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34 spooky dessert recipes for this Halloween

  • 34 spooky dessert recipes for this Halloween

    Halloween inspires creative costumes and crafty desserts, with Americans projected to spend more than $8 billion on this year's holiday, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey.

    To get in on the fun without having to spend excessively ahead of the holiday season, Stacker scoured and other online recipe hubs to curate a gallery of Halloween-themed treats that will help bakers bleed the most out of every dollar this season.

    Cooks of all skill levels will find something to concoct with these fun and ghoulish recipes, which can take as little as 10 minutes or several hours to create. Some recipes on this list don’t even require baking—just arts 'n' crafts to bring the dessert alive. Even experts will find a challenge along the way: A monkey brain cake combines cooking and crafting to create a dessert that guests may be too scared to eat.

    Bakers of all skill levels will learn something along the way when making these desserts—like the fact that substituting tonic water into a recipe will make it glow under a blacklight. While all of the following treats are sweet, some are a little hot, including the ginger-wasabi chocolate skulls, which pack a punch of heat that’ll add a little trick onto the end of that treat.

    This list also includes recipes for those who follow a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, or paleo diet. There’s something on this list for everyone.

    Read on to discover 34 spooky dessert recipes for this Halloween.

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  • Spooky Witches’ Fingers

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    A little more than an hour is all it takes to make this great conversation piece. Guests may need a minute to get past the bloody reality of red decorating gel oozing from an almond fingernail, but once they do, a delicious treat awaits.

  • Dirt Cake

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    Serve this cold pudding dessert in a flower pot with a garden trowel for an added touch of reality, while gummy worms emerging from the sandwich cookie “dirt” completes this fun treat. For those who think the 800-plus calories per serving is too scary for their Halloween party, substitute lower-calorie cream cheese, whipped cream, and sandwich cookies.

  • Spooky Halloween Eyeballs

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    These white chocolate-covered peanut butter balls take a little over three hours to craft, but the result is sure to make people stare. Get creative with some red food coloring for an extra spooky bloodshot eyeball for added effect. Peanut butter is high in fat, but its heart-healthy benefits shouldn’t scare people off.

  • Ginger Wasabi Filled Chocolate Skulls

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    These vegan and gluten-free treats take just five ingredients to make and come with a kick in flavor. Adjust the amount of wasabi paste or powder to the ginger, tahini paste, maple syrup filling to control just how spicy Halloween gets.

  • Halloween Macarons

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    Some unique ingredients go into these spirited cookies, including almond flour, cream of tartar, and mascarpone cheese. Macarons can be challenging to make well, so following the directions carefully to ensure the right consistency for the batter and create a cookie that’s worth the effort.

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  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Brownies

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    If Halloween candy doesn’t do the trick, these four-ingredient, easy-to-make brownies are just the treat to satisfy a chocolate craving. Adding bits of apples, pineapples, or bananas are a good source of fiber to increase the health benefits of brownies. Drop some Halloween sprinkles on top to finish off this classic dessert.

  • Dracula Dentures

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    Just add some red food coloring to the vanilla frosting and spread across halved chocolate chip cookies to create this fairly simple Halloween dessert that’s sure to impress. Marshmallow teeth and almond slivers for fangs complete a treat for guests to sink their teeth into.

  • Bat Cupcakes

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    Snap fudge-striped cookies in half to create bat wings, with a chocolate kiss in the center to make a face. Red gel icing for eyes completes the look, making these bats ready for flight into the mouths of guests. The recipe calls for chocolate cake and frosting, but swap out any flavors to make the bats’ perch.

  • Spider Cupcakes

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    Carefully placing black shoestring licorice into baked cupcakes will give these spiders legs. Top with frosting, candy corn fangs, and red hots for little eyes to create a dessert that looks like it is ready to crawl off the plate.

  • Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes

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    These cupcakes require a candy thermometer on hand to get the right consistency for the sugar glass topping. The water, corn syrup, sugar, and cream of tartar mix should hit 300 degrees before pouring it into a metal baking pan to cool. Some red and blue food coloring creates edible blood to top the cupcakes.

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