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10 Simple Dessert Ideas for Halloween

No tricks, just treats.

Whether you’re hosting a costume party or choosing to indulge in sweets in solitude, Halloween is worth celebrating. And by celebrating we mean snacking. Traditionally Halloween conjures up ideas of Kit Kats and snack-size packs of Skittles, but this year we are raising the bar. Check out these quick and easy dessert recipes that are so cute you won’t be able to Reese-ist. 

Matcha Monster Waffles

Image Courtesy of Caroline Gravino for Handmade Charlotte

Image Courtesy of Caroline Gravino for Handmade Charlotte

As soon as we see matcha as an ingredient we’re sold. All you need to create these monster waffles are boxed waffle mix, matcha powder, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and the candy bars of your choice.

Easy Bat Oreos

Image Courtesy of One Sweet Appetite

Image Courtesy of One Sweet Appetite

These bat-shaped treats are almost as fun to construct as they are to eat. Simply cover your Oreos in melted chocolate and let them set. Then, place an Oreo half on either side of the “body” and you’re done!

Spooky Forest Pudding Cups

Image Courtesy of Brian Woodcock for Country Living

Image Courtesy of Brian Woodcock for Country Living

These pudding cups may require a few more ingredients than the rest, but don’t let that scare you away. In this recipe homemade chocolate pudding is dished into small cups with cookie layers in between. Finish them off with pumpkin candies and chocolate candy trees and you’ll have an equally unique and satisfying dessert.

Banana Mummies

Image Courtesy of Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling by Marina Malchin for Woman's Day Kitchen

Image Courtesy of Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling by Marina Malchin for Woman's Day Kitchen

 Requiring almost no effort, these mummified bananas are sure to be the cutest option on the dessert table.

Black-Bottom Brownies

Image Courtesy of Brian Woodcock for Country Living

Image Courtesy of Brian Woodcock for Country Living

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Don’t be fooled, these aren’t just any brownies. A hint of espresso balanced by cream cheese topping creates the ultimate rich-to-sweet ratio.

Jack-O’-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies

Image Courtesy of My Gorgeous Recipes

Image Courtesy of My Gorgeous Recipes

If it was up to us pumpkin spice season would be celebrated year round. That being said, we will gladly take any (and every) opportunity to embrace the seasonal flavor, especially when it comes in a puff pastry like these hand pies.

Boo Bites

Image Courtesy of Seeded At The Table

Image Courtesy of Seeded At The Table

These bite-sized shortbread cookies will be hard to put down. Decorated with festive non-perils these are a simple yet reliable choice.

Spider Cookies

Image Courtesy of Will Dickey for The Pioneer Woman

Image Courtesy of Will Dickey for The Pioneer Woman

When it comes to spiders, you’ll catch us running the other way. When it comes to these spider cookies… you’ll need to keep us away. Take the traditional peanut butter cookie up a notch by showcasing your design skills. 

Butterfinger Brown Butter Cookies

Image Courtesy of Grandbaby Cakes

Image Courtesy of Grandbaby Cakes

Smooth and creamy, while flaky and buttery-- just like the favorite childhood candy-- this cookie merges the best of both worlds.

Candy Corn Cookies

Image Courtesy of Hummingbird High

Image Courtesy of Hummingbird High

Don’t let the name fool you. No candy corn required, these are a festive twist on the traditional Italian rainbow cookie. The usual colors of red, white and green are simply replaced with Halloween colors of your choosing (in this case orange, yellow and white), while the moist almond cake layers remain separated by jam.