Halloween recipe round-up: appetizers, snacks, and desserts

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Let’s talk about Halloween FOOD! I found a few cool recipes around the internet — you’ve got your caramel toffee fruit dip, meringue ghosts, and candy corn cupcakes right here, but this list is HARDLY exhaustive. There’s a whole world of Halloween eating goodness out there! After you’ve read these and been inspired, leave your favorite recipes in the comments and share the spooktacular knowledge.

Caramel Toffee Fruit Dip

Recipe used with permission from Jenna at Mom, the Intern.


1-8 oz. package of cream cheese
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1.8 tsp (pinch) nutmeg
1/2 bag of toffee chips


With an electric hand mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar and spices until fluffy. Resist urge to sppon the entire mixture into your mouth. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Then, gently mix in the toffee chips, spoon into a hollowed out pie pumpkin (the cute little ones) and top with a handful of extra toffee chips.

Meringue Ghost Surprises

Recipe used with permission from Jenny at A Heart Full of Love.


  • 2 egg whites
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white chocolate (grated works too!)
  • 1 tbs chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Start by separating out the egg whites. (You can put the yolks in the fridge to use in scrambled eggs in the morning.) Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs until frothy. I use the whisk attachment for my KitchenAid Stand Mixer – works great!
  2. When the egg whites are frothy, slowly stream in the sugar. Meanwhile chop your white chocolate. I use a hand grater but you can also chop it by hand.
  3. Continue beating on medium speed until egg whites form stiff peaks. It took about 15 minutes for mine to form stiff peaks but depends on your mixer. Basically when you remove the beaters, peaks should remain without flopping over. Remove the beaters and fold in the white chocolate.
  4. Pipe or spoon the meringue onto a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat or parchment paper. The Wilton Dessert Decorator works great for piping the ghosts.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the oven, shut the door, and then turn it off. Your ghosts will be done when the oven is completely cool (about 5 hours). It is best to do this overnight.
  6. After the meringues are done, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. Use a toothpick dipped in the melted chocolate to draw the eyes on the ghosts.

Monster Mash Popcorn Mix

Recipe used with permission from Katrina at In Katrina’s Kitchen.


  • 5 cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate
  • 1/4 cup orange chocolate
  • 1/4 cup yellow chocolate
  • 1 cup Reese’s Puffs cereal
  • 1/4 cup candy corn
  • candy eyes


We popped a bunch of popcorn using the homemade microwave method, drizzled it with chocolate, and threw in bunches of candy corn, Reese’s Puffs cereal, and these funky eyeball candies. Finished!

Candy Corn Cupcakes

Recipe used with permission from Shannon at The Curvy Carrot.


For the cake:

  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 6 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 and 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 and 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces and softened

For the frosting:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into chunks and softened
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar



  1. Adjust oven racks to the upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  3. Whisk the milk, egg whites, and extracts together in a small bowl.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together.
  5. Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat the butter, one piece at a time, into the flour mixture, about 30 seconds. Continue to beat the mixture until it resembles moist crumbs, 1 to 3 minutes.
  6. Beat in all but 1/2 cup of the milk mixture, then increase the mixer speed to medium and beat the batter until smooth, light, and fluffy, 1 to 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly beat in the remaining 1/2 cup of the milk mixture until the batter looks slightly curdled, about 15 seconds.
  7. Use a greased 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour the batter evenly into the cupcake liners.
  8. Bake the cupcakes, switching and rotating the pans halfway through baking, for a total of 15-20 minutes. (Mine took about 20 minutes total).
  9. Let the cupcakes cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. Beat the butter, cream, vanilla, and salt together in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and slowly add the confectioners’ sugar, and beat until incorporated and smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and beat until the frosting is light and fluffy, 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Divide the frosting into three bowls and tint each with desired food coloring tint.
  4. Using your pastry bag and desired tip, pipe the frosting in a cone-shape on the cupcakes…and voila!

BONUS HALLOWEEN ROUND: anyone who buys the Wookiee Cookies Star Wars Cookbook and makes Halloween-themed Wookiee Cookies gets a high five!

Comments on Halloween recipe round-up: appetizers, snacks, and desserts

  1. “Guts” Punch! The day before you need it, make ice cubes out of pineapple juice or coconut water (the flavored kinds are especially tasty): float peeled grapes, slightly mashed raspberries, pomegranate seeds, peach slices into half-moon slivers, or anything else you can think of that looks “gutsy” in the ice cube tray before freezing. Fun shapes of ice cubes are a bonus, but regular cubes will start to look funky as they melt, and variety is key! Fill them all differently, maybe using a variety of juices for a variety of colors and textures.

    Next, make a tray of Jell-o/gelatin jigglers in the flavor of your choosing. I like to slice mine into wiggly intestine strips once it’s set, but you can cut out little organ shapes if you’re feeling inspired. Blue looks especially awful in a red drink, FYI.

    The day of, mix your favorite red fruit juices (or totally non-fruit juice-type punch beverages) in a large bowl. Plop in the cubes and gelatin shapes, and done! A lovely grown-up version floats some fruity rum (pineapple is awesome) into a blend of cranberry and pomegranate juices for the punch base, but I have been told that dragonfruit vodka is excellent as well.

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