With Halloween right around the corner, many of you will be making some tasty treats for Halloween parties and get-togethers… so we’ve rounded up 25 of our favorite gory, creepy and downright terrifying desserts and sweet snacks to keep your guests amused.
1. Bloody Good Cheesecake
This creepy looking cheesecake is bloody good, literally. Well not literally. But there is a yummy sauce poured over the top which is made to look like dripping blood. Make your way over to SugarDish Me to find out the recipe and tips and tricks for this cheesecake.
2. Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies
These cookies are made the exact same way as regular chocolate chip cookies, but at the very end, thin little “spider legs” are added by piping on bits of melted chocolate. Head over to Tastes Better From Scratch to find out the proper way to achieve this look.
3. Blood Spatter Cookies
These round sugar cookies are embellished with dark red icing that looks like spattered blood. Creepy, huh?! The key here is to thin out the icing a bit so it splatters easily. Make your way over to Annie’s Eats to find out all the details for these fun cookies.
4. Ghastly Candy Bark
This fun chocolate bark is made simply by melting both dark and white chocolate, and then swirling it in a certain way to create these ghostly-looking figures on the surface of the bark. Head over to The Simple Sweet Life to check out all of the instructions.
5. Spiderweb Brownies
These delicious-looking brownies are made in a round pan and then topped with a cream cheese frosting mixture in a beautiful spiderweb shape. Be sure to top it with a plastic spider or two for added effect. Check out the full photo tutorial at Life Tastes Good.
6. Mummy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites
Combine fall flavors with Halloween for these yummy-looking pumpkin cheesecake bites that are meant to look like mummies. And here’s the best part… they are no-bake! Head over to Creme de la Crumb to check out the recipe and tutorial.
7. Easy Bat Cupcakes
These dark, delicious-looking cupcakes are made to look like creepy little bats, thanks to some strategically-placed candy pieces. So if you’re in the mood for a triple chocolate style dessert, give this one a try. Check out the recipe and how-to over at Big Bear’s Wife.
8. Ghost Meringues
These little meringue ghosts are actually pretty cute, with their plump little meringue bodies and droopy black facial expressions. Make your way over to Smart School House to find out how to recreate these fun ghost meringues yourself.
9. Bloody Cake
This classic red velvet cake gets a scary twist, with a layer of red “blood” (ganache) and a knife stuck right down the middle for added effect. Make your way over to Say It With Cake to find out how to create the ganache, and for a link to the red velvet cake recipe too.
10. Mummy Pretzels
If you’re a fan of combining salty with sweet, then you’ll love these clever little mummy pretzels. Begin with regular preztel rods, then coat them with stripes of white chocolate and finish with candy eyes. Check out all the instructions over at Let’s Dish.
11. Spooky Caramel Apples
These caramel apples are black instead of light brown, giving them a super spooky look that just screams Halloween. All you’ll need to kick your regular caramel apples up a notch is some black food coloring. Check out the full recipe and instructions at Baked By Rachel.
12. Peanut Butter Chocolate Eyeballs
These scary looking “eyeballs” are actually made from peanut butter, powdered sugar and a single chocolate chip for the “pupil.” Add some red frosting gel to make them look bloodshot, and you’re good to go. Check out the recipe at Farm To Table.
13. Pumpkin Mummy Cookies
These cookies encompass a feeling of both fall and halloween, with a delicious pumpkin filling and a spooky mummy theme. Just arrange pieces of dough in strips across the rectangular cookies to form that “mummy” look. Check out the instructions here.
14. Spooky Cookies
These super dark chocolate cookies have googly little eyeballs all over each one, making them the perfect understated Halloween cookie choice. Simply add black food coloring and candy eyes to a traditional recipe to get this effect. See the recipe at Love To Be In The Kitchen.
15. Strawberry Ghosts
If you’d like to opt for a slightly healthier dessert, you might want to give these wonderful strawberry ghosts a try. They are dipped in white chocolate, and then chocolate chips are added to create the look of a face. Head over to Miss Candiquik to see the recipe.
16. Vampire Cookies
These vampire cookies might be my favorite of the bunch. They are understated, but so clever and unique. These are basic sugar cookies filled with raspberry jelly and then poked twice with a toothpick so it looks like a vampire has bitten them. Get the instructions at Ashlee Marie’s blog.
17. Monster Mash Popcorn
This sweet popcorn snack has a scary lime green color, with creepy candy eyes mixed in which gives it a thoroughly Halloween vibe. Make your way over to Cooking With Curls to find out how to recreate this yummy snack for your own family.
18. Pumpkin Bundt Cakes
These mini bundt cake pumpkins are absolutely genius. Simply make two cakes and combine them into one pumpkin shaped confection. Add a pretzel for a stem, along with any frosting or sprinkles that you’d like. Head to One Little Project to see the recipe.
19. Peanut Butter Graveyard Cups
These peanut butter graveyard cups are meant to look like layers of earth with a tombstone on top… but it is made with layers of mousse and a Milano cookie. Head over to Create-Celebrate-Explore to find out how to make these fun desserts for your next party.
20. Autumn Oreo Brownies
These layered brownies have that subtle Halloween feel, thanks to the color scheme – orange and black. The middle section comes from Oreos with orange centers. Make your way over to Vegan In The Freezer to find out how to make these vegan Halloween brownies.
21. Happy Little Ghost Sugar Cookies
Halloween treats don’t have to be creepy! These impossibly adorable “happy little ghost” cookies are made with traditional sugar cookie dough and then little faces are added on using a food marker. Check out the instructions at Sarah’s Bake Studio.
22. Monster Rice Krispies Treats
These fun rice krispies pops are made to look like they are straight out of the movie Monsters, Inc. Just cover each one with a different color frosting and then add candy eyes. Head on over to Lil’ Luna to read the recipe and find out all of the instructions.
23. Milano Mummies
This recipe is incredibly easy, for those of you who don’t have enough time to be whipping up cookie dough. Simply grab a bag of Milanos and drizzle white chocolate across them. Finish with black dots for eyes. Check out the tutorial over at Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
24. Pretzel Pumpkins
Here’s a clever little project that isn’t quite as spooky as many of the others. Dip pretzel twists in chocolate that’s been dyed orange and then add chocolate chips for stems. Read more about this fun project and check out the recipe over at I Heart Naptime.
25. Witch Fingers Pretzels
These witch finger pretzels are deliciously creepy, and they aren’t all that difficult to make either! You’ll never guess what those fingernails are made of… I’ll give you a hint – there are almonds involved. Head over to About.com to find out all the details.