No tricks to these treats! The best part about Halloween desserts is that they're basically your favorite treats disguised as Halloween goodies! You don't need super special icing skills to make these recipes shine. Simple instructions, a few Test Kitchen tips, and a love of fun holiday foods are all you need to get started. Keep these Halloween dessert ideas in mind when you need to bring treats to school or the office this year.
Cemetery Cookie DessertLittle cookies stand up to resemble little tombstones on this easy-to-make dessert.
Deserted Graveyard Cake
Prepare this decadent, chocolate-frosted cake for a festive Halloween dessert.
Spooky Candy-Coated Apples
Dipping apples in white candy melts gives them a ghostly apperance perfect for your Halloween party.
Mummified Candy-Corn Cake
This festive candy corn-colored cake is sure to impress your Halloween guests.
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 Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts
Red-Velvet Cake Balls with White ChocolateDipped in white chocolate, these red-velvet cake balls are perfect for turning into eyeballs on Halloween. With a steady hand and food coloring, David Burtka paints detailed irises and pupils on each one; for the less artistically inclined, an M and M pressed into the white chocolate before it sets makes for a quick-and-easy creepy alternative.
Pumpkin-Vanilla Ice Cream SandwichesThese whoopie pies give a whole knew meaning to cake and ice cream! Vanilla ice cream is sandwiched between the festive orange cakes that are pack with pumpkin flavor.
White Chocolate 'Butterfinger' BarsJessica Segarra, 25, Tampa, Fla., thenovicechefblog.com
Trick or Treat CupcakesThis cupcake is the showcase for our Halloween thrills. For the parade of goblins, ghosts, and monsters looking for something sweet, we top it with anything we can find on the candy aisle. There's no trick to this treat—it's scrumptious any time of year.
Chocolate Spider Cupcakes
These spooky spiderweb cupcakes for Halloween are easier to decorate than you think. Simply frost in white icing, then pipe black icing in concentric circles and drag a toothpick through them to create the webbed effect. For kid-friendly cupcakes, use water instead of bourbon in the frosting.
Black Cats & BatsDon't let these black cats and bats scare you... they are as sweet as can be.
Dark Soul FondueThis chocolatey fondue will be a hit at the party. Cut the pound cake into bone shapes or other fun shapes to fit your movie party theme.
Melted WitchesMake a sweet treat that looks like the evil witch has melted right out of her hat.
Mini Caramel ApplesYou get all the satisfaction of a caramel apple in one bite and without a messy chin. If decorating with twigs, make sure twigs are food-safe or use craft sticks.
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.
Ogre-Eye CookiesNo Halloween party is complete without these cute cookies that, thanks to licorice strips, white chocolate chips and brown M & Ms, look just like monster eyeballs.
Colorful CrittersMake these fun, kid-friendly treats with chocolate-covered snack cakes, assorted candies and chocolate and white icing. They're perfect for birthday parties or after-school snacks,