Halloween Recipes

Trick or treating may take the spotlight on Halloween, but this spooky holiday is also the perfect time to try out some festive Halloween recipes, whether the occasion is a children’s after-school celebration or a cocktail party for the grownups. Simple baked goods—like spider-shaped cookies and brightly-iced cupcakes—come together in no time, and are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Or, for some extra fun, why not try some Halloween recipes that use the candy you’re not handing out, like these creative candy-studded treats? If you’re worried about going overboard on the sugar, we’ve got some healthier options, like apricot oat bars and frozen banana “ghosts”—that are lighter on the sweet stuff but still delicious. And don’t forget: mom and dad deserve to share in the fun, too. For the adults, whip up a batch of some scary-good Halloween cocktails and an array of playful and sophisticated Halloween appetizers.

6 Pumpkin Desserts When You’re Tired of Pie

Why should the pie always be the star of the show? We whipped up 6 pumpkin-laced desserts that might just give Grandma’s pumpkin pie a run for its money.

Pumpkin Pecan Crisps

Alright, alright, we know some of you still need your pumpkin pie fix. So we dreamed up this inverted pie-like dessert just for you: A creamy warmly-spiced custard hides beneath a nutty crunchy streusel topping. It’s like an individually made pumpkin pie with the crust on top. You can substitute any nut you like for the pecans—walnuts or almonds would be nice—and feel free to have some fun with the whipped cream. Crème fraiche would be an unexpected twist but we might even serve these with a dollop of Greek yogurt and call it breakfast.

Pumpkin Cream Puffs

These cream puffs are guaranteed to stop traffic on the way to the pies this Thanksgiving. Classic choux pastry (they bake up like little cabbages or “choux” in French) get filled with a brown sugar and pumpkin pastry cream for a dreamy contrast in textures. When the little guys come out of the oven you’ll want to flip them over and pierce them with the tip of a sharp knife. This allows the steam inside the hollow center to escape to keep the puffs crisp. You can make the filling ahead of time and keep it chilled until ready to assemble. And don’t worry if it looks too thick: a little bit of whipped cream folded into the pudding base makes for an extra light filling.

Trick-or-Treat Tart

This candy-studded tart is like a giant homemade Reese’s cup, complete with Kit Kats, Candy Corn, and Reese’s Pieces, too. It’s an absolute must if you’re hosting a party this year, or for bringing to your co-workers as a sweet and festive treat. A combination of Oreo cookies and melted butter form the super-simple base, which is topped with a creamy peanut butter center and a silky-smooth chocolate ganache. Feel free to use any candy you have on hand, but be sure to choose at least one variety that will add a pop of color. Chill until firm (which will make it easier to slice), then dig in.

Candy Corn Cookies That Are Even Better Than the Real Thing

These festive sweets are the ultimate homemade Halloween treat.

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1 Easy Brownie Recipe, 5 Adorable Halloween Upgrades

Start with one batch of brownies—end up with a spooktacular spread of holiday treats.

5 Decadent Candy-Studded Desserts

Tell the kids to guard their Halloween stash! Leftover candy has never looked so good.

6 Super Snackable Pumpkin Seed Recipes

Jack-o-lantern season just got a whole lot tastier.

6 Halloween Appetizers That Rival What’s in the Candy Bag

Who says this season has to be all about the sweet stuff? Serve up these easy and festive finger foods at your Halloween fête, or snack on a few in between trick-or-treaters.