Spooky, Scary Halloween Dessert Recipes
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
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 . 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! Fred & Friends Brain Freeze ice cube mold
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!!!
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 will show you how to create the most memorable All Hallows Eve party possible. "Hungry Halloween: featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man's Diner"
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Even More Fabulously Scary, Spooky, Gory, Ghoulish Dessert Recipe Ideas
- Chomping Monsters
These silly, scary Chomping Monsters from the folks at Pillsbury are cookies sandwiched together with brightly colored frosting and decorated with big candy teeth and huge marshmallow eyeballs.
- Martha Stewart's "Broken Glass" Cupcakes
Martha Stewart's "broken glass cupcakes" feature shards of clear caramel "glass" embedded at odd angles into lightly spiced cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and bright red "blood" make from strained cherry preserves.
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.
- Free Printable Halloween Bottle Labels & Potion Labels
These free, printable bottle labels will make your house look even spookier! Fill some with candy spiders, gummy worms, etc. for your party guests to enjoy, courtesy of Two Crafty Paws.
- Creepy Halloween Labels for Sweet Treats
Turn a jar of gummy worms into Deadly Night Crawlers, or a jar of brown M&Ms into Bat Guano with these wonderful printable labels from Celeste's design.wash.rinse.repeat... blog.
- Ghoulish Grown Up Beverage Labels
Serve hard cider for the adults at your party or non-alcoholic regular or sparkling cider for the children from a bottle labeled Spider Cider. Free printable label from Kate's Centsational Girl blog.
- Kid Friendly Halloween Drink Labels
Here are some printable drink labels for family-friendly, non-alcoholic beverages like Spooky Cider, R.I.P. Root Beer, Poison Punch and Dr. Jekyll Juice, also from Kate at the Centsational Girl blog.
Does Halloween Party Food Set the Party Mood?
How much difference does serving Halloween-themed food make in term of setting a fun and festive party mood?