Halloween Treats and Dessert Recipes

Caramel apples, pumpkin seeds, and Halloween cupcakes, cookies and pies. These Halloween desserts are sweet and just a little spooky.

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Halloween Macarons

Rating: 3.5 stars
Macarons colored for Halloween with a mascarpone-caramel filling. After much trial and error, I was able to perfect a macaron recipe that worked for me. I am a reluctant baker but this seems to work even for a scatterbrain like me. It is very important that certain guidelines are followed to ensure a proper cookie. These are worth every effort. I recommend weighing the ingredients instead of using volume measurements.

Halloween Buttermilk Bundt® Cake

Rating: 4 stars
A dense, moist Bundt® cake colored for Halloween. This cake can easily be converted to a gluten-free version simply by exchanging the wheat flour with your favorite cup-to-cup gluten-free flour.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies

These 4-ingredient pumpkin chocolate chip brownies are the moistest, most incredibly rich and gooey, best chocolaty brownies with pumpkin chocolate chips you will ever make! Fun Halloween dessert!

Monster Chocolate Cupcakes for Halloween

Who doesn't love a monster? After my kids watched the movie 'Monsters, Inc' they wanted me to make them monster cupcakes and I obliged...and now we make them every year, especially during Halloween.

Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Rating: 4.71 stars
This is a fun Halloween treat that is easy enough for kids to help create. I modified an idea I found on Pinterest to be less expensive and easier to put together.

Owl Cupcakes

Rating: 4.67 stars
Looking for fun ideas for a kid's birthday party, a bake sale, or to celebrate Halloween? Try these cute owl cupcakes that are extremely easy to make. All you need are cookies, some M&Ms, and a little creativity!

Halloween Skeleton Cookies

Rating: 5 stars
I bake these creepy skeleton cookies every year for Halloween, but they work also for Day of the Dead. You can use any cut-out-cookie recipe as the base. I usually cut out 2 different-shaped figures using my gingerbread men cookie cutters.

Caramel for Apples

Rating: 4.02 stars
Awesome caramel for dipping apples, bananas etc. Great for topping on ice cream too.

Dirt Cake I

Rating: 4.72 stars
This is a great conversation piece at parties. Adults love it as much as the children do. Get a new garden trowel, medium sized flower pot and artificial flower at a craft store for full effect.

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Rating: 4.43 stars
Whenever you make these cookies for someone, be sure to bring along several copies of the recipe! You will be asked for it, I promise! NOTE: I make icing with confectioners' sugar and milk. I make it fairly thin, as I 'paint' the icing on the cookies with a pastry brush. Thin enough to spread easily but not so thin that it just makes your cookies wet and runs off.

Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Apple Hand Pies

Rating: 4.73 stars
These hand pies, also known as turnovers, look too perfect to be homemade. Any of your favorite pie fillings, both sweet and savory, will work. I hope you give this easy technique a try soon. Enjoy!

Inspiration and Ideas

5 Retro Halloween Treats

These ideas are perfect for your Halloween party! To make these candy corn-colored treats, add yellow and orange food coloring to part of the batch, then pat the mixture into cake pans.

10 Kid-Pleasing Halloween Treats

These scary-faced treats will force you to look them in the eye as you eat them!

Mexican Pumpkin Empanadas

Rating: 4.62 stars

My take on a traditional pumpkin empanada! Adjust all spices to your taste.