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

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.

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.

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?

Peanut Butter Tart

Rating: 3.2 stars
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The classic combination of peanut butter and milk chocolate in this no-bake dessert evokes a favorite candy, but its delicate texture will make your guests feel like sophisticated trick-or-treaters.

Chocolate-Candy Icebox Bars

Rating: 2.83 stars
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Who doesn't buy extra Halloween candy? This year, use some in these festive icebox bars and throw a party.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

Cherry Sheet Cake

Rating: 3.46 stars
6
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.

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. 
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Inspiration and Ideas

23 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.