Halloween is a holiday that is all about having fun. You can go all-out with scary decorations, glowing pumpkins and lavish costumes. You can have just as much fun with your baked goods this time of year, as well. It’s a chance to be creative and try things that you probably wouldn’t do for one of the more “serious” holidays! Here are some of my must-try Halloween treats, from foodie jack o’lanterns to blood-oozing baked goods.
“Bloody” Vampire Baked Goods
If vampires are your favorite Halloween monster, you’ll want to try your hand at making a batch of Â Vampire CupcakesÂ (pictured above). They ooze red “blood” when you bite into them and will tempt any vampire – large or small – and are very impressive at a Halloween party.Â ThisÂ Vampire Cupcake demoÂ will ensure that your cupcakes look just as scary as mine, if you decide to try your hand at making vampire cupcakes this weekend. The same technique can be used on the Slime-Filled Cupcakes, as well. They’re easier to make than you might think!
Vampire CookiesÂ are also a good option for a vampire-themed treat. They’re like sandwich cookies, but the bright red filling baked inside to give you the same kind of oozing feeling that you get from the cupcakes.
Desserts aren’t the only way to celebrate, either, and a batch of Vampire Pancakes is perfect for starting your morning – or late-night snacking – off right!
Very Spooky Snacks
Cinnamon Cookie Bones with Blood Dipping Sauce aren’t a vampire-themed treat, but these buttery spice cookies are served up with a bright red raspberry dipping sauce that makes them look quite scary – in addition to tasting delicious.
Bloody Brain CupcakesÂ are bright pink cupcakes with squiggly brains for frosting. They’re creepy to look at, but will definitely surprise anyone who picks one up as a treat because they’re filled with a tart cranberry sauce that makes for a spooky soft center to these “brains.”
Slime-Filled Cupcakes from the Black LagoonÂ are inspired by old-school monster movies. They’re filled with a bright green lime curd that tastes delicious, but looks a little bit like radioactive ooze. It’s a great flavor combination and the color gets points for the “gross” factor when they’re served at a party.
This Pumpkin Spiderweb Tart looks like a giant spider might have helped to decorate it. The tart filling is a twist on pumpkin pie and it is decorated with a surprisingly easy-to-make spiderweb design that gives it just the right spooky finish. If you have any plastic spider decorations, they make great garnish.
Candy Corn CupcakesÂ are inspired by the ever-popular orange, yellow and white fondant candies. The candies may not be for everyone, but these colorful cupcakes are vanilla-flavored and are always a crowd pleaser.
Gingerbread Skeletons are cut-out cookies that give a new use to the gingerbread cookie cutters that you only use around Christmas because the gingerbread men are decorated with skulls and bones, instead of Santa suits. They’re actually very cute and the decorating process is easy to do. You can also use other flavors of cookie dough, such as chocolate or vanilla, that you would use for other cut-out cookies.
Quick and Easy Haunting Halloween Treats
If you don’t have a lot of time on Halloween for extra baking projects, there are still some amazing treats you can make. Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispy Treats use a special edition pumpkin marshmallow that is available around Halloween, pairing the crisp cereal bars with a graham cracker crust to mimic the flavors of pumpkin pie. Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats are an option that is just as easy for candy corn lovers.
Halloween Oreo Cheesecakes use limited edition Oreo cookies to infuse some Halloween color into single-serving cheesecakes. You can use the black and orange Oreos, or even the limited edition Candy Corn Oreos, if you can still find them! No Churn Halloween Ice Cream also uses these cookies for a festive – and easy – homemade ice cream.
Monster Cookies combine several cookie doughs in one to make giant monster eyes. Dirt Cupcakes (pictured at the top) are messy to make, but look amazing on a plate, and will definitely please zombie fans.
One last zombie-themed treat is a Zombie Graveyard Sheet Cake. This cake has an infusion of spooky colors and is covered with cookie “dirt” that makes it look like a graveyard. It is a lot of fun to decorate and it is ideal for serving a crowd!
Amazing Jack o’ Lanterns To Carve
The easiest way to carve a pumpkin is to put a simple face on it, but it doesn’t take much more work to give your pumpkin even more life. These Foodie Jack o’Lantern ideas include a skeleton chef and a vampire with a sweet tooth. The carving ideas include some helpful carving tips that will make your work go smoothly, too.
The Pumpkin-Craving PumpkinÂ is a bit of a monster who has developed a taste for sweeter, smaller pumpkins. He is definitely scary (if you’re a pumpkin!) and I featured his story in the animated film below. If you try carving this guy, don’t forget to scale the mouth to the size of your smaller pumpkin so that it fits in neatly!
Don’t forget that you can save those pumpkin seeds from all your carving projects and turn them into delicious Homemade Toasted Pumpkin Seeds! And check out our Halloween Pinterest Board for even more inspiration.
Once Halloween is over, bookmark these great ideas for using up leftover Halloween candy in some more amazing baked goods!