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Satisfy your sweet tooth with these Halloween and fall-theme desserts that are easy and fun to make for both kids and adults.
Watch these eyeball pies disappear faster than you can say "monster mash." Pudding-filled tart shells are a crowd pleaser and when made into eyeballs for Halloween, they'll be gobbled up in a wink.
Note: The eyeball tart looks especially scary when presented on a purple fake fur monster bearing candy corn teeth.
Go for wicked or zany with this edible witch's hat. The concoction is an updated popcorn ball recipe tinted with food coloring pastes and shaped into hat form. For something a little more wicked, use traditional black and orange food coloring pastes. Or, pair vibrant colors for something zany.
All kinds of creatures come out at Halloween, including mysterious beings like the Blue Blob. Anything but disturbing, this concoction is a simple mix of pudding and frozen whipped topping with a few details added to give the dessert its monsterlike appearance.
Give new meaning to the concept "finger food" this Halloween. Large pretzel sticks resemble fingers when the ends are dipped in melted candy coating and topped with a sliced almond fingernail. Display the "digits" in a shirt sleeve-covered jar.
Craft these wicked witch hats by sandwiching a layer of frosting between two store-bought chocolate cookies. Top the sandwich brims with a chocolate ice cream cone, glued in place with frosting. Pipe frosting around the hat for decoration.
Make no bones about it -- these three skeletons are a scarily sweet treat. Create the edible scene with staples found in your grocery store's snack and baking aisles.
Everyone will be clawing their way to this grinning cat cake. Not only is it cute, this cat pairs two classic favorites -- brownies and ice cream -- into one dessert.
Five layers of round cake support a pointed ice cream cone to make this towering purple hat cake.
Tricks go with treats, and sweet pairs with spicy in this flavorful, well-decorated spice cake.
Transform a round layer cake into a display of fall colors. Start with a frosted cake. Trim lollipop sticks so the candy portion just peeks out over the edge of the cake. Remove wrappers and press into the side of the cake.
Up the "eek" factor of these pudding-filled cupcakes with layers of slimy gummy worms.
Jack-o'-lantern-face gingersnaps top creamy mini pumpkin cheesecakes for a yummy flavor pairing (and a cute table display!). Use Halloween-theme cupcake liners for the cheesecakes to add to the festivity.
For a Halloween dessert in a hurry, purchase a frozen cheesecake, thaw, and decorate with shards of melted candy coating tinted with orange food coloring paste. Top with whipped dessert topping and sprinkles and be ready to wow 'em.