Since it is the beginning of October, I am sure that most readers out there are just as excited for fall and Halloween as I am; I can barely contain my desire to decorate my apartment with all things spooky for Halloween. Of course, what would the beginning of fall be like without spending hours in the kitchen baking delicious smelling and tasting treats that are filled with love and nostalgia.
If your family is like my own, I am sure that you spent many a day in the kitchen with your favorite family members learning how to make your favorite fall desserts that you look forward to throughout most of the year. Some of you may have favorite childhood memories that are centered around the lessons you learned while in the kitchen.
For the readers who have children, you should consider letting your little ones help you in the kitchen, especially when baking delicious desserts and treats. Research has shown that kids who grew up helping their parents in the kitchen nurtured specific traits, such as a healthy mindset regarding food and a more open mind than those who stayed out of the kitchen.
Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that has been pushed aside by a large portion of young adults; you can help curb that problem by letting your little ones help in the kitchen, or even just letting them watch. Besides creating amazing memories that will last a lifetime, you will also be fostering a closer relationship that can help your family become even closer.
So, without further delay, here are 20 spooky cupcake and cookie recipe ideas that you can use for your future baking session with the kiddos.
10 Halloween Cookie Recipes
Gooey Monster Eye Cookies
This creepy cookie idea is extremely simple to create and creates the perfect opportunity to allow your kiddos to help you create these spooky treats. You can use any shade of food coloring you want, blue, green, orange, red, anything, to truly customize your batch of cookies. Small children can help you add the candy eyes onto the cookie once they have cooled off, immediately elevating the cool factor of these sugar cookies.
Halloween Sugar Cookie Bars
These Halloween sugar cookie bars are an easy solution for those bakers who do not want to worry about rolling out and cutting cookie dough. Because these sugar cookies are created as square “bars”, you can bake them in a baking dish, instead of a pan, this allows you to simply cut the cookies in any way you desire. With this method, you can cut the cookie into 48 small cookie bars that can be customized with different colored frosting and embellishments, such as Oreo and chocolate icing. They will make an awesome addition to your Halloween recipes arsenal.
Chocolate Pumpkin Cut Out Cookies
This cute chocolate pumpkin cookie idea can warm the hearts of everyone that tastes them. They are super easy to make, and your kids will have so much fun placing the candy eyes and drizzling the frosting on top, too! Not to mention how cute they look as mummified ginger bread men, you can always change the way you decorate these cookies to turn them into different creatures or objects. They can also make the perfect addition to your Halloween party food.
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Candy Corn and White Chocolate Soft-batch Cookies
This impressive idea mashes together two of the best things about fall and Halloween: candy corn and chocolate chip cookies. These white chocolate chip and candy corn cookies can make anyone feel nostalgic for their childhood trick-or- treating days and will leave a warm place in your heart. You will be surprised at how well white chocolate chips and candy corn actually go together.
Halloween Party Cutout Cookies
The next Halloween cookie idea is a fresh and simple take on frosted sugar cookies. While this recipe does make you roll, freeze, and cut the dough, the extra time is worth it when you are able to create spooky shapes with a shaped cookie cutter. What is even better about this idea is that you can frost the tops of the shaped cookies any way you desire, you can have green bats or blue ghosts, it is customizable to your preferences.
Soft Sugar Cookie Recipe: Halloween cookie Style
Are you looking for a sugar cookie recipe that blows the socks off your family while still being deceptively simple? Well look no further, as this Halloween recipe for a spooky treat is sure to impress. These sugar cookies are shaped like a regular and circular cookie, but allows you to create full faces on the tops of the cookies, without wasting any cookie dough unlike cutting them into shapes.
Halloween Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Do you love chocolate? What about double chocolate? If you answered “yes” to both of these questions than you will love the chocolate-chocolate chip cookies. Chocolate is mixed into the batter and extra chocolate chips are mixed into the chocolate batter, leaving you with the best tasting double chocolate chip cookies around.
