5 Samhain Cookies Recipes

Get festive and enjoy Halloween in style with these 5 Samhain cookies recipes. Samhain was often celebrated similarly to a festival of the dead and was very influential to Halloween traditions such as trick-or-treating and wearing costumes. Still honored by Wiccans and witches today, you too can participate in the merriment with these themed cookies. 

Black Cat Cookies. 


  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package chocolate cake mix
  • Small candy-coated chocolate candies
  • Red hots
  1. Beat the peanut butter, eggs, and water.
  2. Work in cake mix and blend ingredients.
  3. Form one-inch balls with the dough and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Flatten the balls into circular shapes and use your fingers to form two ears. The small candy-coated chocolate candies should be set as eyes and red hots for the nose. Use a fork to create whiskers.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees for eight to ten minutes. 

Remembrance Cookies.


  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped rosemary
  1. Beat the sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract, and rosemary until creamy.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add to the initial mixture.
  3. Refrigerate the dough for three hours. When ready, roll out sections of the dough and cut out with a Halloween/gingerbread man cookie cutter.
  4. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for five to seven minutes. 

Cranberry-Pumpkin Samhain Cookies 


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pureed cooked pumpkin
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla, egg, and pumpkin, and mix together.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add this to your initial mixture.
  3. Add sliced cranberries, orange peel, and nuts.
  4. Bake teaspoon-sized balls of dough on a greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees for ten to twelve minutes, for Samhain. 

Finger Cookies 


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole blanched almonds
  • Red food coloring
  1. Beat the butter, sugar, egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this to your initial mixture and blend until it turns into dough.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. When ready, roll teaspoons of dough into finger shapes.
  4. Insert an almond into one end of the dough-this will be the nail. Paint the nail with the red food coloring. Use a knife to make some slashes like the wrinkles of a real Samhain finger.
  5. Bake on a greased cookie sheet at 325 degrees for twenty to 25 minutes.

Cobweb Cookies.


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • White icing 
  1. Sift the flour and cocoa together. Cut the butter into smaller chunks and add to the dry mixture. Blend the mixture together well until it reaches a fine consistency, and then stir in the sugar.
  2. Add the milk and stir in with a fork. Mix this together until it turns into dough. Cover and refrigerate for twenty minutes.
  3. Roll the dough and use a circle-shaped cookie cutter to cut out cookies.
  4. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for ten to twelve minutes. When cool, use the white icing to draw a Halloween cobweb on each cookie. 

These cookie recipes are sure to make your Samhain celebration a hit!

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