Love and Confections: Chocolate Sugar Cookie Coffin Boxes #HalloweenTreatsWeek

October 5, 2018

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Coffin Boxes #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Coffins are a ghoulish delight. Chocolate coffin cutout sugar cookies are layered together with royal icing, filled with chocolate frosting, then topped with Oreo dirt and chocolate skeletons. An impressive and creepy sweet treat for your Halloween party!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #HalloweenTreatsWeek. All opinions are mine alone.

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I love making fun cookie boxes and with Halloween on the way, what better cookie box then a coffin filled with creamy chocolate frosting, crumbled Oreo cookies, and a white candy skeleton.

This is actually the first time I tried this specific chocolate sugar cookie recipe. It's from LilaLoa, who is an amazing cookie artist. The dough was okay, and I followed her directions explicitly. I opted to bake my dough after chilling - she has different ingredient measurements on her blog if you don't want to chill the dough.

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I found a large coffin cookie cutter at my craft store, which was perfect for the cookie boxes. For the inside cutout, you either cut it by hand, or use a smaller coffin or rectangle cutter. Ideally the dough won't spread and you will be left with perfect shapes after baking. I am going to try and play around with my regular cookie recipe to see if I can make it into some different flavored dough for the next time.

I opted to fill my coffins with chocolate frosting. You can also use whipped chocolate ganache, or even chocolate pudding to make a dirt cake style cookie box - although I would only do that immediately before serving so you don't get the cookies soggy.

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The coffin is held together with a stiff royal icing tinted black. I opted for black simply because I didn't have a dark enough brown, and didn't want to over saturate the icing with food color. Part of the royal icing was tinted green for the grass - this looked really cute if you want to plate them up for presentation.

Wilton has some really cute chocolate molds, and their white candy melts, along with some Crisco, went into a double boiler for the molded skeletons. I prefer using a double boiler with all my chocolate and candy melts, because it allows me to see the product as it's melting and not burn or overcook it.

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I made a few cookie coffin boxes with the dough recipe and filled one of them with candy corn and gummy eyeballs. You can use whatever is your favorite candy or dessert on the inside. These are also very large and meant to share, so grab some Halloween-loving friends and dig in!

Here are a few items used in this recipe:

Chocolate Sugar Cookie Coffin Boxes

adapted from LilaLoa


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened but not room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • Royal Icing
  • Black and green food color
  • White candy melts
  • Crisco
  • Oreo cookies


  1. In bowl of stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter, shortening and sugar together until well blended.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, baking powder and salt and combine. Add in cocoa powder and flour. Mix until flour is completely combined. It will look very soft and sticky.
  3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill minimum 8 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375F. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
  5. Roll dough onto lightly floured surface. Cut 6 large coffins and place on baking sheet. Chill 10 minutes. Cut 6 more coffins and then cut the center out to create a hollow box once assembled. Place on cookie sheet and chill 10 minutes.
  6. Bake each tray individually for 8-10 minutes. Cool on tray for 10 minutes then move to rack to cool completely
  7. Prepare royal icing according to package directions.
  8. Assemble coffins by piping royal icing around the edge of 3 base cookies. pipe around the edge of 3 center cookies. Stack the cookies: base cookie-icing-center cookie-icing center cookie.
  9. Frost or pipe on the top of the cookie and let dry overnight. 
  10. Melt candy melts according to package directions. Add 2-3 teaspoons Crisco to candy melts until you get the right consistency. Spoon or pipe into molds and set in freezer for 10-15 minutes. Pop out of mold onto parchment and reserve until decorating.
  11. Fill with chocolate frosting, top with Oreo cookie crumbs and white chocolate skeleton. Pipe grass if desired.

Chocolate Frosting*

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  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
*This recipe make a large amount of frosting. This frosting refrigerates/freezes well for extra.

Check out the amazing #HalloweenTreatsWeek recipes from our bloggers today!

Happy Halloween! We hope you're ready for a spooktacular event as we celebrate Halloween with the first annual #HalloweenTreatsWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear's Wife. This haunting week-long event is filled with fantastic Halloween treats, recipes and some frightfully fun giveaways.
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For our very first #HalloweenTreatsWeek event we have 30 talented bloggers that are sharing their favorite Halloween recipes throughout the week! There are going to be over 100 Halloween themed recipes shared during this year's #HalloweenTreatsWeek and we can't wait for you to see them all! Plus, don't forget that we have 5 (five) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors! Scroll down to take a look!

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Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week-long event, #HalloweenTreatsWeek but all opinions are 100% mine! We would like to Thank our amazing sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Adam's Extract, Wilton, Sweets and Treats Shop and Treat Street USA ! These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #HalloweenTreatsWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.

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