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

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?

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.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 1463
This recipe is the gold standard when it comes to classic cupcakes. We frosted these with Easy White Icing, but you could use our Chocolate Glaze for an even richer dessert.

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. 

Devil’s Inferno Cake

As if devil’s food cake weren't already temptation incarnate, we've cranked up the heat with a rich and melty ganache topping and a four-alarm-fire crown. All you need to fake the flames is sugar, water, a candy thermometer, and food coloring. Let the candy cool, and sink the hardened pieces in for a dessert that'll go down in a blaze of glory.
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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.

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.

"Broken Glass" Cupcakes

Rating: 3 stars 860
The recipe for the "glass" is essentially one for caramel. The trick is to cook it for a shorter amount of time than usual so it stays clear.

Darkest Chocolate Crepe Cake

Rating: 4 stars 351
The decorative nuts are dipped in caramelized sugar and hung in bat fashion—upside down—so the sugar streams and hardens into the best candy on the block.

Marzipan Pumpkin Petits Fours

Rating: 3 stars 31
Mini pumpkin cakes are covered with a layer of spiced cream-cheese frosting and fondant for these sweet little pastries.

Fudgy Devil's Food Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

For the ultimate chocolate lover, make this rich, dense chocolate cake with an equally intense, chocolatey frosting.

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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Wickedly Good Halloween Desserts That Your Ghosts and Goblins Will Want to Devour
Looking for a sweet treat to serve on All Hallows' Eve? You can't go wrong with our spectacularly spooky cakes, ghostly cookies, and creepy brownies.
Our Halloween Cupcake Recipes Will Give You Chills
Watch what you eat this Halloween—what you eat might actually be watching you! Our creepy cupcakes are topped with monsters, aliens, spiders, mummies, and more.
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.