nose over the top of the center of the whiskers.
- Attach two candy eyes.
When you serve these Black Cat Cookies for Halloween, your friends, and family can crack them open to reveal the candy hiding inside. What a treat.
If you prefer a more spooky-looking cat, you can easily change out the candy decorations and use green candy eyes instead of white ones, a chocolate chip nose instead of a pink heart sprinkle, and maybe some black colored licorice whiskers instead of the pink edible Easter grass that I used.
Be sure to check out all of my Black Cat-Themed Recipes.
This recipe was originally published on October 9, 2015.
- 10 tablespoons butter softened slightly
- ¾ cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¾ cup flour
- 1 ⅓ cup candy
- 44 jumbo candy eyes
- 2 ounces melted light cocoa candy melts
- 22 jumbo pink heart sprinkles
- pink edible grass, cut into 1-inch pieces
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 into wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated.
Flatten dough into a disc and wrap in plastic wrap or place in a zip-top bag.
Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Remove dough from refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll dough out to ⅛ inch thickness.
Cut out 22 circles using a 2 ¼ inch round cookie cutter.
Cut out 44 small triangles, for the cat's ears.
Set the round dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
Brush the bottom edge of each triangle with a little water, then press two of them onto each dough round.
Bake cat cookies for 10-12 minutes until the edges are set.
Roll out the remaining dough to 1/16th of an inch.
Cut out 22 circles using a 2 ½ inch round cookie cutter.
Set rounds of dough over the tops of a cake ball pan.
Pop pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Bake the domed circle cookies for 7-9 minutes until the edges are set.
Allow cookies to cool completely before decorating.
Fill domed cookies with candy, then brush melted candy melts around the rim and press a cat cookie over top.
Attach two candy eyes, 6 pink whiskers, and a pink heart nose using candy melts.
Store these black cat cookies in an airtight container for up to 4 days.