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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.

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Candy Apples

Rating: 3.61 stars
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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
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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.

Cherry Sheet Cake

Rating: 3.46 stars
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We used frozen cherries to make a fruit-studded cake that's sweet as can be. Serve it on its own as an afternoon snack or with whipped cream for dessert.

Crispy Chocolate-Marshmallow Treats

Rating: 3.07 stars
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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?

Popcorn Balls

Rating: 3.15 stars
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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.

"Broken Glass" Cupcakes

Rating: 3.21 stars
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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: 3.77 stars
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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.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream-Cheese Filling

Rating: 3.72 stars
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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.

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.

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 Cupcakes

Rating: 3.65 stars
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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.

Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

Rating: 3.93 stars
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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.
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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.

Invisible Pops

Rating: 3.77 stars
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Practice your magic with these invisible Halloween lollipops. Bring corn syrup, granulated sugar, and water to a boil, then pour into three-inch circles. Press assorted candies such as licorice whips, pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds), and candy corn into each individal confection.