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Halloween Desserts

Make desserts for a party or to hand out during trick-or-treat with these spine-tingling recipes for Halloween desserts, including cake, cupcakes, candy, cheesecake, cookies, pie, tortes, trifle, blondies, peanut butter cups, pumpkin mousse, glazed apples and more.

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I've been making these sugar cookies for about 40 years for my children and now grandchildren and all their friends, too. I make about 20 trays a year to give away to trick-or-treaters. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia
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Pizza for Dessert

Pizza for Dessert

Pizza for Dessert

At first glance, people might think this colorful "pizza" is a savory snack. But truth comes in the tasting! Kids get a kick out of the fun candy toppings.—Sandy Gibbons, Ocean Park, Washington

Black Cat Brownie

Black Cat Brownie

Black Cat Brownie

“My Mom made this treat for me and my brother every Halloween as we were growing up, " recalls Janice Korsmeyer of Highland, Illinois. "Today, my own daughter enjoys it each year, too. It's so easy to make, always a great hit with children and a fun tradition to pass on.”

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

To add bushels of fall flavor to your birthday bash, try baking up this cookie scarecrow shaped and decorated by the Crafting Traditions kitchen crew. It starts with Vickie's sugar cookies. "The recipe is a winner with my family and friends," Vickie says. "I am always asked to bring it—or even make it—for people." The scarecrow's easily adapted for other themes besides. For example, try a clown with bouncing balls or an athlete with baseballs instead.—Vickie Wade, Bourbo
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Chocolate Spiders

Chocolate Spiders

Chocolate Spiders

These spiders will spin plenty of excitement into your festivities. For more fun, just make the pudding ahead of time, then let your party guests decorate their own spiders. —Lorna Schledorn, West Columbia, South Carolina

Three-Layered Carrot Cake

Three-Layered Carrot Cake

Three-Layered Carrot Cake

My mom loved carrots so much she put them in various dishes at least five times a week when I was growing up. Her specialty was a homemade carrot cake that was requested for every special occasion. When I made this for her 70th birthday, she cried with each bite.—Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

Chocolate Butterscotch Haystacks

My grandmother made haystacks like these and gave them to my cousin Vonnie and me when our parents didn't want us to have any more sweets.—Christine Schwester, Divide, CO

Dutch Cranberry-Apple Pie

Dutch Cranberry-Apple Pie

Dutch Cranberry-Apple Pie

Fresh cranberries bring tongue-tingling tartness and festive Christmas color to classic apple pie. With orange peel, spices and a crumb topping, this is a warm and wintry favorite. —Jerri Gradert, Lincoln, Nebraska

Pumpkin Patch Pie

Pumpkin Patch Pie

Pumpkin Patch Pie

If you'd like to make pumpkin pie from a fresh pumpkin, here's and easy recipe that eliminates the guesswork. Use a pie pumpkin for maximum flavor.—Jane Van Deusen, Oneonta, New York

Citrus-Kissed Sweet Potato Cake

Citrus-Kissed Sweet Potato Cake

Citrus-Kissed Sweet Potato Cake

I came up with this spiced cake to use up leftover sweet potatoes after Thanksgiving. Cover the grated sweet potatoes with a damp paper towel to prevent discoloration.—Deborah Biggs, Omaha, Nebraska

Brainy Cake

Brainy Cake

Brainy Cake

My Godson and I made this cake after fun day at the science museum. We've made it several times now, and we get a kick out of experimenting with the frosting colors. —Faith Cromwell, San Francisco, California

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Butterscotch Peanut Bars

Easy-to-make bars from Margery Richmond in Fort Collins, Colorado are perfect family reunion fare! They hold up in hot weather, stack well and are easy to pick up and eat. With lots of peanuts and butterscotch flavor plus a rich, buttery crust, “Boy, are they good,“ says Margery.
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