9 Spooky Halloween Cupcakes
Sometimes, the world of Halloween desserts is a scary place. That “bloody brains bowl” looks a little too much like, well, bloody brains to be appetizing. But have no fear: these nine cupcakes strike the perfect balance between cute and spooky. Like the surface of a round sugar cookie, cupcakes are the perfect canvas for your artistic creations. Take your pick between options like gorgeous glittery pumpkin cupcakes, adorable “Fraidycat” cupcakes, or appropriately creepy vampire cupcakes. Each recipe calls for just a handful of ingredients, no more than 6 total. If you have some extra time, whip up a batch of your favorite cupcakes and frosting because fresh is always better. However, if you’re in a pinch the great news is you can always buy premade cupcakes from the bakery section of your grocery store and decorate those. Or make your own cupcakes and frost with store-bought icing. We recommend picking up an inexpensive small offset spatula to help with a super neat and speedy frosting job. You’ll be assembling each cupcake with a variety of toppings, so small glass bowls that keep your decorating station organized will be your best friends. If you’re making ahead, store them on a large plate or tray or cake stand and loosely tent or wrap them in plastic to keep them fresh. When you’re displaying your cupcakes, try dispersing several votive candles between them for an extra festive, extra shadowy touch.
Pumpkin Cream Sandwiches
What could be cuter than these three-bite seasonal fall sandwich cookies? While they look impressive, they take just 30 minutes total to pull off. If you’d like the cookie halves to look a little smoother on top, try scooping the batter into mounds using a small lightly greased cookie scoop. Or, simply smooth your spooned cookie mounds gently with a butter knife. Store cookies and the filling in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to two days and assemble them right before serving. Delicious but optional: air with chilled glasses of apple cider or white wine.
Oatmeal and Pie-Spice Cookies
Oatmeal raising cookie lovers, meet your fall fling. Crisp but tender, these wafers are made seasonal with the addition of apple pie or pumpkin pie spice, or your own mix of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground nutmeg. Make sure you read the ingredient list carefully, the recipe calls for 2 cups of old-fashioned oatmeal, that’s cooked oatmeal not the raw oats. It’s a smart little shortcut that ensures the cookies spread out extra-thin and turn golden brown in the oven. Stash the cookies in an airtight container for whenever you’re craving something sweet, or wrap up a dozen in pretty tissue paper and a ribbon for a fantastic fall hostess gift.
Pumpkin Cookies With Chocolate
There’s a lot to chew on here: molasses and pumpkin puree make these cookies super moist and soft, while chopped walnuts and dates add textural interest. A couple quick notes to make your job a little easier. Ever chopped dates and noticed that they tend to stick together in a big clump to your chef’s knife? Try wiping your knife with a bit of oil before you start and your job will become magically easier. A small cookie scoop, though not necessary, will make your job faster when it comes to dropping mounds of dough on baking sheets.