Healthy Halloween and Fall Favorites

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

Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies Recipes

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Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

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.

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Candied Apples Recipes

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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Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits Recipes

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Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits

These light, flavorful biscuits are the perfect complement to a fall meal, especially when paired with Orange Blossom Honey Butter. A light hand with the dough will help to ensure tender biscuits.

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Beef Daube Provençal Recipes

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Beef Daube Provençal

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.

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Caramel Apple Pie Recipes

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Caramel Apple Pie

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

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Halloween Green Bean Salad

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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.

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Recipes

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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.

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Candy Apple Punch

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Candy Apple Punch

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.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies Recipes

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

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.

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Sorghum and Cider Recipes

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Roasted Root Vegetables with Sorghum and Cider

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.

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Caramel Popcorn Recipes

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Caramel Popcorn

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.

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Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding Recipes

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Butternut Squash and Parmesan Bread Pudding

A side of sautéed kale or mustard greens would provide a nice counterpoint to the sweet butternut squash in this savory vegetarian entrée.

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Jackson Pollock Candied Apples Recipes

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Jackson Pollock Candied Apples

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.

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Tarte Tatin

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Tarte Tatin

Caramel-bathed apples nestle in a tender crust, while crème fraîche lends a little French tang to this fall classic.

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Shaved Fall Vegetable Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

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Shaved Fall Vegetable Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

Sparkling cider and cider vinegar amplify the apple flavor in this fresh seasonal salad also featuring butternut squash, celery root, and arugula.

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Maple Chile Popcorn Recipes

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Maple-Chile Popcorn

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.

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Brownie Snack Cake Recipes

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Brownie Snack Cake

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.

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Quick Fall Minestrone

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Quick Fall Minestrone

Fall produce, with its powerful flavor and heartiness, is a frequent presence in comfort-food recipes. Butternut squash, potatoes, kale, and carrot make this soup soul-warming, and pasta and white beans give it traditional Italian flavor.

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Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Recipes

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Spiced Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

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.

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Cider-Roasted Chicken Recipes

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Cider-Roasted Chicken

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.

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Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix Recipes

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Crisp and Spicy Snack Mix

Snack on this salty, spicy mix before dinner. And if there's any left, toss it on a salad.

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Chocolate-Toffee Apples

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Chocolate-Toffee Apples

These candied apples combine the buttery richness of caramel apples with the fun crunch of candied ones—two old standards twisted together.

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Black Cat Sandwich Cookies

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Black Cat Sandwich Cookies

These yummy (and slightly spooky) confections are a tasty blend of shortbread-like cookies with a layer of soft chocolate.

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Halloween Crispy Treats

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Halloween Crispy Treats

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.

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