Witch’s Cauldron Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar

Today we have a confluence of events almost as spectacular as the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse this past week (I hope you got to see it where ever you live, I thought it was pretty spectacular!):

    • October 1st is National Homemade Cookie Day.
    • October is National Cookie Month, National Dessert Month and National Caramel Month – which go perfectly with my cookie.
    • Our Fill the Cookie Jar theme is Halloween or other Fall treat.

Put all of those things together and you get these SpoOKy (or not) Witch’s Cauldron Cookies…

Witch's Cauldron Halloween cookies


“Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,–
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”
-Macbeth (IV, i, 14-15)

If Halloween isn’t your thing, leave off the candies, maybe add some nuts, and the Chocolate Caramel Cups would be equally delicious.

I saw these in a cookbook I have had for awhile, and thought they would be fun and easy.

Who knew the hardest part would be finding the licorice whips for the pot handle. I tried at least three stores and struggled to even find black licorice! Red vines and Twizzlers galore, but no skinny black whips. What’s the matter with these kids today, don’t they like the flavor of licorice?!

Ugh! I had no choice but to cut down some black licorice sticks. I was about to grab a pack when I spied the “chocolate” flavored ones and I noticed my husband’s eyes light up as he ogled them, so I grabbed those instead. Truthfully I think it was a far better flavor choice than if I’d use licorice, but they were not quite as cute as if I’d found the whips.

The eyes are readily available a number of places and I happened to have a few packs on hand. And I was THRILLED to find bone and bat candies with the Halloween baking supplies at Target (not a sponsor of the post, just telling you where I found the goods.)


Witch’s Cauldron Cookies

Serves 36
Prep time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Halloween
From book 3 Books in 1: Silly Snacks, Classroom Treats, Cookie Dough Fun
Cauldron Cookies - chocolate and caramel cauldron's filled with candy eyes, bones and bats for a spooky Halloween treat.


  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cups butter (salted)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 packet caramel candies (about 14 ounces) (unwrapped)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • candies for decorations (eyes, bones, bats, mini M&Ms, etc.)
  • black licorice whips


Black licorice whip was impossible to find locally for me, so I cut chocolate flavored licorice very thinly with kitchen shears for the pot handles.


Note that the long preparation time includes 1 hour and 15 minutes for chilling.


Combine flour and cocoa powder in a medium bowl.
In a large bowl cream flour and sugar until light and creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until mixed.
Add flour mixture and blend on low until just combined. Chill dough for at least 1 hour until firm.
Place a ball of about 1 tablespoon dough into each hole of a mini muffin pan. Press down in the bottom and up the sides. Chill for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F while dough is chilling.
Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes until puffy. Remove from oven, press down in the center and return to the oven for 1 minute.
Cool cookies in the muffin tin for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
While cookies are cooling. Melt the caramels and milk in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
Pour caramel into the center of the cookies, add a piece of licorice whip for the pot handle, and a few candy ingredients in the pot.


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  1. Cynthia L

    These are the cutest things ever! I would almost (note I said almost) hate to eat them they are so cute. I think you did good with the chocolate licorice! I have to agree with you, what is up with kids today – I love black licorice. Oh well, more for use!
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    1. Audrey@That Recipe

      The licorice whips would have been cuter, but the chocolate tasted better with these cookies.
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  2. Cindys Recipes and Writings

    What a cool Halloween treat! I love the caramel witch’s brew on top!
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    1. Audrey@That Recipe

      I have been craving caramel since I started thinking about what I was going to make this month.
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  3. Joanne/WineLady Cooks

    This is a terrific Halloween treat. My grandson would love helping me to make these. Your recipe sounds easy enough to make. If we have a chance this fall I’m going to give them a try.
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    1. Audrey

      Thanks, Joanne. They are quite easy to make and I always encourage people to cook with kids.

  4. Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom

    SO CUTE! They look like something I would buy at a bakery…. And yea, I think nobody really likes licorice any more… so sorry… 😛
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    1. Audrey

      Sigh, I guess I am a dinosaur taste-wise…. 😉

  5. Kris ~Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

    Wow, but these are PERFECT for Halloween! I love all the toppings you find, and the melted caramel for the cauldron? LOVE it!

    1. Audrey

      I was thrilled to find the bones and bats sprinkles.

  6. Julie S.

    These are super adorable 🙂 Sounds like quite a bit of work, but so festive and cute!
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    1. Audrey

      Actually they are pretty easy, especially if you have the licorice whips

  7. Carlee

    What a great idea!!! They turned out so cute! Pinning so I can give them a spin!
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    1. Audrey

      Thanks, Carlee.

  8. Marlys (This and That)

    I love these… so cute for Halloween. I just bought some eyes so I could make these.. yes. and I am a big fan of black licorice.
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    1. Audrey@That Recipe

      Thanks, Marlys.
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  9. Cristina @ I Say Nomato

    These are so cute! Love this idea 🙂 Thanks for sharing with the Wednesday Showcase!
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  10. Sahana

    Looks cute ,Audrey 🙂 I love anything Caramel. I will just gobble it if these cookies were near me 😉 Another great week with you at #HomeMattersParty .

    1. Audrey

      Caramel is definitely my weakness this year too.

  11. Alayna @AlaynasCreations

    Cute! I think the kids would love to help with this recipe. And how crazy that you couldn’t find any thin black licorice.
    I’m enjoying co-hosting the #HomeMattersParty with you!
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    1. Audrey

      I love having my son help in the kitchen. Someday soon, I am hoping he will take over for me so I can blog and he can cook (and clean?)

  12. Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog

    These are so cute! I’ve never heard of chocolate licorice before! Having fun co-hosting with you at the #HomeMattersParty
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    1. Audrey

      Chocolate licorice was new to me too, but the look on my husband’s face told me we HAD to buy them, ha ha.

  13. Denise

    Love seeing your posts every week, so much fun co-hosting with you #HomeMattersParty
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    1. Audrey

      Thanks, Denise!

  14. Jamie

    Those are adorable!! My son would love them. Pinned them to try and get some time to make some for my family!! #HomeMattersParty
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    1. Audrey

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope he likes them.

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