Halloween Treats & Desserts
Whether you're throwing a Halloween party or simply making an after-school treat, these frighteningly delicious recipes are sure to please.
Celebrate Halloween by tinting one-third of the filling with orange food coloring and one-third with yellow food coloring; keep one-third white. You can also flavor the colored fillings with 1 tsp. of your favorite extract, such as orange or almond. For adults-only cookies, stir 1 Tbsp. bourbon or rum into filling before dividing to tint.
Recipe: Crème-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Bake the cookies up to five days ahead, and store in an airtight container. To make our wind cookies and leaf cookies, we used round cutters and swirly piping to represent the wind, and various sizes of leaf-shaped cutters for fluttering foliage.
A chewy ring of brownie-batter crust folds over creamy and luscious peanut butter cheesecake. Yes, please! Recipe from Savor the Moment by the Junior League of Boca Raton.
- Recipe: Cinderella Cheesecake
Take popcorn to the next level with peanuts, caramel, and colorful candies.
Recipe: Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix
Branch out and get creative with some of our favorite caramel apple toppings. We used Southern magnolia twigs; other branches may render the apples inedible. When in doubt, use craft sticks or large pretzel sticks.
- Recipe: Southern-Style Caramel Apples
Starting with packaged caramel apple wraps make these tasty apples eerily easy to make and a fun project to do with the kids.
- Recipe: Candy Apples
Serve an impressive dinner party dessert stuffed in the season's signature fruit. This top-rated pumpkin recipe calls for all our favorite ingredients: butter, sugar, pecan, cranberries, and a rich Lemon-Vanilla Sauce.
This sweet treat combines pumpkin with white chocolate chips, marshmallow crème and chopped pecans to make a delicious new staple for the Halloween season.
- Recipe: Pumpkin Fudge
These lollipops make a perfect party project for kids. (Help younger children insert the lollipop sticks.) Arrange lollipops in a container filled with florist foam for an impressive centerpiece, or wrap individually in cellophane and give as party favors.
- Recipe: Harvest Moon Lollipops
Serve Cereal-and-Granola "Apples" for dessert or package them as party favors for the kids.
- Recipe: Cereal-and-Granola "Apples"
For all the reluctant bakers out there, have no fear: Witches’ Hats require only three ingredients and no baking! Fudge-striped shortbread cookies are simply topped with a chocolate kiss and finished with a frosting bow.
- Recipe: Witches' Hats
Meringue cookies make delicious and festive Halloween ornaments on a central tablescape. Use licorice string as a loop if you plan to hang the spooky treats.
- Recipe: White Meringue Ghosts
You'll be the most popular house on the block if you pass out these treats!
- Watch: Deep-Fried Candy Corn