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34 spooky dessert recipes for this Halloween

  • Black Forest Cake

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    A chocolate and cherry cake surrounded by a forest of chocolate shards creates a decadent dessert. Smooth out melted chocolate between two layers of parchment paper, roll it up, refrigerate it, and unravel the cooled paper to create the chocolate shards. Black Forest Cake is named for a specialty liqueur in the Black Forest mountain range region of Germany.

  • Vampire Bite Cupcakes

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    These vanilla cupcakes come with a nice bite of strawberry jam in the middle. Poke holes in the icing with a straw and pour the watered-down strawberry jam into the holes to create the illusion of blood dripping from a vampire’s bite. Use almond milk and vegan frosting for an egg- and dairy-free dessert that’s sure to scare.

  • Mice

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    Chocolate covered maraschino cherries with red stems make the perfect shape for Halloween mice. Attaching milk chocolate candy kisses for the face, with sliced almonds as ears and red decorating candies for the eyes and a mouth, create a tiny creature that is the perfect cupcake topping. A steady hand and icing can also be used to create the facial features on the frightening little treat.

  • Haunted Cookie House

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    Time, patience, and a small list of ingredients create this perfect Halloween holiday party centerpiece. While homemade cinnamon cookie dough acts as the house foundation, upside-down ice cream cones create rooftops, and chocolate candy kisses become a sugary siding. As for landscaping, crushed Oreo cookies and candy pumpkins make up a perfect lawn of dirt that is fine for kids to eat just this once.

  • Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

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    Unlike the real-life creepy, crawly creatures, these Halloween spider cookies are easy to pick up and fun to eat. After baking peanut butter sugar-covered cookies, which create a base, cut a Lindt Lindor Truffle in half and place it on top to create the spider body. Then create skinny spider legs with chocolate frosting, which can also be used to stick tiny candy eyeballs to the truffle to create a face.

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  • Meringue Bones and Ghosts

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    All that's needed to make this tiny meringue Halloween treat are egg whites, lemon juice, cane sugar, and chocolate chips. Whisk egg whites, lemon juice, and sugar into a thick and foamy meringue consistency, place in a frosting bag and pipe bone shapes and white puffs onto the baking sheet. After baking for one hour and cooling for another, melt down the chocolate chips and create little brown eyeballs for the puffed meringue ghosts.

  • Monster Bites

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    Three simple ingredients and less than 15 minutes go into making Monster Bites. Core and cut an apple into eight pieces, coat one side of each slice with peanut butter, and press candy corn into the peanut butter to act as teeth. Substitute candy corn for walnut for almond slivers to make this recipe even healthier.

  • Witches’ Hats

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    Of all the Halloween desserts on the list, this is the easiest one to make and requires very few ingredients. Simply place a fudge striped cookie upside down and stick a chocolate kiss to it with some honey. To add some flair to the hat, pipe any color frosting onto the rim in the traditional buckle shape.

  • Owl Cupcakes

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    Follow this recipe to make homemade cupcake batter and icing, although if that’s scary, substitute a boxed mix and frosting to make things easier. These owls become lifelike in the decorating process, with opened sandwich cookies creating the large eyes and brown candy-coated milk chocolate pieces as irises. Drop a vertical candy piece in the middle for a beak, and a dessert that’ll be a hoot to eat.

  • Strawberry Ghosts

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    Chocolate-covered strawberries are always a party favorite and take less than 20 minutes to make, perfect for a last-minute dessert. Dip strawberries in melted white chocolate and set on parchment paper, dropping two mini chocolate chips near the top for eyes. Place them in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before piping different shaped mouths in dark chocolate. Another five minutes in the fridge, a ghastly sweet dessert is ready.

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