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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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Nothing tastes better at this time of year than a sweet-to-eat caramel apple! For our harvest fest, subscriber Karen Ann Bland of Gove, Kansas happily agreed to share her favorite recipe, including instructions on making caramel sauce. "That rich homemade flavor just can't be beat," she says.—Karen Ann Bland, Gove, Kansas
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Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake

Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake

Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake

Here in Wisconsin, winter weather is extreme. A hot dessert is just the thing to warm us up. This slow-cooked chocolate cake gets its crunch from a sprinkling of peanuts. —Lisa Erickson, Ripon, Wisconsin

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

Pumpkin Ice Cream Delight

Pumpkin Ice Cream Delight

Pumpkin Ice Cream Delight

Pumpkin Ice Cream Delight really appeals to those who might not like the traditional pie. You can make it ahead of time to have on hand when extra guests or unexpected guests arrive.—Dixie Terry,Goreville, Illinois
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Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas

Meringue Bones

Meringue Bones

Meringue Bones

This unique treatment for meringue travels well, too! You will certainly get requests for the recipe, and folks will be surprised at how simple it is! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Gelatin Parfaits

Gelatin Parfaits

Gelatin Parfaits

Here's a quick, airy dessert so versatile, you can whip it up for almost any season or holiday-just by varying the colors of gelatin you use. We filled this seasonal parfait with all the colors of the falling leaves. Pretty presentation for an autumn party! —Joyce Thompson, Bellingham, Washington

Orange Bundt Cake

Orange Bundt Cake

Orange Bundt Cake

This pretty cake comes together quickly with a boxed mix. Fat-free mayonnaise replaces the heavy oils, and the citrus glaze is always a hit. —Deborah Williams of Peoria, Arizona

Caramel Pecan Pie

Caramel Pecan Pie

Caramel Pecan Pie

“This is hands down the best pecan pie—it’s so good, it’s scary!” writes Dorothy Reinhold of Malibu, California. “I’m making it for Thanksgiving because there will be others around to share it with me. “Here’s the trick: Toss the bag of caramels to your kid or spouse and promise they can eat whatever is left after they unwrap your 36 caramels.”

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

When I was young we produced several ingredients for this longtime favorite on the farm. We raised pumpkins in our large vegetable garden, and made homemade butter and lots of sour cream from our dairy herd. —Evonne Wurmnest, Normal, Illinois

Caramel-Apple Skillet Buckle

Caramel-Apple Skillet Buckle

Caramel-Apple Skillet Buckle

My grandma used to make a version of this for me when I was a little girl. She would make it using fresh apples from her tree in the back yard. I've adapted her recipe because I love the combination of apple, pecans, and caramel. —Emily Hobbs, Springfield, Missouri

Carnival Caramel Apples

Carnival Caramel Apples

Carnival Caramel Apples

With four kids (one child whose birthday is November 1), we celebrate Halloween in style around our house. This caramel apple recipe is a tried-and-true favorite year after year. —Gail Prather, Bethel, Minnesota
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