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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.

Scaredy Cakes

Scaredy Cakes

Scaredy Cakes

Our Test Kitchen home economists guarantee kids of all ages will delight in these funny-faced cupcakes. You can even enlist your little ones to help decorate them, using the candies we suggest or other candies to suit your taste.

Marzipan Witch, Pumpkins and Cauldron

Marzipan Witch, Pumpkins and Cauldron

Marzipan Witch, Pumpkins and Cauldron

LIKE MAGIC, these bewitching treats can appear in a flash—and are sure to charm your guests on Halloween! The whimsical witch, pumpkins and candy-filled cauldron consist of marzipan, edible clay that's simple to shape and sweet to eat. You can make it using the basic recipe on the next page. Once you see how easy marzipan is to prepare, you'll likely want to come up with your own creations for Christmas, Easter and other occasions, too!

Jack-o'-Lantern Brownies

Jack-o'-Lantern Brownies

Jack-o'-Lantern Brownies

Hosting a Halloween party? Use a cookie cutter to easily cut these homemade chocolate brownies into pumpkin shapes, then give them personality with orange, black and green frosting. Our grandchildren think these are great. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma
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Spiderweb Cheesecake

Spiderweb Cheesecake

Spiderweb Cheesecake

The trick to this tempting treat is pulling a toothpick through rings of melted chocolate to create the web effect. "This no-bake cream cheese pie goes together quickly and tastes delicious," assures Jan White, Plainview, Nebraska. "It's fun to serve, too, because it never fails to draw comments."

Cinnamon Caramel Apples

Cinnamon Caramel Apples

Cinnamon Caramel Apples

Our Test Kitchen staff used cinnamon and chocolate to give a fun and tasty twist to traditional caramel apples. Rolled in nuts, coconut or colorful candies, they'll delight kids of all ages.

Halloween Cat Cookies

Halloween Cat Cookies

Halloween Cat Cookies

Trick-or-treaters of all ages will gobble up these adorable cookies. The tasty treats can be served as a swift after-school snack, an appealing addition to a fall bake sale, or a quick contribution to a classroom celebration or ghoulish get-together.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin

Cream Puff Ghosts

Cream Puff Ghosts

Cream Puff Ghosts

Don't get spooked by these spirited Halloween characters. The cream puff ghosts aren't difficult to make. I form basic cream puff batter into cute little phantoms. —Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois

Haunted House

Haunted House

Haunted House

BOO! Halloween's at hand, and ghosts have to live someplace. Why not spirit them away to this cute—and delicious—haunted house? "I make lots of spooky cookies at Halloween," writes Joanne Woerlein of Etobicoke, Ontario. "Last year I decided to try making a Halloween house out of sugar cookies. It was such fun!"

Frankenstein Cake

Frankenstein Cake

Frankenstein Cake

Convenience items like a cake mix and canned frosting make this clever dessert a breeze to prepare. It always elicits oohs and ahhs at Halloween parties.

Spiderweb Cookies

Spiderweb Cookies

Spiderweb Cookies

A clever design puts a new spin on standard sugar cookies in this recipe from our Test Kitchen.

Marshmallow Witches

Marshmallow Witches

Marshmallow Witches

Get ready for an assembly line, because these no-bake marshmallow witches are easy to prepare, and kids will love helping. They're perfect for gatherings because a dozen can be put together in just 30 minutes. Or whip up an extra batch, put them in plastic wrap, and tie with curly orange or black ribbon for festive party favors. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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