These little chocolate covered monster cookies are the cutest tiny Halloween bites ever!
They’re gluten-free and coated in dark and bittersweet chocolate. You can make a ton of these if you’ve got enough eyeball candies!
One of the things I love about these cookies is how easy they are to not only make, but to eat. So many times there are decadent desserts for Halloween, but it’s hard to eat them at parties because they’re massive! Or require utensils.
Not these little suckers! They’re like trick-or-treat chocolates, bumped up a notch. All that’s required is a hand to grab them and a mouth to chew them! These are bite sized and the inside is a sugar cookie. Then it’s coated in thick, decadent chocolate and topped with fantastic googly eyes. These googly eyes are gluten-free and you can order them in bulk from Amazon.
Better yet, you can also make your own googly eyes! This googly eye recipe comes from Cara over at the fabulous Fork & Beans blog, and they are adorable! Not only do they use gluten-free ingredients, but they are also vegan.
You will be using frozen cookie dough for this recipe. Just plop them on parchment paper and bake away! Once they are done, let them cool. Once they’re cooled, you can temper your chocolate. Over the stove top? Heck NO! In the microwave! I temper this way when I make these easy chocolate covered walnuts.
Ina Garten’s fool proof temper method is genius and way too easy. I learned it from her awhile back watching one of her Barefoot Contessa episodes. No mess melting chocolate in a pot. Just heat your morsels in a microwave safe glass mixing bowl for 30 seconds at a time. You mix after each 30 second round. It’s done when the chocolate is almost melted and just a few little clumps remain! Brilliant!
And there you have it! Fun, festive, decadent little chocolate covered monster cookies for Halloween! And they even look so scared! Like they’re on the lookout for a ghost or werewolf! Or anticipating being eaten!!!
If you make these I wanna hear what you think by commenting below!
Chocolate Covered Monster Cookies
The cutest little monster cookies, drenched in decadent chocolate, for Halloween.
- 1/2 cup Unsalted butter or 1 stick softened
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp Milk
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- 2 cups Gluten-free all purpose flour
- 1 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate morsels Enjoy Life & Endangered Species are gluten-free
- 1 cup Dark chocolate chunks Enjoy Life & Endangered Species are gluten-free
- Package of googly eyes Festival is labeled gluten-free or homemade
In a mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamed, then add egg and mix.
- Add milk vanilla and salt while mixing. Mix thoroughly.
- Slowly add flour and mix on low speed until blended.
- Scrape dough onto parchment paper and form a log shape with dough, then roll up dough in paper and twist ends shut.
Freeze for at least a half an hour, or until frozen.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Remove frozen dough log and unwrap. Cut the log in half, then roll up the other end and place back in freezer.
Cut small pieces, about the size of an oversized teaspoon, and place on parchment paper. Each piece will not look the same. No flattening, shaping, nothing. Just cut and plop!
This makes a TON of monster cookies!
Fill up cookie sheet so that dough is not touching, then place in oven.
Bake for approximately 8 minutes, or until tops become slightly golden. These are smaller pieces so you will be baking them less time you would a batch of regular cookies.
When finished, take out cookie sheet from oven. You can slightly flatten tops but be careful not to crumble.
Place mini cookie pieces on a separate plate or counter to cool.
Once cookie pieces are cool, begin tempering chocolate.
In a microwave safe glass mixing bowl, pour in all of the chocolate.
Place bowl in microwave for 30 seconds, then stir.
Place back in microwave for 30 more seconds, then stir.
You will be repeating this process about 2 more times, depending on your microwave strength.
You will know you are done when the chocolate has small clumps in it after you stir. Do NOT microwave any longer then, as those clumps will melt into the heated chocolate!
Working fast with a spoon or your clean fingers, place mini cookie pieces into the bowl of melted chocolate and coat thoroughly.
Let chocolate drizzle off each piece for a few seconds, then place chocolate pieces onto a clean sheet of parchment paper.
Once you have coated all pieces, place 2 googly eyes on top of each piece carefully. Push in slightly. If you have remaining chocolate, you can reheat this to use for more cookies right away.
Let monsters cool and harden completely, then serve on a platter for adults and kids to enjoy for Halloween festivities!
Note: Oven temps and times may vary.
Note: If working with Enjoy Life chocolate, note that it will take longer for this chocolate to harden as it is also dairy free.
Note: If you want to make googly eyes homemade, here is a recipe.