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Spooky, Scary Halloween Dessert Recipes

Updated on July 3, 2017
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Margaret has a passion for cooking, baking, and creating recipes that satisfy her cravings for delicious and indulgent food.

Creepy, crawly, gory, ghoulish, spooky and scary Halloween party dessert recipes for kids and adults that will have your guests talking about your fabulous sweet treats!
Creepy, crawly, gory, ghoulish, spooky and scary Halloween party dessert recipes for kids and adults that will have your guests talking about your fabulous sweet treats! | Source

Sweet Treats for Your Favorite Halloween Party Witches, Werewolves, Vampires, Monsters, Ghosts and Goblins!

Great party food and great entertainment are the keys to success for any holiday party, so give your guests some sweet treats with these creepy, crawly, gory, ghoulish, spooky and scary dessert recipes.

These Scary, Fun and Tasty Desserts Will Delight Guests of All Ages

I've picked out the coolest recipes for you that I could find, from gently spooky white chocolate ghost pops and scary-cute monster face cookies to zombie cupcakes and cake ball brains with oozing cherry blood that will make teen and adult party guests scream with laughter.

Have fun making these sweetly-supernatural-to-spine-chillingly-scary Halloween dessert recipes for your party. They're delicious conversation starters that will help break the ice among your costume-clad guests, too.

You don't have to host a Halloween party to make and serve these fun and delicious desserts. Make them as a special treat for your family and friends or for unexpected guests or hungry monsters who happen to drop by your house. Or bring them to your children's school so they can share them with classmates and teachers. You'll be the most popular parent at the school!

Cake Ball Brains with Oozing Cherry Blood

Cake Ball Brains Oozing Cherry Blood recipe from
Cake Ball Brains Oozing Cherry Blood recipe from | Source

Individual, Brain-Shaped Cakes — Gory on the Outside, But Delicious Inside Your Insides!

These delightfully disgusting-looking and scrumptious-tasting cake ball brains — the "brainchild" of Beth Jackson Klosterboer — are one of the fabulous Halloween dessert recipes from her blog, Hungry Happenings. These gory mini brain cakes actually ooze bright red cherry-flavored "blood" when you bite or cut into them! The cherry blood surrounds truffle-like chocolate centers inside the realistic-looking white (or gray-tinted) confectionery coating shells molded from brain-shaped silicone ice cube trays for this awesome, spine-tingling treat.

To make these ghoulish but scrumptious treats, you'll need at least one flexible silicone Fred & Friends Brain Freeze ice cube mold. Since the recipe makes between 20 and 36 cake ball brains, depending on how thinly you coat the molds with white candy coating, and there are only four cavities in each Brain Freeze ice cube mold, I recommend buying at least two of these molds so you can make eight at a time. I've also used these molds to make brain-shaped ice cubes and jiggly gelatin "brains" for Halloween parties. Both kids and adults love them!

If you believe the saying "you are what you eat," gobbling a few of these cake ball brains just might improve your gray matter. Click the "Source" link under the photo above to get the full Cake Ball Brains with Oozing Cherry Blood recipe on the Hungry Happenings blog.

Longtail: A Deliciously Disgusting Chocolate Rat -- Eeeek!!!

Halloween chocolate and cream cheese long-tail rat from the Hungry Happenings blog
Halloween chocolate and cream cheese long-tail rat from the Hungry Happenings blog | Source

This Edible, Long-Tail Rat May Make Your Party Guests Shriek!

This cleverly designed chocolate brown long-tail rat, with its pale pink toes, nose, inner ears and the long tail for which it is named, is sure to either scare the willies out of your party guests or totally gross them out...which, of course, is what makes it such a fun Halloween dessert!

