Every year, I turn another year older exactly one week before Halloween, and after 22 years, I finally decided to celebrate another rotation around the sun with a Halloween party.
Some friends joined me at my apartment for an 80s themed bash, where guests were required to dress as a character or icon from the decade. From Joan Jett to Doc Brown, our guests did not disappoint!
Of course, yours truly went as Baby from Dirty Dancing.
Because I love a theme, I knew I had to make a special Halloween treat. These little ghost cookies are embarrassingly simple. It worked out perfect for me, since my roommate and I were busy decorating and preparing the apartment, I was left with little time to cook. These cookies only require about 15 minutes of hands-on time at their most basic, making them a fast and easy treat to bring to a Halloween party!
Ghosts remind me of two things: Ghostbusters, one of my favorite movies (and on-brand for this 80s themed Halloween party), and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, one of my favorite children’s books.
The Graveyard Book is about a little boy named Nobody who is raised by ghosts after his parents are murdered. While the premise sounds gruesome, the book is a cozy October read, full of charming wisdom from the residents of the graveyard and a spooky (but not scary) plot. It’s Neil Gaiman’s second young-adult novel, published after Coraline.While October has passed, The Graveyard Book is a great yearlong pick for readers young and old alike. Not to mention, it pairs exceptionally well with these Ghost Cookies.
Frightfully Easy Graveyard Ghost Cookies
Putting these cookies together is scary simple for a crowd-pleasing Halloween dessert. Great for sharing with friends or Nobody Owens.
Yield: 2 dozen cookies | Prep time: 15 min. | Cook time: 12 min. | Total time: less than 30 min.
- Cookies of your choice (Because I was short on time, I used a premade chocolate chip cookie mix. You can also bake the cookies from scratch, or buy cookies already baked, depending on the amount of time you want to spend on baking.)
- White icing (Again, I used a premade icing due to time constraints, but feel free to make yours from scratch.)
- 24 Marshmallows
- 1 tube of black decorating gel
- Bake cookies according to instructions. Allow to cool.
- While cookies bake and/or cool, use the black decorating gel to draw three circles on each marshmallow to form two eyes and a gaping mouth for your ghosts.
- After cookies have fully cooled, swipe icing onto the tops of each cookie.
- Place a marshmallow on top of the icing in the center of the cookie.