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Create a spooky look for your home -- inside and out -- with our easy Halloween crafts. You'll find plenty of creative crafts ideas for a fun Halloween. Including spooky ghosts, smiling pumpkins, and a few other eerie friends, our Halloween crafts will help you set the scene for a frightful evening.

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How to Make a Spooky Bat Wreath for Halloween

Watch our nifty orgami-folding technique to turn cardstock sheets into flying bats (free template included). Attach a colony of bats to a wreath and your Halloween door is all set for trick-or-treaters.

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Haunted Owl Pretzels

A soft pretzel plus some creative toppings equals an adorable owl-shape treat that will be the hit of any fall get-together. Here's how to make them.

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Halloween Drink & Punch Recipes

No goblin or ghoul will go thirsty at your Halloween party with these delightful party drinks and punch recipes. Concoct a kid-friendly beverage, or experiment with adults-only cocktail creations.

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Luscious Pumpkin Desserts

There's no doubt about it: Pumpkin is the quintessential fall flavor, and we especially love it in desserts. With classic pumpkin recipes like pumpkin pie and new favorites like pumpkin bread pudding and pumpkin cupcakes, our collection of pumpkin dessert recipes will have you prepared for any fall gathering.

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Easy Wreath with a Message

A word spelled with pipe cleaners hangs from the inside of this incredibly easy wreath. Here's how to customize the look.

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Simply Sweet Valentine's Day Dessert Recipes

Sweeten your Valentine's Day with a scrumptious, romantic, and even heart-shape dessert recipe. Whether your sweetie likes rich chocolate desserts, berry pies, or creme brulee, you're sure to win hearts with a delicious Valentine's Day dessert.

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    • Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

      Every nibble of these honey-topped morsels features crumbly shortbread crust and classic cheesecake filling. The sweetest part? The naturally heart-shape strawberry slices.

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    • Raspberry Swirl Brownies

      Fudgy brownies made with dark chocolate get a sweet surprise from a swirl of tart raspberry puree. Heart-shape cutouts give the dessert a charming finish.

    • Best-Ever Vanilla Pudding

      Love is sure to be in the air when you serve this simple vanilla pudding decorated with heart-shape sprinkles. Not only is the silky dessert easy to whip up, but it can also be served hot or cold.

    • Chocolate Cannoli

      For a fancy finish to your romantic Valentine's Day dinner, serve your loved one a chocolaty twist on classic Italian cannoli. Rolled up with love in a homemade chocolate shell, creamy ricotta cheese flavored with cocoa and orange peel gets a gorgeous garnish from shaved dark chocolate.

    • Sparkling Grapefruit Sorbet Floats

      Prepare a Valentine's Day dessert that shines with the help of bubbly prosecco. Pour the fizzy drink onto homemade grapefruit sorbet and scoops of vanilla ice cream for a sparkling sweet-tart indulgence.

    • Double-Cherry Slab Pie

      Gooey cherry filling is the key to charming your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. For the thickest, dreamiest filling, we incorporated cornflakes with the cherries. Use heart-shape cookie cutters for a sweet reveal.

    • Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

      The ultimate "I love you" treat is a box of chocolate-covered strawberries. Here's how to make them at home.

    • Raspberry-Chocolate Frozen Dessert

      Drizzled in chocolate sauce, this custardlike dessert gets a boost of elegance from fresh raspberries, toasted almonds, and dreamy dark chocolate. The easy Valentine's Day recipe is sweetened with honey rather than sugar for a more natural sweetness.

    • Double-Chocolate Brownies

      Fudgy, almond-studded brownies topped with a love note make a swoon-inducing Valentine's Day dessert worthy of true love. Don't skimp on the chocolate frosting -- heavy whipping cream gives it a smooth, velvety finish.

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      Lavender-Lemon Pudding Cakes

      Softly sweet lavender infuses these mini lemon pudding cups with light ambrosial flavor. Make them in heart-shape ramekins to show extra love.

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      Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam

      Impress your significant other with a towering masterpiece of layered white cake, buttercream frosting, and four kinds of fresh berries. Bake and refrigerate the cake two days before Valentine's Day so you can stay out of the kitchen on the special occassion.

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      Sweet and Spicy Brownie Bites

      Spice up your romantic evening by adding a dash of ground ancho chile pepper and ginger to these bite-size treats. A dusting of cocoa powder and ground cinnamon sweetens the brownies.

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      Strawberry Crepes

      Whether as a sweet Valentine's Day dessert, or a way to wake up on February 14, DIY crepes are a delicious way to celebrate the day.

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      Grapefruit Olive Oil Cake

      Pound cake gets a pink Valentine's Day makeover thanks to fresh grapefruit. The peel of the tart ingredient is used to flavor the deliciously dense cake, while the juice helps create a tangy syrup that complements the dessert's crunchy sugar topper.

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      Jelly Dougnut Cake

      Take a love of doughnuts to the next level. Layers of luscious cream filling and ruby red jam between soft yellow cake mimic your sweetheart's favorite breakfast treat.

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      Mini Chocolate Cakes

      We can't think of a better way to say "I adore you" than with one of these sweet mini cakes. Homemade white chocolate curls surround the cakes, giving them the panache your valentine deserves.

