Host A Halloween Party With These Frightfully Festive Desserts
With Halloween just around the corner, we’ve compiled five of our favourite spooky snacks that you’ll definitely want to devour. We’ve tried adding a few to the mix that aren’t laden with too much fondant and food colouring. From an intricate grazing platter to an autumnal pumpkin pie, these desserts will inspire you to host a Halloween party.
1/5 Ghost Sugar Cookies
Elevate your favourite sugar cookies with some ghoulish white royal icing. Mackinzie’s Spooky Ghost Cookies on Delish are to die for; they look nearly too perfect to eat. She recommends piping the royal icing around the edges of the cookie first, then filling in the centre afterwards.
If you’re a fan of chocolate, this other recipe for ghost cookies on Food Network uses chocolate chips for each ghoul's eyes and teaches you to make royal icing from scratch. Don’t fret if you can’t find a ghost-shaped cookie cutter (not exactly your typical pantry staple), as you can use cardboard to cut out the silhouette and trace around it onto your dough with a sharp knife.
2/5 Autumnal Pumpkin Pie
This gorgeous pumpkin pie isn’t the spookiest, but what it lacks in fright-factor it makes up for in taste. Garnished with sugared cranberries and pie-crust-pastry leaves, this showstopper is filled with a creamy pumpkin filling spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Find the recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction.
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3/5 Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes
If chocolate treats are more your cup of tea, here are two decadent delights: Preppy Kitchen enlightens you on baking and decorating five different Halloween-themed cupcakes, from a Jack-O-Lantern to Frankenstein. The useful step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to create each character. Share this fun activity with friends and family!
Meanwhile, Just a Taste's recipe for chocolate cupcakes comes with a twist—cream cheese frosting is thrown into the mix. The adorable pumpkin design is decked out with pretzel-stems and vines fashioned from green candy melts.
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4/5 Halloween Grazing Platter
Grazing tables are slowly taking over our Instagram feeds, but have you ever come across a Halloween-themed grazing platter? Make use of all those extra sweets in your pantry and let your creative juices flow. Arrange trick-or-treat candy on a cheeseboard like how Honestly Yum has done above—it'll be sure to impress even sugar naysayers.
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5/5 Vegan Pumpkin Sugar Cookies
If you need to cater to plant-based friends, we've got you covered. Using vegan butter and cornstarch or arrowroot powder as a binder, these pumpkin-spiced delights by Minimalist Baker are completely free of animal products. Each cookie, including the cinnamon frosting, only contains 93 calories—a pretty good deal for the diet-conscious.
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