What’s better than a Halloween treat box filled with candy? A treat box you can eat!
If you already know how to decorate cookies, a few simple extra steps, and you can make these adorable edible Halloween treat boxes.
- Halloween cookie cutters (at least 3.5″-4″)
- Small rectangular cookie cutters (1.5″ -2″ wide)
- Piping bags/bottles
- Citrus zester or cheese grater
- Halloween candy
- Cello bags
- Ribbon or twist ties
The candy corn, skull, jar, and trick or treat bag are all from The Sweet Designs Shoppe, and they were all regular size. The pumpkin was something I got years ago, but I don’t remember where. The cat was a cutter that I 3D printed for a custom order, way back when. Sweet Designs Shoppe does have a very similar pumpkin and cat face that you can purchase.
My square and rectangle cutters were from a gingerbread house set, but you can use anything similar in shape and size (they were a little over 1.5″ wide). You can even cut those shapes out using a ruler and knife.
You can use any Halloween cutter for these boxes that you have on hand. You just want a shape that has a flatter bottom, or one that you can shave down to make a flat bottom, and cutters that are on the larger side (~3.5″-4″).
Step 1: Cut Out a Front and Back Cookie for Each Box
You want a mirror image of each shape for your boxes. Using the same cutter, cut out 2 of each cookie, and then just flip one over before baking.
You also want to cut out two side pieces, and one bottom piece for each box. So you should have 5 cookies for each box: 1 front, 1 back, 1 bottom, and 2 sides.
Step 2: Flatten Bottom of Front and Back Cookies
After cookies are baked and cooled, use a citrus zester or cheese grater to shave down the bottom of your front and back pieces, so that they sit flat.
I place the cookies back-to-back, and shave them both down at once, so that they are both even.
Step 3: Make Sure Pieces Fit Together
Fit all the cookies together to make sure that the bottom and sides are the correct size. You can file the side/bottom cookies down a bit if they are too long.
Step 4: Decorate Cookies
Decorate your cookies, and then allow them to dry overnight before assembling the boxes the next day. You can leave the bottom piece un-decorated.
Get creative and decorate the side cookies to match the front and back pieces.
Step 5: Assemble Sides and Bottom Cookies
Using royal icing, “glue” the sides to the bottom cookie. Allow to dry for at least 30 minutes before moving on.
Use bottles, jars, or cans to hold pieces together while they are drying. Nothing is worse than gluing your cookie pieces together, lining everything up perfectly, and then having them fall apart before they could fully dry!
Step 6: Assemble Front and Back Pieces
Glue front cookie to the assembled and dried bottom and side pieces.
Glue back cookie to the assembled and dried bottom and side pieces.
Step 7: Allow to Dry
Make sure that you allow your assembled boxes to fully dry before filling with candy and packaging.
Step 8: Ta-Dah!
Admire how cute your cookie boxes are! 😍
Step 9: Fill with Candy and Package
I used 5″ x 3″ x 11.5″ premium clear gusseted cello bags from Paper Mart. You can also find something similar at hobby/craft stores or online.