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Gingerbread Halloween Cookies to Cook with Kids

Are you looking for an easy recipe to bake some delicious Halloween cookies with the kids this year? These are by far my kids’ favourite recipe to cook and then eat. It uses a simple gingerbread recipe that works! Then they are decorated really basically perfect for the kids to have a go at and enjoy. So here you go our Easy Halloween Gingerbread Cookies for Kids to Bake.

Easy Halloween Cookies to Cook with Kids

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Gingerbread is one of our favourite recipes to cook with the kids, we love making our gingerbread men for Christmas and even better our little gingerbread snowflakes. But, it was when we had forgotten the treats for trick or treating that the kids suggested we bake some gingerbread skeletons and pumpkins to enjoy!

The dough makes around 20 large sized shaped cookies when you use a traditional gingerbread man cookie cutter and then this Halloween set for our ghost, pumpkin and tombstones. Other sets and sizes may produce more or fewer cookies!

pinterest image with text reading Halloween Gingerbread cookies of a set of simple kid made gingerbread cookies for Halloween pumpkins and little gingerbread men skeletons

Looking for more fun recipes to cook with the kids for Halloween check out our pick of the best tried and tested Halloween Recipes for Kids!

Gingerbread Ingredients for the USA

One thing with last-minute bakes like this I need to have all of the ingredients in the house and although I have black treacle and golden syrup in the cupboards (I do love traditional gingerbread bread loaf) these can be made with light corn syrup or molasses too.  Using light corn syrup will give a lighter colour to the gingerbread and molasses a darker.

How to Reduce the Ginger Flavour

If like many children your kids aren’t fond of ginger then switch out for half ginger and half cinnamon and you have a lighter tasting

halloween gingerbread tomb stones and ghosts that kids have baked on a cooling wrack

Decorating your Halloween Cookies with Kids

When it comes to decorating these – I’m not a great cookie decorator I know I should be using Royal Icing but it’s not something that I keep at home – and using raw eggs in icing I’m not sure of with giving the cookies to kid so I use an easy to make icing. However, you can use and Red Ted Art has a great tutorial on how to make Royal Icing as well as how to decorate cookies professionally.

close up of a delicious halloween pumpkin gingerbread cookie that the kids can bake

But my icing has 2 ingredients – icing sugar (confectioners sugar) and water and then food colouring where needed. Yes, it’s simple but it works and that is what counts. With food colouring – you need to avoid liquid food colouring as this will dilute the icing making it flow off of the cookies, but also it often tastes bad instead I use Sugarflair Food Colouring which I get online from Amazon or in the local Cake decorating shop.

a set of halloween cookies cooling on a cooling wrack in the kitchen that kids have baked and decorated very simply

A few years ago I switched out my piping bag or I should say zip-sealed bag for a piping syringe set which I use for decorating cupcakes and cookies with the kids. It’s a little less messy and easier to clean as it goes in the dishwasher.

Looking for more ideas for Halloween to do with your kids then check out these fun Mummy Crafts and Recipes for Kids.

Recipe for Halloween Gingerbread Cookies

The recipe for these amazing cookies for Halloween is below, don’t forget to save and share this recipe with friends so that they too can enjoy this time in the kitchen with their kids.

gingerbread halloween cookies with royal icing in the shape of pumpkins that the rainy day kids have cooked

Halloween Gingerbread Cookies

Cerys Parker
Delicious gingerbread Halloween Cookies Recipe for you and the kids to make. No fuss, easy to make ideal for last minute preparation for Trick or Treaters
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Cookies
Cuisine Halloween
Servings 20 Cookies
Calories 167 kcal


  • 350 g Plain Flour All Purpose in the USA
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger Switch for 1/2 tsp Ground Ginger and 1/2 Cinnamon for a less gingery gingerbread
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 115 g Softened Butter Cubed
  • 175 g Soft Light Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Black Treacle
  • 1 medium Egg

For the icing


  • Preheat the Oven to 190C
  • Sieve the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl
  • Mix together
  • Add in the cubed butter
  • Using fingertips combine the butter with the dry ingredients for a breadcrumb like consistency 
  • Make a well in the centre and add in the egg and black treacle
  • Combine and knead to a firm dough
  • If the mixture isn’t combining add a little milk till it does
  • Lightly Flour the surface
  • Split the dough in half and roll out to around 5mm thick
  • Cut out the shapes
  • Place the Cookie Shapes onto a lined baking tray
  • Put the cookies in for between 5 and 10 minutes
  • Remove when golden brown and leave to cool

Icing your cookies

  • Sieve the confectionery sugar into a bowl
  • Add in a little water till you have a thick consistency but not too stiff. This needs to be able to flow but not spread!
  • Fill up a piping Syringe or bag with a small nozzle and decorate your cookies how you wish


Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.001gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 67mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 218IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg
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One Comment

  1. Cerys,

    Look these Halloween coookies! Great activity for a relaxed fall night in.

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