Our delicious Halloween desserts look so pro you'd think they came from a bakery -- but they're a cinch to make at home.These delicious cupcakes, cakes, and cookies will impress trick-or-treaters of all ages. Don't be surprised if everyone starts asking for your Halloween recipes!
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You can transform cupcakes into witches in just a few steps, no magic spell required. Chocolate-flavored ice cream cones make perfect pointy hats, and Mike and Ike Tangy Twister candies make perfect pointy noses. Don't forget add few warts to finish off the look.
- 12 cupcakes
Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes
Create your own edible pumpkin patch with these adorable cupcakes.You'll only need 15 minutes to prep enough delicious sweets to feed a party full of people. You can even enlist your kids to help frost and decorate.
Recipe by Karen Tack; originally published in the November 29, 2008 issue of Family Circle magazine.
- 30 cupcakes
- 15 mins
- 26 mins at 350°F
Your little goblins will go crazy for these adorable cupcakes. You'll be happy, too, when you see how easy they are to make.
Cat's Meow Cookies
All hands on deck! These purr-fectly spooky black cat cookies are easy enough for kids to decorate. Just make sure they aren't eating all the candy decorations (from candy corn to licorice strips) as they are designing!
- 16 cookies
- 10 mins at 350°F
Use store-bought cupcakes and frosting to make these whimsical treats.
Creepy Finger Food
Don't be deceived! These eerie fingers are made of cinnamon-bread sticks and sliced almonds. Cut refrigerated breadstick dough into finger shapes, add a sweet coating and an almond as a fingernail, and then bake over a foil log for a semi-homemade spooky treat.
- 48 fingers
- 8 mins to 10 mins at 375°F
Sugar cookie dough is rolled out and cut into bat shapes for this Halloween dessert. A dip in chocolate gives these critters their spooky, dark appearance. Enlarge a creepy photograph to give these cookies a spot to perch.
- 3 dozen cookies
- 8 mins to 10 mins at 350°F
Halloween Treats on Sticks
Kids can really get their hands around these petite cookie lollipops. Turn vanilla wafers into a hauntingly good Halloween treat. Give these as party favors so guests can have a sweet way to remember your party.
Makes: 22 cookie lollipops
- 22 cookie lollipops
M&M's Pumpkin Cake
Guests will shriek over this impressive Jack-o-lantern cake. Bake this cake in 2 mixing bowls and transform it into a pumpkin by adding frosting, M&M's, and a candy bar stem. It's not only a dessert, it's a work of art!
- 25 mins
- 1 hr 5 mins at 350°F
- 1 hr
Vanilla Halloween Cookies
These sweet treats are perfect for your little one's classroom Halloween party. Make both the vanilla and the chocolate cookie variations and use Halloween cookie cutters to create spine-tingling motifs.
- about 48 cookies
- 15 mins
- 11 mins to 13 mins at 350°F
Jack O' Muffins with Cobweb Icing
Forget the cupcakes! Ice these delectable pumpkin muffins instead. Decorate half a batch of these muffins with Halloween sprinkles and the other half with melted chocolate drizzled to make spider webs.
Originally published in the October 2008, October 2007 and October 2003 issues of Parents magazine. Copyright © 2012 Meredith Corporation.
- 24 cupcakes
- 50 mins
- 30 mins to 35 mins at 350°F