Long-tail rat's body, legs and ears are formed from a delicious chocolate modeling dough made from Oreo cookie crumbs and cream cheese and rolled in more cookie crumbs to resemble fur. Two chocolate chip eyes and pale pink toes, nose, inner ears and tail give this tasty vermin a surprisingly realistic look. You can even make up your Long-tail rat up to a week in advance and then bring it back to room temperature before serving, which makes it ideal Halloween party food!

The "Source" link under the photo will take you to the complete Long-tail Sweet Cookies and Cream Cheese Ball Rat recipe on Beth's Hungry Happenings blog.

"Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with 'scary,' 'spooky,' 'haunted' or 'forbidden' in the title."

— Shaggy in Scooby Doo

A Spook-tacular Halloween Cookbook from a Professional Party Planner with 20 Years of Experience

Themed Halloween Party Food Will Make Your Event Memorable!

Author Beth Jackson Klosterboer has worked as a chocolatier and event planner for more than 20 years, so she definitely knows how to make frightfully good sweet treats! Her fun and delicious cookbook "Hungry Halloween: featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man's Diner" will show you how to create the most memorable All Hallows Eve party possible.

What I love about this book is that it's more than just a cookbook. Each chapter tells you everything you need to know to host a Halloween party with one of three themes. For example, "Movie Monster Munchies" features party treats with Frankenstein's monster, vampire, werewolf and mummy themes, such as Vampire and Bat Chips (fried flour tortillas) with Blood Fondue (with roasted red peppers and cheese) and Werewolf Won Tons (with spinach and artichoke cream cheese filling and stenciled werewolves). The "Bewitched Buffet" chapter features recipes with witches, black cats, cauldrons, spiders and rats, including Black Widow Bites and dark, witch-shaped, homemade Cackling Crackers with creamy chicken Full Moon Dip. The last chapter, "Dead Man's Diner", features party food recipes with a fun 1950's diner theme with a gory twist and pun-filled recipe names, such as Hand-Burgers (hand-shaped hamburgers), Bloody Finger Fries (French fries), Grilled Feet (foot-shaped grilled cheese sandwiches) and Bone Chips (bone-shaped potato chips).

In addition to the fun and easy recipes and inspiring, full-color photos, you also get the benefit of Beth's professional experience, including wonderful decorating and party planning tips for each of the three themed parties. My "Dead Man's Diner" party a few years ago was a bit hit!

Monster Whoopie Pies

Monster Whoopie Pies for Halloween
Monster Whoopie Pies for Halloween | Source

Your Hungry Guests Will Shriek With Delight at These Googly-Eyed, Edible Monsters

These amazing monster whoopie pies, created by Lizzy at the wonderful dessert blog Your Cup of Cake, are silly and scary at the same time. I love the way she created the tongue by marbleizing red and yellow fruit chews candies - just brilliant! The white chocolate chip teeth are held in place by luscious chocolate frosting, and the marshmallow and Junior Mints googly eyes make these whoopie pies look like something out of the movie Monsters, Inc.

To get the full recipe for these Monster Whoopie Pies on the Your Cup of Cake blog, just click the "Source" link under the photo above.

Note: The cake-y chocolate cookies made with devil's food cake mix, but if you'd rather make yours from scratch, just bake the cake shells portion of a classic chocolate whoopie pies recipe.

Zombie Cupcakes

Zombie Cupcakes for a Halloween party!
Zombie Cupcakes for a Halloween party! | Source

Ghastly, Gory, Ghoulish, Gourmet Halloween Cupcakes

I just love these gory zombie cupcakes from Jamieanne of the Sweetest Kitchen blog. They're moist chocolate pumpkin cupcakes filled with silky pumpkin buttercream and frosted with chocolate buttercream, then dipped in crushed Oreo cookie "dirt" before embedding a bloody green zombie hand cupcake pick and an Oreo Fudgees cookie tombstone in each cupcake.

Jamieanne provides the recipes for the chocolate pumpkin cupcakes and pumpkin and chocolate buttercream filling along with directions for assembling and decorating these fabulous cupcakes on her blog. Get the full Zombie Cupcakes recipe on the Sweetest Kitchen blog by clicking on the "Source" link in the photo credit.

