Halloween is the perfect time to plan a baking date with your kiddos and create some spooky sweets. All of the recipes below are super kid-friendly (and easy) so the process isn’t stressful or complicated for them. From creepy spider cookies to gingerbread skeletons, there is something for everyone and every skill level. Check out these 15 totally doable treats and get to pinning.
1. Eye of Newt Pretzels: Do this one over the sink or set up a station outside to avoid finding sprinkles all over your house for the next month. Package them in individual cellophane bags and share with friends. (via Lady Behind the Curtain)
2. Gingerbread Skeletons: Transform ordinary gingerbread men into spooky skeletons with simple piping and small candy features. The end result is more appealing than all those fun-sized snickers. (via Right at Home)
3. Monster Marshmallow Cupcakes: The lesson here is that no matter what you make, finding a way to add candy eyes is always a good idea. Marshmallows and buttercream frosting never hurt either. (via Smart School House)
4. Frankenstein Family Treats: Bake a batch of your go-to cookie (shortbread, sugar or gingerbread) and lay out an array of melted chocolates and candy. Have a contest to see who can come up with the best one. Winner gets… another cookie! (via Better Homes and Gardens)
5. Witch Hat Cookies: Take two of the best snacks (Oreos and Hershey’s kisses) and put them together to make something that’s wickedly delicious. A layer of orange icing is the delicious glue holding everything together here. (via Princess Pinky Girl)
6. Monster Cookies: Make this a two-day project and bake the chocolate chip cookies together, or just grab a box from the bakery. Either way, the final assembly is something even the tiniest sous chef can handle. (via Buttercream Bakehouse)
7. Pumpkin Patties: A fork leaves the perfect indentations for a pumpkin, and the pretzel stem makes for easy grabbing. Leave the orange-flavored candy uncovered for one day before storing in an airtight container for up to a week. (via Mom on Time Out)
8. Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs: This treat is the ultimate combination of salty and sweet thanks to the pretzels, white chocolate and bright colored sprinkles. Form your webs on small pieces of wax paper or tin foil for easy removal. (via Five Heart Home)
9. Monster Cookies: These gooey, cake-like cookies are made with boxed cake mix and a package of cream cheese. Press candy eyes all over cookies while they’re still warm. Consume immediately, because they won’t last long. (via Lil Luna)
11. Monster Candy Bark: If you find yourself with extra candy, melt it all down for this no-rules candy bark. Chill in the refrigerator until hard and break into bite-sized pieces. (via Fork and Beans)
12. Candy Corn Marshmallows: Dip jumbo marshmallows in orange candy melts and let cool on parchment paper before going back for a double-dip in a bowl of yellow. Leave them as-is or add eyes to make an army of marshmallow men. (via Knead to Cook)
13. Mini Donut Spiders: You’ll need to pre-cut the pretzels before you get started, and then the kids will be able to do the rest of the work. Attach the candy eyes with a dab of melted chocolate and enjoy with a monstrous glass of milk. (via It’s Always Autumn)
14. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles: This is one recipe your tiny baking assistant can help with from start to finish, since there’s no hot oven to worry about. Add the red eyes with a food-safe marker or a q-tip dipped in food coloring. (via Creme de la Crumb)
15. Spider Attack Cookies: Soft peanut butter cookies are topped with a hazelnut Ferrero Rocher candy and eight chocolate legs. Add the eyes to the candy while the cookies are still in the oven, let cool and get ready for cookie-candy heaven. (via OMG Chocolate Desserts)
Do you plan on baking any of these spooky sweets this Halloween? Leave us a comment! We’d love to talk to you!