Halloween Desserts
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Halloween desserts

Halloween desserts can be fun, silly, spooky and absolutely delicious!

You can choose from a selection of halloween recipes that your family and friends will love. 

We've got quite a few that should really get your fingers itching to get started.

Using some simple techniques, you can change ordinary desserts into something that will make everyone believe you are amazingly cool and creative.

Do you have an old favorite dessert recipe that you know is always well received? 

Have you ever thought about how you can make some adjustments to make that recipe themed for the holidays?

It may be a simple matter of using some decorator icing on your trademark cookies, or buying some little plastic spiders to crawl across the top of your scrumptious chocolate cake.

Have I got you thinking yet?  Here are few great Halloween dessert recipes that you can use if you don't have any of your own yet.    If you DO have some of your own, please share!

Halloween Caramel Apple Recipe

Halloween dessert caramel apples

This easy caramel apple recipe is from Better Homes and Gardens.  It's a real tasty treat and just seems to go along with Halloween.

  • 1 package chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 packages (14 ounces each) caramels
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 large apples, washed, dried, and room temperature
  • 8 Popsicle or craft sticks
  • 3 or 4 Butterfinger candy bars, crushed

  1. Butter a cookie sheet or line with buttered wax paper. Place sticks in apples and set aside.

  2. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in microwave safe bowel until melted and smooth. Stir every 30 seconds to keep from overheating.

  3. Heat caramels and water in another microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir and heat for 30-45 seconds more until melted and smooth.

  4. Dip apple into caramel mixture coating well. Place on baking sheet. Drizzle melted chocolate over the top and sprinkle with crushed candy bars. Refrigerate to set.

Cobweb Cupcakes

Halloween desserts spiderweb cupcakes

Do you have a favorite cupcake recipe? Turn it into these adorable cobweb cupcakes.

Even if you just use a boxed cake mix, you can create this Halloween dessert with hardly any time and trouble at all.

You'll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk

  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper cupcake holders.

  2. Beat together the sugar and 1/4 cup butter. Add eggs and blend until creamy. Add sour cream, vanilla, and milk and combine well. Add remaining cupcake ingredients and beat until well mixed.

  3. Fill each cupcake holder about 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Cool.

  4. Prepare the frosting by combining the powdered sugar and 1/4 cup of butter and beating at low speed. Gradually beat in the milk until you get the consistency you want for spreading.

  5. Prepare chocolate glaze by heating the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time and stirring at each interval until smooth. Place in a resealable bag and snip one corner to make a piping bag.

  6. Frost the cupcakes with the white frosting and then draw a spiral swirl with the chocolate glaze starting at the center and working your way out to the edge. Only do a couple at a time so it doesn't set before you do the next step.

  7. Immediately take a toothpick or skewer and score the frosting from the center to the edge in a dragging motion to create the spiderweb cupcakes design.

Extra Fun Tip 1: You can use the remaining chocolate to draw little spiders to place on the web. On a piece of waxed paper squeeze a little glob for the body and eight legs, four on each side. Let it harden and place them gently on the cupcakes for special effects!

Halloween desserts eyeball cupcakes

Extra Fun Tip 2: You can use the same recipe (or a simple box mix and canned frosting) to create these spooky eyeball cupcakes, too.

Add a round candy for the iris and a small black jelly bean (or some dark chocolate) for the pupil. Use some red food coloring added to the white frosting and pipe some blood vessels to make the eyeballs look bloodshot.

Ghosts In The Graveyard Halloween Dessert

This pudding recipe is really delicious. If you've never tried it before it's one I highly recommend. Here's a video provided by Taste of Home (my favorite recipe magazine) to explain the details.

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Now isn't that a pretty simple but effective Halloween dessert? Enjoy our other Halloween recipes, Halloween goodies, and easy kids Halloween recipes too!

Do you have a family tradition that you can share with us? If you find some unique and delicious Halloween desserts, take a minute and add them here. Good ideas are even better when shared with friends!

Have A Halloween Recipe Or Gift Idea?

Do you have an Halloween recipe or gift idea that you picked up somewhere along the way? Share it with the rest of us! If you've actually made it, go ahead and show off. We'd love to see your work.

Other Halloween Recipes and Gift Ideas Visitors Have Added

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Halloween Centerpiece 
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Halloween Recipe for Bat Cupcakes  
Bat Cupcakes make a great Halloween dessert. They are so quick and easy to make, but the kids seem to really love them. I let the kids help decorate …

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