Fun Halloween Dessert Recipes

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Try one of these fun and festive Halloween dessert recipes for a themed party, or just to make a weekday dinner more interesting. From 10 minute ghost Krispies to life-sized pumpkin cakes, there's a perfect Halloween recipe for every home baker.

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Jell-O worms

These Jell-O worms are so realistic, you may not even want to eat them. Use as a Halloween dessert or a fun party display.

What You'll Need:

  • One box of purple Jell-O
  • Three cups of water
  • Three-quarters of a cup of whipped cream
  • Green food coloring
  • 50 plastic straws 

Directions:

  1. Boil water, then pour into a bowl with the Jell-O mix
  2. Mix, then allow to sit until it is only slightly warm.
  3. Mix in the whipped cream and approximately 10 drops of green food coloring.
  4. Place the straws inside of a bottle, container or vase, so that they tightly squeeze together, without bending, or having space in between them. Make sure they are pressed all the way to the bottom. The container will keep the straws upright, and prevent the Jell-O from running through them.
  5. Pour the Jell-O mixture over the straws, until each is completely full.
  6. Cover the straws and set in the refrigerator for one day.
  7. Remove the straws from the container, and run several at a time under hot water, until you can remove the worms from the straws.
  8. Place the worms on wax paper, and set in the refrigerator for two hours.
  9. Place the worms in a bowl and serve.

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Pumpkin Cake

Simply by making two Marble cakes, you can easily create this life-sized pumpkin cake for a Halloween party dessert.

What You'll Need:

  • One teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • Three cups of flour
  • Seven tablespoons of milk
  • Three-quarters of a tablespoon of nutmeg
  • Three-quarters of a tablespoon of allspice
  • Four cups of confectioner's sugar
  • Three cups of granulated sugar
  • One-quarter cup of cocoa powder
  • One and a half cups of canned pumpkin
  • Three eggs
  • Two sticks of unsalted butter
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of baking powder
  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • Three-quarters of a cup of warm milk
  • Orange food coloring

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix together flour, nutmeg, allspice baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine granulated sugar and butter, then mix with an electric mixer.
  4. Mix in the eggs, warm milk and pumpkin.
  5. Combine with the flour, nutmeg, allspice baking powder, salt and baking soda mixture and mix until blended.
  6. Pour out one and a half cups of this mixture, and place in a bowl, then mix in cocoa powder.
  7. Pour the main pumpkin cake batter into two bundt cake pans, then sprinkle the chocolate mix on top of each.
  8. Bake both cakes for approximately one hour, and a toothpick can be inserted in the center of each and come out clean.
  9. Allow the cakes to cool.
  10. Place one cake, flat side up, onto a baking sheet.
  11. Place the other cake, flat side down, on top of the first, forming a pumpkin shape.
  12. In a small mixing bowl, combine the confectioner's sugar vanilla, orange food coloring, sugar and milk to form a glaze for the pumpkin.
  13. Carefully pour the glaze over the pumpkin.

Ghost Krispies

Try making these ghostly treats in under 10 minutes for a last minute Halloween dessert or snack.

What You'll Need:

  • One quarter cup of butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • Six cups of Rice Krispies cereal
  • Five cups of marshmallows
  • White frosting

Directions:

  1. Combine the butter and marshmallows in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir until completely melted and blended together.
  2. Remove the pan from heat, and add Rice Krispies. Mix the contents.
  3. Form ghost shapes from the mixture, and place on a plate.
  4. Spread white frosting over the ghost shapes, and use chocolate chips for eyes.

Mummy Cookies

Try these cute mummy cookies for a fun dessert or after school snack.

What You'll Need:

  • Four cups of sifted flour
  • One teaspoon of baking powder
  • One-half teaspoon of salt
  • Two teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Two eggs
  • Two cups of sugar
  • Two sticks of unsalted butter
  • White frosting
  • Two brown, green or blue M&M's per cookie (for eyes)

Directions:

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium sized mixing bowl
  2. Mix the butter and sugar in a separate bowl, using an electric mixer. Use the medium setting until the mixture is lightly colored and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla to the butter and sugar, and continue to mix at the low speed setting.
  4. Slowly pour in the flour, powder and salt and mix until thoroughly blended.
  5. Split the dough in half, press flat into a circle, and cover in clear plastic wrap. Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour.
  6. Heat the oven to 325 F.
  7. Allow the dough to sit outside of the refrigerator until it has reached room temperature, then flatten with a rolling pin.
  8. Cut out circular cookies, and place on a greased baking sheet, and set the sheet in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes, until the dough is firm.
  9. Place the baking sheet in the oven, for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Remove cookies from the oven once they are thoroughly done, and allow to cool.
  11. Press two eyes into each cookie using the M&Ms.
  12. Paint uneven and overlapping strips of white frosting onto each cookie, resembling cloth wrapping on a mummy.
  13. Be sure not to completely cover the eyes with frosting.
Last Updated: September 4, 2012
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