No Tricks-Just Halloween Treats

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 Cookies
    Leigh Beisch

    Tombstone Cookies

    Use these chocolate-speckled cookies as accents for Dark Chocolate Graveyard Pots de Crème, or enjoy them alone as a Halloween snack.
  • Chocolate Halloween Cutout Cookies
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Claire Spollen

    Chocolate Halloween Cutout Cookies

    Bake 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 Cookies
    Photo: Brie Passano; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Crème-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

    Adults 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 Cookies
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams

    Blackberry Jam Bar Cookies

    If 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 Cookies
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Rachel Haas

    Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies

    Gingerbread  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 Cookies

    Witchy Cookies

    Save 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 Cookies
    Brown Cannon III

    Owl Cookies

    Trace 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 Crackles
    HOWARD L. PUCKETT

    Molasses-Spice Crackles

    The "crackly" texture of those brown sugar cookies comes from dipping the balls of cookie dough in granulated sugar before baking.
  • Pumpkin Fudge

    Pumpkin Fudge

    Celebrate the harvest season with this twist on traditional chocolate fudge. These sweet little squares feature canned pumpkin, white chocolate, and marshmallow crème.
  • Cocoa-Cinnamon Bat Cookies
    Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Cocoa-Cinnamon Bat Cookies

    Cookies get a new theme thanks to a bat-shaped cookie cutter and a little work with royal icing. If you make your bats all white, use mini chocolate chips to make the eyes.

  • Bite-size Honey Popcorn Balls

    Bite-size Honey Popcorn Balls

    These miniature popcorn balls, held together with caramelized honey, are just the right size for snacking.

     

  • Butterscotch Caramels

    Butterscotch Caramels

    We 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 Haystacks

    Coconut Haystacks

    It'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 Cookies
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

    Use 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 Lollipops

    Harvest Moon Lollipops

    These "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 Truffles

    Transylvanian Truffles

    At 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 Cakes
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey, Rose Nguyen

    Chocolate Ghost Cakes

    Haunting (but not daunting) snack cakes get a makeover with ready-made white frosting.
  • Cinnamon-Cider Candied Apples
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Rachel Haas

    Cinnamon-Cider Candied Apples

    Wash 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 Pops
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Tangled Web Rice Pops

    For a guaranteed hit, garnish these yummy treats with bug candies or sprinkles in Halloween shapes and colors.

  • Honey-Orange Marshmallows
    Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Rachel Haas

    Honey-Orange Marshmallows

    These beautifully spooky skewers feature homemade orange and brown marshmallows
  • White Meringue Ghosts
    Photo: William Dickey

    White Meringue Ghosts

    Meringue cookies make delicious and festive Halloween ornaments on a central tablescape. Use licorice string as a loop if you plan to hang the spooky treats.

  • Halloween Cookie Bites
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Halloween Cookie Bites

    Those 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 Sandwiches
    Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Pumpkin-Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwiches

    Infused with decadent fall flavors, these unusual ice cream sandwiches are the perfect sweet treat to put you in the Halloween spirit.
  • White Chocolate 'Butterfinger' Bars
    Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    White Chocolate 'Butterfinger' Bars

    These quick and easy candy bars make a spooktacular homemade munchie for your Halloween party guests.
  • Jack-o'-Lantern Sugar Cookies
    Photo: Andrew McCaul; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

    Jack-o'-Lantern Sugar Cookies

    Too cute to eat? BOO to that! We love these adorable Jack-o'-Lantern sugar cookies.
  • Mini Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes
    Photo: Tara Donne; Styling: Erin Swift

    Mini Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

    Need an instant crowd-pleaser? These mini cupcakes are the perfect sweet addition to your spooky soirée.
  • Chocolate-Cookie-Spiders
    Oxmoor House

    Chocolate-Cookie Spiders

    Simple chocolate cookies become spooky spiders for a hauntingly-good Halloween treat.
  • Candy Corn Chocolate Cakes

    Candy Corn Chocolate Cakes

    Create 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 Cupcakes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

    Don't worry about making the "webs" perfect...the more imperfect, the spookier the effect.
  • Pumpkin Cake with Little Ghosts
    Oxmoor House

    Pumpkin Cake with Little Ghosts

    Don'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!

  • Flying Brooms
    Oxmoor House

    Flying Brooms

  • Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Blondies
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps  

    Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Blondies

    Creamy 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.
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