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5 Halloween desserts to satisfy your sweet (vampire) tooth

Halloween is such a great excuse to get really crafty with your baking.

Whether you’re planning a party, taking treats to the office or just want to have some festive desserts, there are SO many opportunities to be creative.

Here are 5 fairly simple and extremely fun Halloween desserts you should try this October.

[Want more than just dessert? Check out these savory Halloween recipes]


halloween dessert
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You need:

  • 6 cups Rice Krispy cereal
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • Orange food coloring
  • Black frosting pen
  • Green frosting pen
  • Pretzel sticks (optional)
  • 1 mini Bundt cake pan

Melt the butter and mix it with the mini marshmallows. Add in orange food coloring until it’s the shade of orange you want.

Mix the cereal with the marshamallow mixture, then press it into the mini Bundt cake pan (sprayed with nonstick cooking spray). Let set for at least 30 minutes, up to 1 hour.

Remove the Rice Krispy pieces and put two together to make one pumpkin. Use the black frosting pen to draw a face, the green frosting pen to draw leaves and put the pretzels in the middle to make a stem.


halloween desserts
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You need:

  • Apples (Granny Smith preferred)
  • Caramel
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Sprinkles
  • Melon baller
  • Bowl of very cold ice water
  • Cream (optional)

Use the melon baller to create small balls of apple about an inch around. Put the pretzel rod in the little pieces of apple, but don’t pierce completely through the apple.

Heat up the caramel (add cream if needed) in a saucepan over low heat. While the caramel is heating up, get together your bowl of ice water and pat the apple balls dry with paper towel.

Dip each apple into the caramel so that it covers most of the apple, then immediately submerge the apple into the ice water to let it set. Then dip the apple into the sprinkles and place it on a tray lined with wax paper.

Put the apples in the fridge or freezer to set, if needed. Serve cold but not frozen.


halloween desserts
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You need:

  • Brownie mix + ingredients
  • Nilla wafers
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Green food dye
  • Black cake decorating gel

Make the brownie mix as directed. After the brownies are cool, cut them into squares.

Mix the green food dye with the vanilla frosting until it’s the desired shade of green, then frost the front of the brownies to look like grass.

Write various messages like “RIP” on the Nilla wafers, then place them on one end of the brownies to look like gravestones.


halloween desserts
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You need:

  • Oreo cookies (or any chocolate flavored cookies)
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Green food dye
  • Purple food dye
  • Orange food dye

Separate the vanilla frosting into three bowls. Mix each food dye with a separate bowl until the frosting is the desired shade.

Pipe a circle of frosting in the center of the Oreo cookies, then place a Hershey’s Kiss on top. Alternate colors until you run out of frosting, Oreos or kisses.


halloween desserts
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You need:

  • Apples
  • Peanut butter
  • Candy corn
  • Mini marshmallows

Slice the apples up into wedges so that the part with the skin is still about 1/2-inch to 1 inch thick. Spread peanut butter on the sides then arrange marshmallows and candy corn to make teeth, making sure to use two apple wedges per “mouth.”

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