3 Ingredient Nutter Butter Ghosts: Spooky Halloween Treat

I know sometimes our busy lives get in the way, but you still want to do something cute and fun for Halloween. That’s where these adorable Nutter Butter ghosts come in! Dressing up pre-made cookies in a spooky coating takes just a few minutes, so they’re easy enough for anyone!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

With just 3 ingredients and under 2 minutes of cooking time thanks to your microwave, this spooky treat doesn’t get much easier!

Pre-made Nutter Butter cookies get a quick bath in a white chocolate coating to add a spooky ghost-like look. Top it off with some icing, mini chocolate chips, or edible eyes to really solidify the look.

It’s one of those recipes that the kids can easily help with, making it a fun family activity. In fact, the less perfect your dip job, the more fun and unique your ghosts will be!

holding up a spooky nutter butter ghost cookie

These decorated cookies are perfect for your Halloween party, offering an easy grab and snack option. They may still be sweet, but at least it’s an alternative to more Halloween candy!

Ingredients List

ingredients to make nutter butter ghosts
  • 24 Nutter Butter (or generic equivalent) cookies – a 16 oz package has enough, plus a few extra in case some are broken
  • 11 ounce bag white chocolate chips (or white melting chocolate)
  • 48 mini chocolate chips (or similar – see notes below)

Ingredient Tips and Notes

  • You can make as many or as few cookies as you like, depending on the size of your crowd. This recipe adjusts easily up and down for more or less!
  • Mini chocolate chips are a great option for the “eyeballs” for your ghosts. However, you can also use black cookie icing, small black sugar pearls, or edible fondant eyeballs (depending what you have available at the store and like the look of best). Remember, you’ll need 2 per ghost you plan to make!

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet or rack with wax paper or a silicone baking mat
get a silicone baking mat or line parchment for the cookies
  1. Pour your white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl (a tall, deep bowl is best since we’re dipping), and cook on high for 30 seconds. Stir, then cook for another 30 seconds. If it is not smooth, add additional time in 10-15 second increments, stirring each time, until it is. Note that if you use candy melts, the needed time may differ (consult the packaging)
melt white chocolate chips in the microwave to act as the base ghost color
  1. Hold the bottom of one Nutter Butter cookie in your hand, and dip the opposite side into the melted white chocolate, covering somewhere between ⅓ and ½ of the cookie
dip the nutter butter about halfway into the melted chocolate
  1. Lift the cookie out of the chocolate. Instead of tapping excess off back into the bowl, stand the cookie upright (with the undipped part against the table) and tap it gently to cause the chocolate to drip downwards and form an uneven edge
gently tap the nutter butter to allow the melted chocolate to naturally drip down the cookie
  1. Set the dipped cookie onto the wax paper or silicone mat (choose whichever side looks cooler to face up!), then gently place 2 mini chocolate chips near the top to make eyes. Press them into the still-warm chocolate to stick them on (the same applies for candy eyes as well)
add chocolate chips for eyes to each of the ghosts
  1. Allow the decorated cookies to cool and harden fully (about 10-15 minutes), then enjoy!
overhead view of rows of nutter butter ghosts

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Recipe FAQs

What Are Nutter Butter Ghosts?

Nutter Butter ghosts are delightful treats made from Nutter Butter cookies, which are transformed into adorable ghost shapes by dipping them in white chocolate.

These sweet snacks are perfect for Halloween or ghost-themed parties.

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Nutter Butter Ghosts?

You’ll need Nutter Butter cookies or a generic equivalent, white chocolate or white candy coating, mini chocolate chips or other edible decorations for the eyes, and lollipop sticks if you want to make them into pops.

You can also use black icing to create the eyes if preferred.

Can I Use Different Cookies for This Recipe?

While Nutter Butter cookies are ideal for creating ghost shapes, you can experiment with other similar-shaped cookies or your favorite sandwich cookies.

Vienna Fingers are another oblong shaped choice, and a good alternative for those with peanut allergies.

How Do I Melt the White Chocolate or Candy Coating?

The easiest method is to melt the white chocolate or candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl in short intervals, stirring each time until it’s smooth.

Alternatively, you can use a double boiler on the stovetop for melting.

How Do I Add the Eyes to the Nutter Butter Ghosts?

You can use mini chocolate chips, edible candy eyes, or other small round decorations. Simply place them onto the freshly dipped cookie before the coating hardens.

If you would like to add eyes after the coating has hardened, use black icing or frosting and apply small dots. Royal icing is best here, as it will harden as well.

Can I Get Creative with Decorating My Nutter Butter Ghosts?

Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with decorations. You can use colored candy melts, edible markers, or sprinkles to give your ghosts unique personalities.

You can also add ribbons of chocolate on top of the original dip to create mummy Nutter Butters!

Can I Make Nutter Butter Ghosts in Advance?

Yes, you can make Nutter Butter ghosts in advance. Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place to maintain their freshness.

Generally, they are fresh for at least a week if stored properly.

How Can I Use Nutter Butter Ghosts for Halloween or Parties?

Nutter Butter ghosts are perfect for Halloween-themed parties, treats for kids, or as a fun dessert. Serve them in a bowl or on a fun Halloween themed platter.

