Witches Brew Halloween Butter Cookies | They literally melt in your mouth!  Add some fun to your HALLOWEEN PARTY by separating the dough and coloring it to make a creepy cookie!  Add dry ice to a Witch’s Cauldron for an added creepy look!

Witches Brew Halloween Butter Cookies | They literally melt in your mouth!

NOTE: I mixed together leaf green and lemon yellow food coloring gel to get my electric green color (more yellow than green).

Divide dough into three equal amounts (look below for exact amounts).  Add gel food coloring.

Roll out each portion of dough between sheets of wax paper.

Leave the bottom piece of wax paper on the green dough; take off the top piece of wax paper.  Take off the top and bottom pieces of wax paper on the black dough and place on top of the green dough.  Take off the bottom piece of wax paper of the purple dough and place on top of the black dough.  You should be left with a piece of wax paper on the bottom and top of the dough.  This will help with the rolling process.

Use the wax paper to help roll the cookie dough into a jelly roll.  Refrigerate 2 hours.

Completely cover the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish with green, black and purple sprinkles.  Roll log until completely covered.

Slice and bake.

Witches Brew Halloween Butter Cookies | They literally melt in your mouth!

Witches Brew Halloween Butter Cookies

Preparation 30 minutes 2017-12-13T00:30:00+00:00 Cook Time 17 minutes 2017-12-13T00:17:00+00:00 Serves Makes 36 Cookies     adjust servings


  • 2 cups plus 6 tablespoons all purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • food coloring (optional) green, yellow, purple, black
  • sprinkles (optional) 3 tablespoons of each color


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the 2 cups of flour, baking powder, salt and sugars.
  2. Mix briefly.
  3. Add the butter in pieces, mix until the mixture has the consistency of cornmeal.
  4. Add the vanilla and mix just until a ball forms.
  5. Divide into 3 - 8 ounce balls.
  6. Add food coloring of your choice and 2 tablespoons of flour to each ball.
  7. Roll out each portion of dough between sheets of wax paper into a rectangle about 11 x 8-1/2-inches.
  8. Peel wax paper and lay layers on top of each other in color order.
  9. Leave the wax paper at the bottom of the bottom layer to help with the rolling process.
  10. Roll into a jelly roll.
  11. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  12. Place sprinkles into a 9x13 pan, roll the log until completely covered.
  13. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  14. Slice the log into 1/4 inch thick cookies and bake on parchment lined baking sheets for 15 to 17 minutes, until the cookies are no longer shiny on top and the bottoms are golden.



Witches Brew Halloween Butter Cookies — 44 Comments

  1. These are the coolest halloween cookies i have ever seen! Thank you so much for linking up to Sunday’s Sweet Confessions over at mommy’s sweet confessions! Have a great day!

  2. Are the cookies supposed to be soft or crunchy when they are done? I cooked a batch last week and it didn’t look like they weren’t done so I kept them in the oven for 28 minutes and they came out crunchy…I think I over cooked them. I’m trying another batch tomorrow and sticking to the 17-19 minutes.

  3. Hello, I was wondering, I followed all your instructions and my dough was soft so I added more flour. The dough looked a little greesy. So I keep adding more flour? I added 2 sticks 4 tbsps of butter.

    • Hi Alexis,
      How soft was your butter? This is a very tender dough. That’s why I have you roll it between wax paper. Other than your butter being too soft I don’t know what went wrong. Oh, did you add the extra 2 tablespoons of flour to each color? I have made this dough multiple times and haven’t had that problem.

  4. These are great and can’t wait to make them for my daughter’s class. What colors did you use to make the green? I see 2 there.

  5. i really want to try out this recipe the cookies look amazing! But I was wonder if the butter needs to be unsalted or just salted butter. I have been used to using unsalted butter for a lot of cookie recipes so I just want to make sure.

    • Hi Crystal, Gel food coloring is very concentrated. One bottle is plenty. Only add the food coloring a little at a time, stir to combine. Add more if needed but don’t add all the food coloring at once.

  6. To one of the older comments you replied that 2 and 1/2 sticks of butter is equivalent to 1 and 1/2 cups of butter, but the recipe listed above calls for 1 and 1/4 cups of butter. Please, which is the correct amount? Thank you!

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