Halloween Treats & Desserts

These terrifyingly tantalizing Halloween treats include spiced cookies that are transformed into bats, cobwebs, and skulls, brownies benefit from the addition of pumpkin, and black and orange candies on top of rich blondies.

Staff Picks

Pumpkin Bars

In between bars and a crowd-friendly sheet cake is this autumnal dessert. Moist and tender pumpkin spice cake is lavished with cream cheese frosting for bars that are simply irresistible. 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream-Cheese Filling

Rating: 3.5 stars 751
Tender pumpkin-spiced cookies are filled with tangy cream cheese frosting for a delightful autumnal dessert. Kids and adults alike will love this recipe, which comes from Matt Lewis' Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

Candy Apples

Rating: 3.5 stars 318
Candy apples are a classic fall dessert that family and friends are sure to love. Use your apple-picking haul to make the ultimate Halloween treat, complete with a sticky-sweet caramel coating.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 933
Pumpkin's not just for pies. Mix up these cupcakes with canned pumpkin and lots of spice, then top them with tangy cream cheese frosting and the cutest mini marzipan pumpkins.

Pumpkin Cookies with Brown Butter Icing

Rating: 4 stars 562
These soft cookies are like mini pumpkin cakes—and you're guaranteed to get a bit of sweet, brown-butter-flecked icing in every bite. A combination of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger flavor the moist pumpkin batter.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 112
Nothing says fall like a pumpkin dessert, and this one features a light, fluffy mousse layered over a sweet gingersnap crust. It's no ordinary pumpkin pie—in fact, it's even better. 

Popcorn Balls

Rating: 3 stars 556
No tricks, only treats here! This classic kid-friendly snack is made with just four ingredients—popcorn, melted buttered, marshmallows, and light brown sugar. Feel free to mix in additional sweet ingredients such as dried fruit, toffee bits, or chopped chocolate to these popcorn balls.

Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

Rating: 4 stars 46
There is fall flavor in every bite of this seasonal bundt. An apple-cider glaze and caramelized apples in the batter set this spice cake apart.

Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies

Rating: 3.5 stars 511
Chocolate and pumpkin make a delightfully gooey pair in these creamy pumpkin-swirl brownies. Pure pumpkin purèe and vegetable oil are the secret to creating a very moist bite.

Maple Pumpkin Pie with Leaf Lattice

Rating: 3 stars 114
Pumpkin pie is infused with a delicious maple flavor and topped with a leaf-lattice piecrust. You will need a 2-inch leaf cutter for this recipe. The leaf crust is very delicate, so take extra care when placing it on top of the pie.

Ginger Pumpkin Bread

Rating: 3.5 stars 357
Make this moist quick bread all autumn long. The ginger and pumpkin flavors blend together nicely in this sweet dessert bread.

Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats

Rating: 3 stars 215
Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder give a classic cereal bar a devilish twist. With only five ingredients and 10 minutes of prep work, who could resist baking one of these batty bars?
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Inspiration and Ideas

Halloween Cake Recipes That Are Terrifyingly Delicious
Who needs candy when there are these bewitching cakes to slice into? Our selection of tricky treats includes chocolate cakes, cheesecakes, and spice cakes all decked out in supremely scary decorations.
25 Halloween Treat Bags and Favors Made to Delight
Trick-or-treaters and party guests will be in for a sweet—or spooky—surprise when Halloween candy is dressed up and disguised. Dozens of party crafts featuring familiar Halloween characters (like witches, cats, and bats) are easy to produce, thanks to printable full-color clip-art and traceable templates.
Popcorn on the Cob

Celebrate harvest season with "ears" of candied popcorn, reminiscent of Indian corn. Unbleached parchment paper from your pantry is all you need for the pretty presentation.