They can also be wrapped individually in clear bags with festive ribbons for party favors.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • If you use black icing for the eyes, dot them on after the white chocolate has hardened instead, to prevent smudging
  • You can dip the whole cookie using a fork if you prefer the entire cookie to be coated in an even layer of white chocolate. It’s not as unique as the uneven edges, but will still look ghostly!
  • For a mummy Nutter Butter variation, drizzle or pipe a thin stream of additional white chocolate side to side over the initial base coating to form “bandages” wrapping the cookie!
  • My white chocolate took about 1 minute and 45 seconds total in a 1000W microwave to be smooth. Other wattages will vary. If your chocolate starts to seize up while dipping (if you’re making a really large batch this can happen) then just re-microwave for about 30 seconds to loosen it back up!
closeup of nutter butter ghosts lined up in rows

Storage & Presentation Tips

  • Store Nutter Butter ghosts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. You may also refrigerate them if your ambient temperature is too warm for the chocolate to not melt
  • Serve on a spooky plate or Halloween-themed serving tray! Alternatively, wrap the cookies in cello bags or place them into small clamshell containers for to-go options and favors

More Microwave Dipped Treats to Try

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a fun spooky treat for Halloween but you’re short on time, these Nutter Butter ghosts are the perfect solution!

With just 3 ingredients and about 2 minutes of cooking time, they’re a low effort yet adorable snack. You can even make them in advance since they keep well, taking some of the hassle and rush off later.

They’re perfect for Halloween parties, and loved by kids and adults alike! They’re also suitable for a vegetarian diet, so long as you don’t purchase a non-vegetarian friendly chocolate.

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Easy 3 Ingredient Nutter Butter Ghosts for Halloween

These Nutter Butter ghosts are perfect for Halloween! With just 3 ingredients and the help of your microwave, you’ll have a fun and spooky party snack!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 12
Calories 335 kcal

Equipment

  • Microwave
  • Mixing bowl (microwave safe)
  • Wax paper (or silicone baking mat)

Ingredients
  

  • 16 Ounce package Nutter Butter cookies (or generic equivalent)
  • 11 Ounce bag white chocolate chips (or white melting chocolate)
  • 48 Mini chocolate chips (see notes for alternatives)

Instructions
 

  • Line a baking sheet, rack, or flat work surface with wax paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Pour your white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl (a tall, deep bowl is best since we’re dipping), and cook on high for 30 seconds. Stir, then cook for another 30 seconds. If it is not smooth, add additional time in 10-15 second increments, stirring each time, until it is. Note that if you use candy melts, the needed time may differ (consult the packaging)
    11 Ounce bag white chocolate chips
  • Hold the bottom of one Nutter Butter cookie in your hand, and dip the opposite side into the melted white chocolate, covering somewhere between ⅓ and ½ of the cookie
    16 Ounce package Nutter Butter cookies
  • Lift the cookie out of the chocolate. Instead of tapping excess off back into the bowl, stand the cookie upright (with the undipped part against the table) and tap it gently to cause the chocolate to drip downwards and form an uneven edge
  • Set the dipped cookie onto the wax paper or silicone mat (choose whichever side looks cooler to face up!), then gently place 2 mini chocolate chips near the top to make eyes. Press them into the still-warm chocolate to stick them on (the same applies for candy eyes as well)
    48 Mini chocolate chips
  • Allow the decorated cookies to cool and harden fully (about 10-15 minutes; the first ones will be ready by the time you dip the last), then enjoy!

Notes

  • You can make as many or as few cookies as you like, depending on the size of your crowd. This recipe adjusts easily up and down for more or less! I usually make 2 dozen at a time (the 16-ounce pack of cookies will have a few extras, but inevitably some are broken so it works out)
  • Mini chocolate chips are a great option for the “eyeballs” for your ghosts. However, you can also use black cookie icing, small black sugar pearls, or edible fondant eyeballs (depending what you like). Remember, you’ll need 2 per ghost you plan to make!
  • If you use black icing for the eyes, dot them on after the white chocolate has hardened instead, to prevent smudging
  • You can dip the whole cookie using a fork if you prefer the entire cookie to be coated in an even layer of white chocolate. It’s not as unique as the uneven edges, but will still look ghostly!
  • For a mummy Nutter Butter variation, drizzle or pipe a thin stream of additional white chocolate side to side over the initial base coating to form “bandages” wrapping the cookie!
  • My white chocolate took about 1 minute and 45 seconds total in a 1000W microwave to be smooth. Other wattages will vary. If your chocolate starts to seize up while dipping (if you’re making a really large batch this can happen) then just re-microwave for about 30 seconds to loosen it back up!
  • Store Nutter Butter ghosts in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. You may also refrigerate them if your ambient temperature is too warm for the chocolate to not melt
  • Serve on a spooky plate or Halloween-themed serving tray! Alternatively, wrap the cookies in cello bags or place them into small clamshell containers for to-go options and favors
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand of ingredients and quantity consumed. Values reflect the use of all white chocolate, whereas there will be some extra. Please consider this a guideline only

Nutrition

Serving: 66gCalories: 335kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 4.7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8.6gCholesterol: 5.5mgSodium: 159mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 7.8IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 1.3mg
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