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      Love Note Cupcakes

      Scrawling a love note in frosting is a sweet way to celebrate Valentine's Day. Start with a mix for German chocolate cupcakes, and top off the dessert with one (or all!) of our three frosting recipes.

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      Coeurs a la Creme with Apricot Sauce

      Chilled in a heart-shape mold, this luscious French dessert is tailor-made for Valentine's Day. Each bite of the creamy sweet gets bright hints of fruit flavor from apricot sauce and raspberry liqueur.

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      Hot Cocoa Brownie Cake

      This stunning Valentine's Day dessert starts with a brownie mix. Rich chocolate glaze is the first upgrade, followed by puffs of marshmallow-coffee frosting.

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      Mini Raspberry and White Chocolate Whoopie Pies

      We love this simple twist on whoopie pies, and your valentine will, too. Soft sugar cookies sandwich tangy raspberry preserves and white chocolate-mascarpone filling for an irresistable dessert.

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      Baked Raspberry Custards

      Show your love with a dreamy cup of vanilla custard. Sprinkle in raspberries or strawberry slices before baking these sweet, fruity bites.

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      Red Velvet Heart Cake

      Bake a heart-shape cake for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day. Rows of almonds, raspberries, maraschino cherries, and icing stripe this chocolate-frosted red velvet cake for a sweet and romantic treat.

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      No-Bake Truffle Treats

      Dote on your valentine with candies that look oh, so charming but are finished in about a half-hour. With four flavors, one (or more) is sure to make your holiday sweeter.

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      Vanilla Dessert Sandwiches

      Get to the heart of your valentine with a decadent dessert. Light and delicate, this sandwich cookie is crisp, but the filling is soft and sweet.

      Editor's Tip: Use tiny heart-shape cookie cutters to make the cutouts. A few drops of red food coloring will tint the filling pink. Or substitute chocolate frosting for the filling.

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      White Chocolate Cheesecake with Triple-Raspberry Sauce

      Your valentine will be smitten with this delightfully rich white chocolate cheesecake recipe. Raspberry sauce covers the dessert with dramatic red valentine flair.

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      One Step for Creamy Cheesecake

      The secret to cheesecake is knowing the right moment to pull it out of the oven. Let us show you how to make the perfect cheesecake this Valentine's Day.

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      Double-Chocolate Mascarpone Raspberry Pie

      Fresh raspberries, bittersweet chocolate, luscious mascarpone, and rich whipped cream pile into a flaky crust for this over-the-top Valentine's Day dessert. Top off each slice with a dollop of homemade white chocolate whipped cream.

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      Lemon Macarons with Cranberry-Mascarpone Filling

      Creamy mascarpone cheese fills these tender cookies with just the right Valentine's Day flourish. Tart cranberries and tangy lemon peel add a subtle tangy kick.

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      Raspberry Eclairs

      Exquisite is the only word for these raspberry-filled delights. As elegant as this special Valentine's Day dessert looks, the pastries are surprisingly easy to prepare, bake, and fill.

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      Red Velvet Cheesecake

      Red is the color of Valentine's Day, but the taste of this luscious dessert recipe is all chocolate. This elegant cheesecake marries red velvet flavor with a creamy twist.

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      White Chocolate and Jam S'mores

      Share some gooey goodness this Valentine's Day with a marshmallow treat. This childhood favorite gains sophisticated style with homemade chocolate graham crackers, fruit jam, and white chocolate melting against the toasted marshmallows.

      Editor's Tip: Cut heart-shape designs in the graham crackers using small cookie cutters.

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      Raspberry Velvet Melange

      This airy chocolate-raspberry dessert offers a light bite at the end of your Valentine's Day dinner -- and it takes just a few minutes to prepare.

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      Chocolate-Cherry Stack Cake

      Creamy layers of cherry-flavor frosting between each tier of rich chocolate cake will make your Valentine's Day unforgettable. Chocolate-covered cherries are a gorgeous topper.

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      Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes

      The romance of chocolate-covered strawberries takes a delightfully elegant turn in this luscious Valentine's Day dessert recipe. Upside-down cupcakes are smothered in rich ganache and topped with fresh strawberries.

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      So-Easy Chocolate Ganache

      Ganache is a delicious way to top off tons of Valentine's Day desserts, and it's easier than you think.

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      Choco-Berry Tartlets

      You and yours will go mad for the sweet and creamy chocolate-raspberry-coconut blend that fills these moist tartlets. Serve the Valentine's Day dessert with espresso or Shiraz.

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      Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Brownie Cookies

      This Valentine's Day, look to a classic flavor combination to please your sweetie. You can't go wrong when you fill crispy peanut butter cookies with sweet jam and chocolate.

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      Chocolate-Ancho Creme Brulee

      Spice things up after your Valentine's Day dinner with this luscious creme brulee recipe. Ground ancho chile pepper and cinnamon add subtle kick to creamy chocolate.

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      Romantic Dinner Recipes for Two

      Whip up a homemade romantic meal for Valentine's Day with our handpicked recipes for two. We've adjusted the serving sizes for each recipe so you can have just enough to serve a relaxing, at-home meal for two.
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