No tricks here. Find sweet treats, fall menus, and kid-friendly snacks you can feel good about in this fun-filled recipe collection.
Get festive with these delightful chocolatey 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.
View Recipe: Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies
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.
View Recipe: Candied Apples
This classic French braised beef, red wine, and vegetable stew is simple and so delicious we named it one of our 25 best recipes ever. 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
You can't go wrong with a classic! A touch of kosher salt adds depth to the caramel topping.
View Recipe: Caramel Apple Pie
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
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
Cinnamon candies and cranberry-apple drink help give this party-ready punch its fun, bright red color. For a toddy version,
adults can substitute 1 cup rum for 1 cup water.
View Recipe: Candy Apple Punch
Like popcorn and butter or apple and cinnamon, chocolate and peanut butter is an enduringly irresistible combination. Bake
on a weekend and serve as an after school snack or offer them at a Halloween party.
View Recipe: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies
Sorghum—also known as sorghum molasses—is the distinctive, syrupy by-product of sorghum grain. Look for it in specialty stores
and gourmet grocers, or substitute molasses.
View Recipe: Roasted Root Vegetables with Sorghum and Cider
This top-rated treat is always a hit. Divide and store in airtight containers to give as gifts or set out for friends and
family to snack on at your next party.
View Recipe: Caramel Popcorn
A side of sautéed kale or mustard greens would provide a nice counterpoint to the sweet butternut squash in this savory vegetarian
View Recipe: Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding
Named for the abstract expressionist's signature paint-splattered canvases, these apples make great Halloween treats. Green
Granny Smiths go well with the sweet white and bittersweet chocolates, but use any apple you like. Look for wooden sticks
at craft supply stores, or use forks instead.
View Recipe: Jackson Pollock Candied Apples
Caramel-bathed apples nestle in a tender crust, while crème fraîche lends a little French tang to this fall classic.
View Recipe: Tarte Tatin
Sparkling cider and cider vinegar amplify the apple flavor in this fresh seasonal salad also featuring butternut squash, celery
root, and arugula.
View Recipe: Shaved Fall Vegetable Salad with Cider Vinaigrette
Maple syrup provides a touch of sweet, while ground red pepper adds heat to this quick and easy appetizer. A heatproof spatula
works best to combine and spread the ingredients into the pan.
View Recipe: Maple-Chile Popcorn
Don't be intimidated by the spiderweb design on this cake; it's much easier than it looks! Starting in center of cake, pipe
frosting in 4 concentric circles. Then, starting at center circle, pull a wooden pick or tip of a knife through circles at
regular intervals to edge of cake to form a "web" design.
View Recipe: Brownie Snack Cake
Vegetable shortening gives this piecrust—which we've deemed our best ever—a delicious, flaky texture. Be sure to read the
nutrition labels and buy a brand with no trans fats though.
View Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
Brining overnight in a salt-and-cider mixture makes this chicken incredibly flavorful and moist while basting with reduced
apple cider adds a hint of sweetness to the finished chicken.
View Recipe: Cider-Roasted Chicken
Snack on this salty, spicy mix before dinner. And if there's any left, toss it on a salad.
View Recipe: Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix
These candied apples combine the buttery richness of caramel apples with the fun crunch of candied ones—two old standards
View Recipe: Chocolate-Toffee Apples
These yummy (and slightly spooky) confections are a tasty blend of shortbread-like cookies with a layer of soft chocolate.
View Recipe: Black Cat Sandwich Cookies
Pull out the Halloween cookie cutters and get creative! Marshmallow-and-crispy-rice squares remain one of the great, simple
treats, loved by ghosts of all ages. For a Halloween party, make a batch and spookify it by cutting the squares into shapes
with cookie cutters—right in the pan. Chocolate minichips work for eyes; secure with a dab of melted chocolate. Dark-colored
bars become bats, spiders, coffins, or cauldrons.
To really make a spooky splash, try one of our 9 Crispy Rice Bar Recipes.