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Mummy Cookies for Halloween

Mummy Shortbread Cookies

Mummy Shortbread Cookies are the perfect decorated Halloween Cookies with flavors of vanilla, cinnamon & nutmeg. So cute & easy to make!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, halloween, mummy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rest 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 cookies


For the Cookies

  • ½ cup butter softened (1 stick)
  • ¼ cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk

To Decorate

  • 1 cup bright white candy melts
  • 24 candy eyes


For the Cookies

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the softened butter on high speed until it is light and fluffy— about 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix on low speed just until it is all combined— about 1 minute.
  • Next, with the mixer on low speed, alternate between adding the flour and milk in two batches. First, add half of the flour, then half of the milk, then the remaining half of flour, and finally the remaining half of milk.
  • Allow the mixer to continue on low speed until the dough comes together in a ball around the paddle.
  • Shape the dough into a disk and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • While the dough rests, preheat your oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Once the dough has chilled, lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough until it is 1/4” thick.
  • Using a 2” cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles of dough and place them 1” apart on the baking sheet. Note: Make sure to flour the cookie cutter so the dough doesn’t stick.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just starting to turn golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature on the tray.

To Decorate

  • Heat the candy melts according to the package instructions (typically you’ll heat them at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds until melted).
  • Place 1/4 of the melted chocolate into a plastic bag— we will use this chocolate to make the mummy lines later.
  • Next, dip one side of the cookies into the candy melts and use an offset spatula to smooth any lines.
  • While the chocolate is still soft, add two candy eyes. Repeat with the remaining cookies.
  • Once all of the cookies have been dipped, cut just the very tip of the corner of the plastic bag off with scissors.
  • Drizzle horizontal lines over the cookies to create the mummy effect.
  • Allow the chocolate to fully set before enjoying.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.


To really enhance the vanilla flavor, substitute the vanilla extract for vanilla bean paste or the caviar of 1 whole vanilla bean.
Any milk can be used in this recipe— dairy or non-dairy.
Freshly ground nutmeg is highly recommended.
You can use white chocolate instead of candy melts, however, it is difficult to temper and often has a yellow tint. Bright white candy melts are highly recommended.
This dough can be made up to 24 hours in advance but you’ll need to let it soften before you can roll it— I recommended bringing it to room temperature for at least 45 minutes before rolling.