Since I have a sweet tooth, Halloween is a dangerous holiday for me. In fact, I typically purchase my candy on Halloween day so I’m not tempted to ransack my supply before trick-or-treat time. Yet, Halloween has so many symbols (jack-o-lanterns, bats, witches, ghosts, it’s tough not to want to make a few Halloween dessert recipes. The other day I saw this elaborate haunted house cake with caramelized-sugar windows. It was beautiful and looked fun to make. However, even if I took the time to attempt to make it, I was pretty sure it wouldn’t turn out looking like the picture. Thus, instead, I came up with some easy Halloween desserts (that are kid-friendly too).
Sweet and Salty Frosted Crackers
This one is so easy, a toddler could make it. I like the combination of buttery, salted crackers with some frosting. It tastes like a cookie but it’s not as sugary. Round butter crackers are perfect canvases for pumpkins, scary faces or just for decorating. I purchased a can of orange frosting. Kids can frost the cookies and then use various sprinkles or decorating gel.
Layered Halloween Pudding Treat
For this treat, simply make some vanilla or chocolate instant pudding (according to package directions. Adults should do any cooking on the stovetop). After the pudding has cooled, kids can spoon a layer into a clear dish. Next, crush some chocolate sandwich cookies and put over the pudding (I saw plenty of Halloween-themed sandwich cookies at the store with orange frosting in the middle). Next, put another layer of cookies on top. Continue until your dish is almost full. Finally, top with a whole cookie.
Eyeball Brownie Bites
There are plenty of candy eyeballs that can transform any dessert into a scary Halloween treat. I like these from Wilton. Simply take some frosting and dab it on the top on the brownie bite. Then, put the eyeballs on top.
Orange Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes
Follow the directions on a standard chocolate cake box mix, except substitute orange juice for the water. Also, add in one tablespoon of grated orange peel. Cook cake according to package directions. After it cools, take a can of your favorite chocolate or vanilla frosting and put it on top. Garnish with a little grated orange peel.
These easy Halloween desserts can be set up as a fun Halloween dessert bar for the entire family!
More from Melissa:
Kid-Friendly Fall Desserts: Apple Pockets and Pumpkin Pie Bites
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