Whether you're greeting trick-or-treaters at the door or taking cookies to a Halloween party, get into the fun of the season with these "not-too-scary" Halloween treat recipes.
Tombstone CookiesUse these chocolate-speckled cookies as accents for Dark Chocolate Graveyard Pots de Crème, or enjoy them alone as a Halloween snack.
Chocolate Halloween Cutout CookiesBake a batch of these delicious Halloween cookies for your family, and bake a second batch to give away. Make sure to decorate the cookies well in advance so the icing can fully set before the cookies are boxed up to give.
Crème-Filled Chocolate Sandwich CookiesAdults deserve a Halloween treat too. Just stir in a little bourbon or rum into the filling for a fun touch to a festive cookie.
Blackberry Jam Bar CookiesIf you're not in the Halloween spirit, skip the trinkets and focus on the flavor of these fruity, sweet bar cookies. The pantry-friendly ingredient list means that you can get started right away.
Bittersweet Chocolate CookiesGingerbread cutters work if you're making skeletons. You can also use 2 1/2-inch cat or bat cutters. Look for meringue powder at craft stores or in the craft section of some big-box retailers.
Witchy CookiesSave time by using refrigerated sugar-cookie dough to make these spooky witch cookies. Use green food coloring and cocoa to dye the dough green and brown then decorate with brown icing and mini chocolate candies.
Owl CookiesTrace an owl-shaped pattern on heavy paper or lightweight cardboard, or use cookie cutters in any shape. Then decorate with candy corn and mini chocolate chips.
Molasses-Spice CracklesThe "crackly" texture of those brown sugar cookies comes from dipping the balls of cookie dough in granulated sugar before baking.
Pumpkin FudgeCelebrate the harvest season with this twist on traditional chocolate fudge. These sweet little squares feature canned pumpkin, white chocolate, and marshmallow crème.
Butterscotch CaramelsWe highly recommend wrapping these silky-sweet candies individually because the unwrapping will slow you down and keep you from popping too many in your mouth.
Coconut HaystacksIt's hard to beat a three-ingredient treat with a flakiness that resembles a Butterfinger candy bar. You don't need a candy thermometer for these chocolates–just be careful when you're melting the chocolate so it won't burn.
Chocolate Spiderweb CookiesUse a zip-top plastic bag with a small hole snipped in the corner to pipe the frosting onto the cookies. Then pull a wooden pick through the frosting to make a spider's web.
Harvest Moon LollipopsThese "MoonPies on a stick" make a perfect party project for kids. Or, arrange the lollipops in a container filled with florist foam for an impressive centerpiece.
Transylvanian TrufflesAt just a quarter a pop, these decadent and rich chocolate truffles will be the hit of your Halloween gathering. Decorate with mini Halloween candies or roll in toasted nuts, cocoa powder, or powdered sugar.
Chocolate Ghost CakesHaunting (but not daunting) snack cakes get a makeover with ready-made white frosting.
Cinnamon-Cider Candied ApplesWash apples well to remove any waxy coating, and dry thoroughly before dipping them. Work quickly, but if the syrup begins to set, you can reheat it over low heat to liquefy.
Tangled Web Rice PopsFor a guaranteed hit, garnish these yummy treats with bug candies or sprinkles in Halloween shapes and colors.
Honey-Orange MarshmallowsThese beautifully spooky skewers feature homemade orange and brown marshmallows
Halloween Cookie BitesThose fancy slice-and-bake cookies are a breeze to make at home thanks to a little food coloring. Plus, the colors make it easy to portion the cookies into three easy bites.
Pumpkin-Vanilla Ice Cream SandwichesInfused with decadent fall flavors, these unusual ice cream sandwiches are the perfect sweet treat to put you in the Halloween spirit.
White Chocolate 'Butterfinger' BarsThese quick and easy candy bars make a spooktacular homemade munchie for your Halloween party guests.
Jack-o'-Lantern Sugar CookiesToo cute to eat? BOO to that! We love these adorable Jack-o'-Lantern sugar cookies.
Mini Orange Creamsicle CupcakesNeed an instant crowd-pleaser? These mini cupcakes are the perfect sweet addition to your spooky soirée.
Chocolate-Cookie SpidersSimple chocolate cookies become spooky spiders for a hauntingly-good Halloween treat.
Candy Corn Chocolate CakesCreate a cake version of the popular Halloween candy by frosting wedges of rich chocolate cake with orange, yellow and white buttercream frosting to resemble pieces of candy corn.
Spooky Spiderweb CupcakesDon't worry about making the "webs" perfect...the more imperfect, the spookier the effect.
Pumpkin Cake with Little GhostsDon't let this creepy cake fool you, it's infused with hauntingly-good spices, rich pumpkin flavor, and a decadent chocolate drizzle. Even the little ghosts are edible!
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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk BlondiesCreamy peanut butter meets vanilla extract and light brown sugar for a batch of decadent blondies you can’t resist. Reese’s Pieces add a nutty crunch and a festive touch.