Halloween Dessert Recipes and Treats for Kids
Halloween is a wonderfully spooky time of year, and these Halloween dessert recipes make creating Halloween treats for kids a pleasure. You can get your inspiration for Halloween desserts and Halloween treats for kids from the fantastic flavors of the season: think Pumpkin Fudge, or Southern-Style Caramel Apples. Chocolate Ghost Cakes, Monster Cupcakes, and Witches’ Hats are so delicious you may even say they are scary-good. You can also conjure the spirits of the season with our Crème-Filled Chocolate Cookies, and the Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies, both of which are bewitchingly tasty. So enjoy your favorite Halloween desserts and tasty treats. You’ll be so frightened by how good these Halloween treats for kids are - you just might make some extra for yourself, too. Boo!
Crème-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
This filled-cookie recipe is fantastic any time of year, but you can make it ghostly good by taking a few special steps for the scary season. If you really want these cookies to be frightful and delightful, let them help you celebrate Halloween by tinting one-third of the filling with orange food coloring and one-third with yellow food coloring; keep one-third white. For an unexpected taste surprise you can also flavor the colored fillings with 1 tsp. of your favorite extract, such as orange or almond. For adults-only cookies, you can stir 1 Tbsp. bourbon or rum into filling before dividing to tint.
Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies
Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Cutout Cookies
Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, and behold, we think these cookies are beautiful. They catch the gorgeous colors of the season, and when you and your family decorate these cookies you may capture these beautiful colors too. These simple-to-make cookies are also delicious. You can bake these cookies up to five days in advance, and store them in an airtight container. To make our wind cookies and leaf cookies, we used round cookie cutters and swirly piping to represent the wind, and various sizes of leaf-shaped cutters for fluttering foliage. Stack up cookies on your plate and pretend that you are outside raking leaves.
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Recipe: Cinderella Cheesecake
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.
Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix
Recipe: Caramel-Peanut-Popcorn Snack Mix
Your guests will be grabbing one paper cone to devour on the spot and another one to go if you make this delicious take on traditional popcorn. Sure, you’re going to start with those fifteen cups of freshly-popped kernels that you’ve just made, but it will be the homemade brown sugar, butter, and dark corn syrup topping that you’ve drizzled on, plus the delicious candies that you’ve mixed in, that can truly take this popcorn to the next level. With peanuts, caramel, and colorful candy-coated peanut butter candies, it’s no wonder Caramel Peanut Popcorn Snack Mix is such a Halloween surprise.
Southern-Style Caramel Apples
Recipe: Southern-Style Caramel Apples
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: Candy Apples
Starting with packaged caramel apple wraps make these tasty apples eerily easy to make and a fun project to do with the kids.
Stuffed Pumpkin with Cranberry-Raisin Bread Pudding
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.
Recipe: Pumpkin Fudge
This sweet treat combines pumpkin with white chocolate chips, marshmallow crème and chopped pecans to make a delicious new staple for the Halloween season.
Harvest Moon Lollipops
Recipe: Harvest Moon Lollipops
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.
Heavenly Candy Bar Cupcakes
Chocolate Ghost Cakes
Recipe: Cereal-and-Granola "Apples"
Serve Cereal-and-Granola "Apples" for dessert or package them as party favors for the kids.
Pumpkin Cake With Little Ghosts
Easy Owl-Ween Treats
No recipe needed! Open-faced Oreos, M & M’s, candy corn, and sprinkles bring a convenience store treat―a MoonPie―to life. Secure cookies and candy to your MoonPie with melted chocolate candy coating. Then insert a 12- x ¼-inch dowel, available at craft stores, into marshmallow center and secure with more chocolate for an eye-popping, kid-friendly sweet.
Recipe: Witches' Hats
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.
Candy Corn Chocolate Cakes
White Meringue Ghosts
Recipe: White Meringue Ghosts
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.
No recipe needed! To make these festive cakes, order six unfrosted bakery cupcakes, or bake your own. Stir 8 drops purple liquid food coloring into 1 (16-oz.) can creamy supreme vanilla frosting. Pipe onto cupcakes; add edible toppers (available at party stores). Place each cupcake in a glass “specimen” jar (widemouthed canning jar) for a creative favor.
Deep-Fried Candy Corn
Watch: Deep-Fried Candy Corn
You'll be the most popular house on the block if you pass out these treats!