Halloween Treats And Dessert Recipes

Halloween is, in many ways, as much about the treats and sweets as it is the costumes. And if throwing a Halloween party is in your plans, it’s essential that your dessert spread is the best on the block. Halloween desserts can range from spooky to upscale, and it’s up to you which route you want to take. The best desserts incorporate pieces of extra Halloween candy—such as Heath Bar Blondie Ice Cream Sandwiches, or M&M Popcorn Bars—or replace the need for store-bought candy altogether, as is the case with our homemade Candy Corn Cookies. But don’t limit your Halloween desserts to just brownies and cookies. We’ve got recipes for festive Halloween layer cakes and cheesecakes, which you can decorate with caramel apples, pumpkin seeds, and ghost-like meringues. Throwing a last-minute soiree? Grab a box of store-bought cupcakes and use our easy guide to transform them into pumpkins, black cats, skulls, and more.

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.

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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.

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