Pumpkin Spider Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Buttercream & Chocolate Spider Webs

Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes
Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Cupcakes | Source

Guests Will Overcome Their Arachnophobia to Enjoy These Delectable, Gourmet Spider Cupcakes!

Aren't these Halloween Spider Cupcakes sensational? These super moist pumpkin cupcakes from Jamieanne at the Sweetest Kitchen blog are filled with rich, caramel-flavored dulce de leche and frosted with dulce de leche buttercream, so you know they're going to taste just as awesome as they look! To make the spider webs Jamieanne pipes concentric circles of melted semisweet chocolate and then draws radial lines from the center to the edges with the tip of a toothpick (she used a toothpick-length strand of uncooked spaghetti in a pinch).

Jamieanne tops her spiderweb iced cupcakes with some very cool, plastic, hunchbacked black spider decorations, but I think it would be even cooler to mold edible black spiders from black-tinted melted chocolate. Click on the "Source" link in the photo credit to get the Pumpkin Spider Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Buttercream Spider Web recipe on the Sweetest Kitchen blog.

Tip: Instead of plastic spider toppers, why not make some edible candy or chocolate spiders? They're quick and easy to make. Just fill a candy or chocolate spider mold with melted black "candy melts" or melted dark chocolate tinted with Super Black AmeriColor gel paste food coloring before pouring it into the mold cavities. Creepy crawly and also delicious!

Green Witches' Fingers Cookies

Witches Fingers cookies
Witches Fingers cookies | Source

The Coolest-Looking Version of the Always-Popular Witches' Fingers Cookies

Every Halloween there are lots of different witches' fingers cookies recipes floating around. Sometimes they're called severed finger cookies or ladies' fingers cookies. Whatever they're called, these are definitely the most gruesome I've ever seen! They're made from green tinted sugar cookie dough shaped into gnarled, severed finger shapes complete with wrinkled knuckles. Traditionally, the almond fingernails are painted with red food coloring and attached with a lightly beaten egg white wash. But as shown in the photo above, Jamieanne of the Sweetest Kitchen blog makes them look unnervingly realistic with untinted, blanched almond nails and red gel icing around the edges to create the look of bloody cuticles. Unlike the more commonly seen versions of this popular Halloween cookie, her version looks like something straight out of a horror movie.

Serve these witches' fingers cookies on a bed of "chocolate dirt" (crushed Oreo cookie crumbs) or have them stick up from a shallow rectangular baking dish filled with "dirt pudding" (chocolate pudding topped with Oreo cookie crumbs). Get the Witches' Finger Cookies recipe on the Annie's Eats blog and then give it Jamieanne's decorating treatment!

Scary (but Cute) Monster Face Cookies

Monster Face Cookies
Monster Face Cookies | Source

Today's Halloween Cookies Creature Double Feature: "Dracula vs. Frankenstein's Monster" and "Zombies vs. The Mummy"

These fabulous Monster Face Cookies look like they might have come from fancy bakery (with an equally fancy price tag) rather than from someone's home kitchen.

Yet despite their professional appearance, these kid-friendly, semi scary cookies are surprisingly fun and easy to make!

These start out as simple sugar cookies, but the brightly colored royal icing and candy decorations turn them into something very special, indeed.

Meaghan Mountford from The Decorated Cookie provides the sugar cookies and royal icing recipes you'll need (or you could use your own favorite recipes, if you prefer) and gives you wonderful, easy-to-follow, illustrated step-by-step directions for decorating all four monster face cookies:

  • a vampire cookie with bloody fangs
  • a green fellow who resembles a friendlier version of Frankenstein's monster
  • a mummy whose candy eyes peek out through the bandages
  • a purple zombie with blood dripping from its mouth

To get step-by-step directions for making this cool Monster Face Cookies recipe on The Decorated Cookie blog, click on the photo credit "Source" link, above.

