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: 3.5 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.

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.

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. 

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.

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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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.

Cherry Sheet Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 61
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.

No-Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 142
Innocents are snared easily by a ganache spiderweb. Spun by a gumdrop spider with limber licorice-string legs, the web is draped over a dangerously addictive and creamy no-bake cheesecake. Candy Spiders make a creepy garnish.

"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.

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?

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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

25 Handmade Halloween Treat Bags and Favors Sure to Delight
Knock, knock! Who's at the door? At this time of year, houseguests and costumed trick-or-treaters will be arriving on your doorstep. On Halloween night and the days leading up to it, what better way to show your hospitality than with a takeaway sweet? A treat bag or box can be filled with candy, tokens, and even a tiny surprise. Download and print one of our templates or clip-art designs to craft them en masse. We looked to many iconic figures for our inspiration: jeering jack-o'-lanterns, black cats, winged bats, and skulls in stark black and white. Whichever you choose to create, your trick-or-treaters and guests will leave your home sweetly satisfied.
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.
Glazed Chocolate Cake
Rating: 3.5 stars 71

This is an elegant and rich-tasting cake, but it is actually simple to prepare. Delicate curls of semisweet chocolate dress up the whipped cream for the ultimate garnish.