Halloween Shortbread Cookies

You’re going to love how quickly these Halloween Shortbread Cookies come together! No mixer needed, and ready in 30 minutes from start to finish!

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This is my go-to shortbread cookie when I want something quick, easy and delicious that can suit any holiday. Change up the sprinkle colors for the holiday or roll them out and cut out with floured cookie cutters.
You can see samples with the different sprinkles from this shortbread recipe and Easter shortbread too!

This is a terrific recipe to make with kids with easy and fun tasks like rolling the dough into balls and pressing down with a floured fork. Then, of course, who does not love adding sprinkles to cookies!

If you’re going to make an afternoon of it with the kids, be sure to check out these cute Halloween crafts for kids!


Ingredients for halloween shortbread cookies with text overlay.

No fancy equipment needed for this recipe! You can mix it completely by hand. Below are the simple ingredients that you will need. You can find a full recipe card at the bottom of this page.

  • All purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter – while traditional shortbread is made with unsalted butter, either salted or unsalted will work in this recipe.
  • Sprinkles/non pareils – use your favorite brand of halloween colors!

How to make Halloween Shortbread Cookies

Flour, powdered sugar and cornstarch in white mixing bowl with whisk.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, cornstarch and shortbread.

Using clean hands, mix in the butter until a soft dough forms.

Unbaked shortbread cookies with orange and purple sprinkles on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Roll into 1-inch balls. Place 1-1/2 to 2 inches apart on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Press down each cookie dough ball with a lightly-floured fork.

Add halloween-coloured sprinkles.

Baked cookies on an orange pumpkin-shaped decorative plate.

Bake in 300°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The edges will be lightly browned.

Carefully transfer to a wire cooling rack.

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Halloween Shortbread Cookies

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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies


1 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup butter

Sanding sugar in Halloween colors


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. Sift together all-purpose flour, cornstarch and powdered sugar. If you don’t have a sifter, place the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and give it a really good whisk or mix with wooden spoon.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, or with clean hands, blend in the butter until a soft dough forms. Do not overwork the dough. As soon as the dough forms, shape it into a ball. 
  4. Shape dough into one inch balls and place a few inches apart on baking sheet. They will spread a little as you flatten them with a fork.
  5. Press down lightly on each cookie with a floured fork. Sprinkle with sanding sugar or sprinkles. I have really been enjoying Ann Clark’s sanding sugar. It is very light and has a beautiful sparkle.
  6. Bake in 300°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. I took my cookies out in 17 minutes and let them sit on the cookie sheet for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and that was perfect.


Storage: Store shortbread in an airtight container for 7 to 10 days. Using parchment paper to separate the shortbread cookies layers is a good thing to do for easy serving.

Freezing: Cooled shortbread cookies may be frozen between layers or parchment paper in a freezer-safe container for 2 to 3 months. 

Thaw overnight in the fridge when ready to use. Place thawed cookie dough balls on cookie sheet and press down with a fork, adding the sanding sugar and bake.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven Baked
  • Cuisine: American

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