Halloween Oreo Cakester Spiders

Oreo Cakester Spiders from The Decorated Cookie blog's guest post on
Oreo Cakester Spiders from The Decorated Cookie blog's guest post on | Source

Kids Are Sweet on These Creepy, Crawly, Cream-Filled Spiders

Meaghan Mountford of The Decorated Cookie blog is the former Edible Crafts editor for the fabulous CraftGossip blog. She popped back for a guest post and shared her surprisingly quick and easy 8-eyed, 8-legged, edible black spiders, You can whip these up in practically no time, and they're easy enough for even young children to make with you!

Check out Meaghan's Oreo Cakester Spiders recipe in her 30 Spider-Themed Crafts and Treats for Halloween" post on the Edible Crafts section of CraftGossip (see the "Source" link under the photo, above).

Easy White Chocolate Ghost Pops

Easy white chocolate ghost pops
Easy white chocolate ghost pops | Source

You Can Almost Hear These Swirly, Scary Ghost Pops Say "Boo!"

These spooky White Chocolate Ghost Pops are another fun Halloween sweet treat from Meaghan of The Decorated Cookie blog. These are super easy—if you have kids or grandkids they'll love making them with you—and you can whip up a whole batch of ghost pops in practically no time at all! All you need are candy melts or white chocolate chips, lollipop sticks and, of course candy eyes.

Click on the "Source" link under the photo to get the spookily simple directions for making the Easy White Chocolate Ghost Pops recipe on The Decorated Cookie blog.

Italian "Bones of the Dead" Cookies: Ossi dei Morti

Piemontese "Bones of the Dead" cookies are known in Italy as Ossi dei Morti (sometimes spelled Osso di Morta, Ossi di Morte, Ossi di Morte, Ossi di Morti). These cookies are meant to resemble bones from skeletons and are a perfect Halloween party food. These cookies typically are flavored with anise or cloves.

Try the Ossi dei Morti recipe from the Chez Panisse Desserts cookbook by famed pastry chef and restaurant owner Alice Waters.

Duff Goldman's Gross Mini Eyeball Cupcakes

Don't get into a staring contest with these eyeball cupcakes from Duff Goldman of "Ace of Cakes" and fame — you're sure to lose!

Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes, who also judges and hosts several popular shows on Food Network, shares his delicious chocolate chip pumpkin cupcakes recipe with a creepy Halloween twist: the buttercream frosting decorations turn these into Eyeball Cupcakes (or Eyeball Mini Cakes, as he calls them). He provides a silky French Buttercream frosting recipe with a meringue base, but if you're making these for kids (or just want to make things easier) you also could use any simple buttercream frosting to create the eyeball decorations.

Get Duff's Eyeball Mini Cakes recipe.

Cherry-Filled White Chocolate Skulls in Black Goo

Sweet and Scary Bloody Eyeballs Recipe From Saffron Kitchen

Easy, Spooky and Fun Cupcake Decorations

Free Printable Labels for Your Scary Sweets and Party Treats

These fun labels will add another terrifying touch to your demonic desserts and bizarre beverages.

Leave a comment about these scary Halloween dessert recipes ... or I might send my vampire, mummy, zombie or ghoul friends after you!

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      @mumsgather, that was exactly my reaction the first time I saw him (or her, as the case may be), but his cute little face really started to grow on me in a way that a real rat's face never could. ;) Glad you enjoyed this fun and scary Halloween dessert recipes!

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      mumsgather 2 years ago

      The rat! Ewe.. I'm not going to have the rat. Anything but the rat.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Just love all the ideas on here. I will look at a minion diferently now. I have the No Brainer Brain Cupcakes recipe hub which would go good with that brain cake.

