These adorable Frankenstein cookies are made with a chocolate-covered graham cracker base topped with green frosting, purple sprinkles, and candy accents.

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Top down view of two decorated Frankenstein cookies on an orange plate, surrounded by candy corn, sprinkles, and frosting.

About Frankenstein Cookies

Halloween doesn’t always have to be the spooky type of creepy. Sometimes it can be adorably creepy, and that’s exactly the case for these precious Frankenstein cookies.

With a crispy cookie base and bright, colorful decorations, these little guys capture everything that’s lighthearted and fun about Halloween.

Plus, there’s no baking required for the cookies, and the decorations are simple and easy. Very kid-friendly and fun to create!

What’s in Frankenstein cookies?

  • Keebler Deluxe Grahams – Delicious crispy cookies that are essentially a graham cracker coated in a thick layer of chocolate. These form the base of the Frankenstein cookies, as their square shape is a perfect match for a tiny Frankenstein head.
  • Green frosting and chocolate frosting – For creating the green Frankenstein skin and decorating the mouth and stitches. I used store-bought versions for these, but feel free to use your own homemade frostings with food coloring.
  • Purple sprinkles and candy eyes – To give these cookies some character and life.
  • Candy corn – For creating the “neck bolts” on the sides of the Frankenstein cookies.
Top down view of a plate with two Frankenstein cookies on it, pictured with bowls of candy corn, sprinkles, a wire cooling rack with more cookies on it, and a gold pumkin.

What if you can’t find Keebler Deluxe Grahams?

The base cookie used in this recipe is essentially a chocolate-covered graham cracker. It’s a great choice because it’s a crisp cookie in a square shape – commonly associated with Frankenstein’s jawline – and has a dash of chocolate to boot. Keelber makes a store-bought version of this cookie (their Deluxe Grahams), and picking up a package of them makes things easy. But while you can usually buy Deluxe Grahams online, they can be scarce in stores.

If you find yourself unable to get your hands on a package of Deluxe Grahams, there’s a few options you can go with:

  • Make your own. There are plenty of great recipes out there for homemade chocolate-covered graham crackers. And better yet, when you make your own cookies, you have full control over all the coating and fillings!
  • Just use graham crackers. The cookies won’t have the added chocolate flavor (unless you you can find chocolate graham crackers, which can also be scarce) but they’ll still have the delicious crunch and square shape.
  • Use another crispy, square-shaped cookie. Square cookies work best for giving a Frankenstein vibe, and since you’re going to be covering the cookie in frosting, anyway, the only thing that matters about the base cookie is whether or not you think it’s delicious. You could even make rolled sugar cookies and cut them into square shapes or use a circular cookie and trim the edges to create a square.

How should Frankenstein cookies be stored?

For best results, store decorated Frankenstein cookies in a single layer in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Keeping them chilled will keep the frosting set and help keep the cookies crisp.

Top down view of multiple Frankenstein cookies on a wire cooking rack, freshly decorated.

Can you make these cookies in advance?

Certainly! For the best presentation, I recommend making these cupcakes no more than 24 hours in advance.

How long are these cookies good for?

Once decorated, these cookies can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Can you freeze these cookies?

Bad news here, guys. Due to a lot of different variables in these cookies (such as the base cookie, different types of frosting used, etc) I can’t recommend freezing these cookies. Many things could change between decorating, freezing, and thawing which could make the cookies soggy or change the frosting texture.

For best results, enjoy these cookies while they’re freshly made.

Notes & tips for Frankenstein cookies

  • Feel free to use your own homemade frostings for this recipe.
  • I used green frosting for the skin, but you can also use purple or orange.
  • Although it is optional, chilling these cookies is recommended to set the frosting. If served at room temperature, these cookies may be a bit messy (but still tasty!)
  • The iris part of the candy eyes has a tendency to smudge, ruining the cook of a gazing eye. You can avoid this by handling them with clean, dry hands, tweezers, or tongs. If the iris of the candy eye does smudge, use a lightly damp Q-tip or napkin to clean it.
Close up top down view of a single Frankenstein cookie, showing off the green color of the skin, purple sprinkle hair, chocolate accents for mouth and stitches, and candy corn neck bolts.

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How to make Frankenstein cookies

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Kick things off by topping each Keebler Deluxe Graham with some green frosting (to create the “skin.”)

Step 2 – Top each cookie with purple sprinkles (for the hair) and add two candy eyes.

Step 3 – Cut the white tip off of the candy corn, then dip the cut end in some of the remaining green frosting. Attach a candy corn to each side of the cookies (to create the “neck bolts.”)

Step 4 – Add the chocolate frosting to a pastry bag or Ziploc bag with a small cut for piping, then draw a mouth and a few stitch marks on each cookie.

Step 5 – If you’d like the frosting to be firm, chill the cookies for 30 minutes.

Step 6 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Top down view of two decorated Frankenstein cookies on an orange plate, surrounded by candy corn, sprinkles, and frosting.
5 from 1 vote

Frankenstein Cookies

30 mins prep
278 kcal
Yields: 10 cookies
These adorable Frankenstein cookies are made with a chocolate-covered graham cracker base topped with green frosting, purple sprinkles, and candy accents.

Instructions

  • First, prepare your work area and decorations. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place Keebler Deluxe Grahams in a single layer. For each piece of candy corn, cut off the white tip and discard it. Set both nearby.
    20 pieces candy corn, 10 Keebler Deluxe Grahams
  • Frost each Keebler Deluxe Graham with about 1 1/2 tablespoons of frosting, making sure to also coat the top and sides of the cookie. Leave the bottom clear. Reserve a small amount of frosting for further decorating.
    1 cup green frosting
  • Decorate cookies by coating top area with purple sprinkles (for the hair) and placing to candy eyes just below the hairline.
    purple sprinkles, candy eyes
  • Add chocolate frosting to a pastry bag and make a small cut at the tip (or use a Ziploc bag with a small cut in the corner). Do a quick squeeze test; chocolate should come out freely in a narrow string. Adjust hole size as needed.
    1/2 cup chocolate frosting
  • Use chocolate frosting to draw a mouth and stitches on each cookie.
  • Dip the cut side of the candy corn in frosting, then attach a candy corn to each side of the cookies (for the neck screws.)
  • If desired, transfer cookies to the refrigerator so frosting can set, about 30 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 0.4IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy