These treats maximize the spirit of autumn and Halloween, but minimize the guilt!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Try this zippy twist on a Halloween tradition from our Test Kitchen. The Roasted Pumpkin Seeds have got just enough heat to take the chill off autumn afternoons and snackers!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Kids will gasp in delight at these adorable Strawberry Ghosts. Juicy strawberries, chocolate and a lick of almond flavor make these little bites a howling success!
—Nancy Mueller, Bloomington, Minnesota
Our Test Kitchen turned these cute meringue cookies into whimsical kisses, perfect for Halloween. With just 15 calories, each one of these "Boo"-rrific Kisses can be enjoyed guilt-free!
—Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas
Caramel Apple Pizza
I made a favorite recipe lighter by making my own cookie crust. I used less fat and sugar, and part whole wheat pastry flour. I also used a combination of fat-free and low-fat cream cheese as well as fat-free caramel sauce. My family doesn't notice the difference in this Caramel Apple Pizza.
—Tari Ambler, Shorewood, Illinois
Makeover Pumpkin Cake
Packed with warm pumpkin flavor and spices, this lightened-up version baked up even taller than the original! Even better, our Test Kitchen brought the Makeover Pumpkin Cake in at just about half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol—with 187 fewer calories per slice. That's sweet success!
—Shirley Dellinger, Elwood, Indiana
I created these light pumpkin-flavored pancakes with two kinds of flour and a blend of spices for a delightful taste. Serve these Pumpkin Pancakes for brunch as a hearty eye-opener or for a fun meat-free dinner.
—Vicki Floden, Story City, Iowa
Pumpkin Chip Cake
Moist and delicious, this is a great cake for fall. But my kids loved it so much, it quickly became a year-round favorite. This Pumpkin Chip Cake also keeps well…and never lasts long enough to get stale!
—Barbara Lindberg, Portland, Oregon
Fresh Pumpkin Soup
This appealing Fresh Pumpkin Soup harvests the fall flavors of just-picked pumpkins and tart apples…and is sure to warm you up on a crisp autumn day. Top the creamy puree with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds.
—Jane Shapton, Portland, Oregon
All eyes will definitely be on these adorable Eyeball Cookies when they're set on any buffet table. I created them for my son’s kindergarten class for Halloween.
—Sherry Lee, Columbus, Ohio