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Witches’ Hats cookies may be the easiest recipe to follow on this entire list; all you need is a few fudge stripes, chocolate kisses, honey, and a little bit of frosting to make these creepy cookies. One of the best features of this cute Halloween cookie idea is how simple they are to make and how quickly you can make them. You do not have to bake anything to create these cookies, making them a hit last minute addition for your child’s next Halloween party.
These meringue cookies give you a perfect opportunity to make creepy bone shaped desserts for your next party. These spooky treats are made with a few common baking ingredients and are relatively easy to make in your own kitchen. This recipe details how you can make spooky, bone shaped, meringue cookies to die for.
Halloween Peanut Butter Spider Cookies Recipe
The final Halloween cookie recipe guides you to make deliciously spooky peanut butter spider cookies. The spiders are very simple to make, all you need are some chocolate kisses, candy eyeballs, and melted chocolate in a zipper bag to pipe on the legs.
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10 Halloween Cupcake Recipes
Candy Corn Cupcakes
The first cupcake idea on our list uses candy corn to embellish a simple cupcake with white frosting to turn it into a delicious Halloween treat for you and your family.
Bat cupcakes are as easy to make as they are to eat! This recipe guides you in making deliciously moist chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and topped with a bat – a real spooky treat!. The bats are very simple to make, all you need is the top cookie of an Oreo to make the wings of the bat along with tiny candy eyeballs for the eyes.
This worm cake idea will really give you a case of nostalgia for those delicious mud pies that you would make when you were in elementary school as you bake them. These delicious chocolate cupcakes are embellished with gummy worms to provide a sweet treat your children will love.
Easy Halloween Mummy Cupcakes
These spooky treat mummy cupcakes are sure to be a hit at your next Halloween party. This recipe uses white fondant and candy eyeballs to create an adorable mummy face frosting for delicious chocolate cupcakes.
If mummies are not your style, then you can always go with a different monster to decorate your cupcakes. The next idea on this list takes inspiration from a well-known horror story to create scary Halloween snacks. Much like Dr. Frankenstein’s monster himself, theses cupcakes are topped with green icing with a small red stitch made from edible gel to resemble the Monster.
Going away from the scary Halloween cupcake ideas that were presented earlier in this list, you can make deliciously adorable owl cupcakes for festivities. This easy cupcake recipe creates adorably enticing cupcakes that resemble owls by utilizing mini Oreo cookies and M&Ms to make comically large eyes. They can be the perfect Halloween treat for all.
Fondant Ghost Cupcakes
What Halloween recipe list would be complete without having an idea for ghost shaped cupcakes? You can use fondant to frost any type of cupcake you like and mold it into a spooky ghost shaped treat. While they seem more adorable than scary, these cupcakes will be loved by all who tries them.
Creepy Halloween Skull Cupcakes
This next recipe draws inspiration from the movie character Jack Skellington from A Nightmare Before Christmas. This recipe is very simple to follow and uses common ingredients, such as vanilla and chocolate icing, to make a delicious Halloween dessert.
Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes
The second to last cupcake recipe on this list takes gross horror to a new level by using various candies and food colorings to turn a simple cupcake into a terrifying sight. This creative idea makes your cupcakes look as if they are topped with a bloody shard of glass. While this recipe is slightly more complex than others and will take more time, they will be worth it when they are fawned over at your next Halloween party.
The final cupcake idea on this Halloween snack list draws inspiration from a spine-tingling insect to form deliciously terrifying cupcakes. By using frosting that has sprinkles mixed in, you can create the perfect area to attach black licorice to the icing to create scary, long-legged spiders. This recipe is for anyone who wants to make a spooky, but simple, cupcake for their child’s next Halloween school party.
There are a plethora of recipes for Halloween snacks and desserts that will be a hit as your next Halloween party food. The 20 recipes listed in this article barely scratch the surface for spooky Halloween snacks that you can make with your children and should serve as some inspiration for your next baking session. Do not forget to allow your children to help you make these cupcakes and cookies so they can build their cooking skills and create beautiful, life-long memories that neither you nor your kids, will ever forget.