8 Fun Halloween Treats

Cast a sweet spell with these simple recipes.

Also, try these Halloween cakes.

1. Spiderweb Cupcakes

Super-easy white-chocolate toppers appear to float, Houdini-like, over chocolate cupcakes.

Recipe: Itsy Bitsy Spiderwebs Cupcakes

2. Licorice-Eared Mice

No need to be afraid of these creatures; they're full of sugary goodness.

Recipe: Licorice-Eared Mice Mini-Cakes

3. Marzipan Pumpkins

To make pumpkins, divide marzipan into three batches. With food coloring, tint one green and one orange; leave one natural. For mottling, combine batches. Roll pumpkin spheres, scoring lobes with a skewer. Cut leaves with mini cutters.

4. Candy Corn Cookies

No one will guess these elegant cookies were made with refrigerated dough. Go ahead, let this simple shortcut remain your secret. To make this treat, knead extra flour and orange food coloring into refrigerated sugar-cookie dough. Use a triangle-shaped cutter; bake and let cool. Dip the wide base of each cookie into melted dark chocolate, then dip the tips into melted white chocolate. Set on a parchment-lined baking pan and chill in freezer for 5 minutes.

5. Moon Cake

A simple chocolate cake, adorned with a fronting moon, gets added snack appeal from bat-shaped sugar cookies.

Recipe: Over the Moon Cake

6. Halloween Cookies

Choose your favorite shortbread or sugar-cookie recipe and bake a batch or two. After cookies have cooled, use a pastry bag to pipe trim around the edges and spell out "BOO" in the centers.

Recipe: Sugar Cookie Dough

7. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

A touch of pumpkin gives this bewitching cake a taste that reflects the season.

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

8. Spider Cake

All you need to create this dazzling cake is boxed cake mix, store-bought frosting, and black sanding sugar.

Recipe: Along Came a Spider Cake

Get more Halloween ideas from CountryLiving.com:

Halloween Treats That Aren't Candy

50 Halloween Craft Projects

40 Pumpkin Decorating Tips

Retro Candy

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