Healthier fall eats and ghoulish treats

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No tricks here. Find sweet treats, fall menus, and kid-friendly snacks you can feel good about in this fun-filled recipe collection.

1. Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies
Get festive with these delightful chocolaty cookies. For the spiderweb glaze, snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag. If it's too small, you can always make it bigger.

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2. Candied Apples
When we prepared these Candied Apples in our Test Kitchens, we were won over by their simple charm. In particular, we liked the way the cinnamon candy coating complemented the sweetness and cool crunch of the fruit in a classic flavor match. Our recipe uses cinnamon candies (Red Hots are a good choice) instead of the cinnamon and red food coloring used in other versions.

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Photo: Becky Luigart-StaynerPhoto: Becky Luigart-Stayner

3. Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits
These light, flavorful biscuits are the perfect complement to a fall meal. A light hand with the dough will help to ensure tender biscuits.

View Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits

4. Beef Daube Provençal
This classic French braised beef, red wine, and vegetable stew is simple and so delicious we named it one of our all-time best recipes. The flavor and texture allow you to keep it warm for your guests. Buy a whole-grain baguette, bagged salad greens, and bottled vinaigrette to round out the meal.

View Recipe: Beef Daube Provençal

Photo: Ellen SilvermanPhoto: Ellen Silverman

5. Caramel Apple Pie
You can't go wrong with a classic! A touch of kosher salt adds depth to the caramel topping.

View Recipe: Caramel Apple Pie

6. Halloween Green Bean Salad
Throw together a quick salad full of fresh fruits and veggies while the kids are trick-or-treating. A white wine and orange juice-based vinaigrette helps marry all the flavors together.

View Recipe: Halloween Green Bean Salad

Photo: Becky Luigart-StaynerPhoto: Becky Luigart-Stayner

7. Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
Instant coffee intensifies the chocolate richness of these cupcakes. To repeat the Halloween theme, decorate them with plastic cake toppers, licorice, jelly beans, or candy sprinkles.

View Recipe: Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

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