Looking for a quick and easy snack to enjoy while you’re watching Hocus Pocus this spooky season? Use this easy Hocus Pocus cookie recipe to make some no-bake cookies that look like Binx the cat with some Nutter Butters.
It’s time to get spooky! Make these no-bake cookies as part of your Hocus Pocus movie night. They’re so easy to make even the Sanderson Sisters could make them so the kids can totally get in the kitchen to give you a hand with these. Even if you’re not watching the original Hocus Pocus or the new Hocus Pocus 2, these are a perfect Halloween treat or would be great for a cat-themed birthday party.
What do I need to make Hocus Pocus cookies?
You won’t need too many ingredients to make these cute cat cookies. Grab some cookies, candy melts, M&Ms, sprinkles, and chocolate chips to make these. These cookies are made with Nutter Butter peanut butter flavored cookies. If you have a peanut butter allergy (or just don’t care for peanut butter cookies), you could use a round sandwich cookie to just make the cat’s face.
Look for the sprinkles in the baking aisle of the grocery store. If you can’t find the heart-shaped ones, you can just use plain pink sprinkles or the candy melts to help make the nose for your cat.
You’ll also find the candy melts in the baking aisle of your favorite grocery store. Instead of candy melts, you can also use the chocolate melts from your favorite chocolate brand. Just know that regular chocolate can be more temperamental than the candy melts.
How do I make Hocus Pocus cat cookies?
Start out by gathering all of your ingredients. Once you get started, you’ll need to work fairly quickly to put these cookies together.
In addition to gathering your ingredients, also get your area ready for your dipped cookies. Lay down some parchment or wax paper on the counter or on a cookie sheet. This will help you get your cookies into the fridge or freezer as well as help contain the mess and make clean up easier.
The first thing you’ll do to make your cat cookies is to dip the Nutter Butters into the black candy melts. Open the package of cookies and pull out the ones you’ll be using. Try to find the cookies that are whole. Broken cookies may work for this but could affect how your cookies look so they’re perfect to snack on while you’re working.
You’ll also need to melt your black candy melts. Follow the directions on the package to melt them. Once they’re melted, dip your Nutter Butters into the candy melts.
To keep your fingers clean, insert a fork into one end of your cookie into the peanut butter filling. You can also just dip the cookie into the black candy melts and use a fork to scoop the cookie out. I wouldn’t suggest using your fingers to take the cookies out of the melted candy melts. That will get very messy very quickly and you’ll wind up with fingerprints on your finished cookies.
If you’re worried about the cleanup of the candy melts on the fork, you can put your fork into warm water as soon as you’re finished using it to help soften up and remove any of the candy melts left on the fork. You could also use a disposable fork that you can just throw out when you’re finished dipping all of your cookies. If you’ve got multiple helpers, an easy cleanup is important.
Gently tap the fork on the side of the bowl so the excess chocolate drips off the cookies before putting them onto the parchment or waxed paper. Don’t worry if there are excess drips or drizzles. They add character to your cookies. If you’d like to remove them, you can break them off the cookies once they’ve hardened or you can run the warmed blade of a knife around the cookie for a more clean edge.
Once the cookies have been dipped in chocolate, it’s time to make the faces. You’ll need to work quickly to get the faces on your cookies.
If your candy melts have hardened up, you can heat a glass plate in the microwave and touch the flat bottom of the chocolate chip to the warm plate to melt it a bit before attaching it to your cookie. Just be very careful with the warm plate.
Melt the white candy melts according to the directions on the package to finish making the cat’s face.
After the candy melts have melted, it’s time to make the whiskers on your cat’s face. Use a pastry brush, fork, or zip-top bag with the corner cut off (like a pastry bag) to drizzle the white chocolate to make whiskers. You can also add some of the black candy melts to the green M&Ms to make the eyes stand out.
If your house is on the cooler side, let the cookies sit on the counter and harden up. For homes on the warmer side (hey fellow southerners!), you might need to put your cookies into the fridge or freezer so the candy melts can firm back up.
A Few Cookie Making Tips
Use a blow dryer or other heating device to help re-melt the candy melts to attach the eyes or ears. This can also help remove any fingerprints that might show up when you’re making your cookies.
If you don’t have a blow dryer, use a warm glass plate. Stick it in the microwave for a few seconds and lay your covered cookie on the plate to re-melt the candy coating to add decorations.
These will stay for a few days on the counter in an air-tight container. If your house runs warm, they may need to be stored in the refrigerator to keep the candy melts from melting.
Make these Hocus Pocus cookies tonight!
If you’re looking for a fun and spooky way to end the week, consider hosting a Hocus Pocus movie night. This classic Disney movie is sure to get everyone in the mood for Halloween. You can stream the original and newest version, and then prepare some snacks and drinks for your guests. This Hocus Pocus cookie recipe is perfect to snack on while you’re watching the Hocus Pocus movies because it’s so quick and easy to put together.
They’d also be great to send in for a class Halloween party. Package them into individual zip-top bags or on a cute plate. If you’ve got local kids who come to trick-or-treat, giving these out individually would be a fun, festive treat to get on Halloween.
- Black Candy Melts
- White Candy Melts
- 20 Green M&M's
- 5 Heart Confetti Sprinkles (broke in half to make 10)
- 10 Nutter Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Chips
- Put down parchment or waxed paper on a cookie sheet to let the cookies dry on after they'd been dipped.
- Melt the black candy melts in a bowl according to the directions on the package.
- Dip the cookies into the melted black candy melts and put them onto the parchment or waxed paper.
- Add the green M&Ms for the eyes and half of a pink heart confetti sprinkle for the nose.
- To make the ears, use two chocolate chips on the top of the head.
- Melt the white candy melts according to the directions on the package. Use a pastry brush, fork, or a zip-top bag as a pastry bag to drizzle on the dipped cookie to make whiskers.
- You can drizzle the melted black candy melts onto the green M&Ms if you'd like to.
- If your home is cool, leave the cookies out to dry and harden. If you need them quickly or it's warmer where you live, put the cookies into the fridge or freezer to harden the chocolate.