Clever, creepy, cute—there’s no end to how creatively evil you can get with Halloween treats that aren’t candy. For a little inspiration for your Halloween party we put together a collection of our favorite must-bake Halloween cookie recipes—and none of them require new cookie cutters.

Monsters, ghouls, and goblins, oh m-eye!

Eyeballs are definitely not on the menu most days, but you can make an exception just this once… This simple recipe only requires sugar cookie dough, googly candy eyes and green colored sugar.

Halloween Sugar Cookies

Halloween Sugar Cookies by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Something wicked this way yums

Less gross than sticking your hand in a bowl of brains, these witch-finger cookies get a thumbs up for disturbing and delicious. Basically, they’re made with a shortbread dough (so they’re eggless!) mixed with a heavy dose of green food coloring and shaped into the bony claws of a witch.

Eggless Halloween With Fingers

Eggless Halloween With Fingers by Priya Kitchenette

More cute, less spook

If you’re entertaining a scary-sensitive crowd, these adorable cookies have the spirit of the season without terrifying your guests. Start with sugar-cookie dough, add candy pumpkins (the pumpkin version of candycorn) or orange, yellow and white sprinkles, and you have yourself some pretty adorable Halloween cookies.

Easy Halloween Pumpkin Cookies

Easy Halloween Pumpkin Cookies by The Rebel Chick

Fresh from the coven

The Wicked Witch of the West could possibly be under one of these hats… but probably not. These witch-hat cookies aren’t so much about baking as they are about assembling, but they are worthy of a hauntingly cute spread. What you need for this no-bake confection are chocolate cookies, chocolate kisses, and orange frosting to hold it all together. The only thing missing is a black cat and a broom (and for that, check out the broom cookies below).

Witch's Hat Cookies

Witch's Hat Cookies by Kitchen Simmer

Cookies on the brain

These cookies might not be for the faint of heart, but they are shockingly easy to make. If you can roll sugar cookie dough into a rope, you can spin the ingredients into a brain-like confection. These are perfect for people preparing for Halloween candy overload -- there is no frosting or sprinkles to get in the way of these simple goodies.

Brain Cookies

Halloween Brain Cookies by Around the World in 80 Cakes

Arachnophobia

These spider cookies take a little bit more effort in the presentation, but if your goal is to create an atmosphere of fright while still eating classic chocolate chip cookies, this is the cookie you want to make. For these, you have to be deliberate about placing the chips in the cookie dough so they’re visible to guests. Once they’re baked, the real fun begins—you paint on the spider legs using pre-packaged cookie icing. Alternatively, you can make your own icing and use a zip-top plastic bag to apply the legs to your crawlers. If you're dying to make these into peanut butter spider cookies, there's no harm in swapping out the original cookie dough for a peanut butter equivalent and adding chocolate chips.

Spider Infested Halloween Cookies

Spider Infested Halloween Cookies by Skinny Not Skinny

A Tangled Web…

This is the kind of web you want your guests to get caught in… one made with sugar. This cookie can be as easy or difficult as you’d like to make it. You can cut down on prep time with store-bought cookies so you can focus on the magic of royal icing. It requires two different colored icings piped onto the cookie; then you gently drag a toothpick through the icings to simulate a web.

Halloween Spiderweb Cookies

Halloween Spiderweb Cookies by Epicurious

The Nimbus 2000 of cookies

Conjuring these broomsticks is easier than it might seem. The only sorcery involved in getting these off the ground is a little patience. Put simply, you bake the cookie dough with the pretzel rods embedded in them. Then, let them cool completely before adding melted chocolate to decorate the broomstick. To cast a spell of a different flavor, instead of regular cookie dough, use peanut butter cookie dough or drizzle melted white chocolate over the milk chocolate for extra embellishment.

Broomstick Cookies

Broomstick Cookies by Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Fangtastic Bites

Call off the werewolves, the hunt for monster cookies with a little more bite is over. To make Dracula's Dentures, all you need is red frosting, marshmallows, almond slivers, and cookies cut in half. The frosting acts as the glue to keep the marshmallow teeth and almond fangs in place while giving the cookies a bloody look for a spooky treat that Dracula would approve of.

Dracula's Dentures

Dracula's Dentures by The Girl Who Ate Everything

Yummy Mummy

These mummy cookies are a Frankenstein no-bake sugar bomb: They are traditional Nutter Butters dipped in warmed white candy melts. After the cookies have cooled, all you do is attach the candy eyes and pipe the warmed candy melts in a zip-top plastic bag onto the cookies. Presto change-o, and you have edible mummies.

Mummy Cookies

Mummy Cookies by One Sweet Appetite

Halloween is just the beginning of the countdown to Thanksgiving and before you know it, Christmas and Hanukkah will be here! We have loads of ideas coming your way as you start your holiday meal planning.