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      Margaret Schindel 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much, Barbara! I really love these recipes, too, and was thrilled when the bloggers gave me permission to share their fabulous photos (or is that phabulous photos?). I really appreciate the great feedback and the pin! :D

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Margaret! this is awesome, what a page, lmao at the cake brains oozing blood! you know I'm pinning this right? The page looks so good over here as well, very impressive!

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      Kathryn Grace 2 years ago from San Francisco

      The roach popcorn really grossed me out! The spiders on the chocolate chip cookies almost as much, and I'm not at all sure I could bite into the witches' fingers, but those white chocolate ghost pops look scrumptious and I might find myself nibbling more than my share. What a fabulous collection of treats for the Halloween season. Thank you.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Now that's what I call selection!! How very creative, you have given me so many ideas to have fun with my grandchildren. Thanks

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      SimonJay 3 years ago

      The brains, werewolf, the zombie minion, green finger and the graveyard cake all look awesome but think the brains will be the idea ill be using thx.

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      mommyplus3kids 3 years ago

      I really like the Despicable me zombie minion. Thanks for sharing

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      karMALZEKE 3 years ago

      You hit a HALLOWEEN home run.

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      Lee Hansen 3 years ago from Vermont

      Mwaahaaahaaahaaaa nom nom nomn.

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      AJ 3 years ago from Australia

      Oh my - I can't decide which is creepiest - the brains or the witches fingers? So well done and I am so relieved I'm not coming to your party :)

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      WistfullyWarped 3 years ago

      I LOVE this! The roach popcorn is decidedly warped and the Minion - yes! Great inspiration!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thanks so much, Brenda! I'll take that as a compliment. ;)

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      What a fantastic collection of creative ideas for desserts for hallowe'en!

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      I love all these ideas, especially the roach infested popcorn and edible rat! My kids would go crazy for those. Congratulations on receiving a gift card for your dreadfully awesome article...well deserved!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      What a great page with so many cool recipes. Wish I were hosting a Halloween party this year or even going to one. Any of these creepy desserts for Halloween would be welcomed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      These are all really awesome suggestions for Halloween! Of course, my favorite is the rat, but they are all really fabulous!

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      Meganhere 3 years ago

      The brains oozing cherry blood, the popcorn infested with roaches, the zombie cupcakes, the witches fingers - love them! Great lens.

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      The green witch fingers are my favorite, so real looking! And that rat is unbelievably realistic! I'll pass right over anything with spiders, oh my! This is fantastic Halloween food fun and I shall be passing it along to all my fiendish friends!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @HungryHappenings: Thank YOU, Beth! Your recipes are absolutely awesome.

      Happy Halloween to you as well and thanks so much for allowing me to use your fabulous photos in this article!

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      HungryHappenings 3 years ago

      It's so nice to see that so many people like my Cake Ball Brains!! Thanks again for featuring several of my recipes in your lens. I hope you have a Happy Halloween.

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      Really cute dessert recipes. They would be a real treat at any Halloween party. I especially like the brains.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks, Diana! Fortunately chocolate roaches are one infestation you can actually enjoy taking care of... and these little guys don't procreate, ha ha! Enjoy your Halloween treats, my friend.

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan! I'm so grateful that the three awesome authors and bloggers whose scary Halloween dessert recipes I featured allowed me to share their photos in my article. It makes all the difference, doesn't it?

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Having lived in Texas with roaches, and having just purchased a new popcorn popper, I'm quite sure I don't want any of those creepy crawlies in my snacks! Yikes. Love the brains and the witches' fingers. So many spooktacular ideas.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Oh my gosh! How gross, creepy and fabulous these Halloween dessert recipes are. Great job!

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      sybil watson 3 years ago

      Pinned to my Halloween board on Pinterest - so many great ideas! I agree with Nancy, I'd go for the brains first!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I like the simple chocolate spider idea. I could use that one on cookies for my grandkids. Love it.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      It's funny, but out of them all, and there are many that are fabulous, I still stick with the cake brains. They just really stand out I think!