Halloween Recipes

History of Halloween Recipes and Deserts

In modern times Halloween is celebrated by dressing up in costumes, door-to-door trick-or-treating, carving pumpkins, and creating a spooky atmosphere via spooky music, cobwebs, statues of ghosts, goblins, witches, bats, tombstones and more.

However Halloween's history dates back to ancient times when the Celtics marked the end of summertime and the beginning of the harvest season with a celebration. Traditionally falling on October 31st or November 1st, years ago Halloween also marked the Festival of the Dead, the day the Celtics believed the spirits of the dead visited earth on their way to the Land of the Dead.

While Halloween customs have evolved over the years, the tradition of celebrating the harvest season and the theme of the supernatural have remained, and these very themes are reflected in the array of Halloween recipes and foods popular today. From conventional apple cakes and pumpkin pies to whimsical and spooky-looking cakes, deserts, and toppings, there are Halloween recipes to satisfy every pallet and to enhance any party.

Mummy Cupcakes

A perfect fit for the theme of the day and a great holiday desert, Halloween "mummy" cupcakes are mini black-and-white cakes reminiscent of an embalmed corpse, but not as scary. The cupcake itself is chocolate flavored, made from cocoa powder dissolved in hot water to bring out its rich flavor. For an authentic mummy look, line muffin tins with white cupcake liners; the cupcake icing is, of course, white. You can choose a white confectioners sugar frosting or a fluffy marshmallow icing, made from a mixture of marshmallow fluff, corn sugar, dried egg whites, and vanilla. Add some spooky edible eyes made from piping gel or from candies, and your Halloween mummy cupcakes are ready to rise up from the dead and be devoured.

Chocolate Spiders and Meringue Ghosts

These favorite Halloween deserts are great for trick-or-treats and for good old family fun! You'll get right into the Halloween mood with meringue cookies filled with holiday candies, or with chocolate macaroons made to look like spiders. Top off all your Halloween cookies and cakes with royal icing for a hard and smooth finish, sprinkle with black and white edible sparkles, or with ghosts, goblins, and bats made from fondant icing or piped gels.

Pumpkin Recipes

Nothing says Halloween more than pumpkin! There are hundreds of pumpkin baking recipes, including pumpkin spice cakes, muffins, breads, pies, cheesecakes, scones, and more. Many pumpkin recipes call for pumpkin puree or pure pumpkin. You can make homemade pumpkin puree from your Halloween pumpkin, or you can buy canned pure pumpkin. Note that if you use store-bought pumpkin pie filling, you will need to adjust your recipe since the latter already contains sugar and spices.

To make your own pumpkin puree, use Cheese pumpkins, Sugar Pie pumpkins, or Baby Bear pumpkins, which are sweeter and less fibrous varieties. Cut pumpkins in half, scoop out the seeds and string fibers, place face down on a greased or non-stick baking sheet and bake until easily pierced with a knife (approximately 45 minutes to an hour). Puree the cooled pulp in a food processor until smooth - and voila! Your pumpkin puree is ready for baking.

When the whiff of baked pumpkin fills the air, your house will become a magnet for guests and trick-or-treaters, so prepare to double your Halloween recipes, or you can bake treats in advance and freeze them until the big day arrives.

Fall Recipes

Any type of harvest or fall baking is befitting for Halloween. In your favorite recipe books, magazines, or on the Internet, look up recipes for apple cakes and apple crisps, spice cakes, or any deserts flavored with ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.

Halloween Cheesecakes

Yes, the all-American New York-style cheesecake is now dressed up for Halloween! A desert fitting for the holiday or for any fall celebration or dinner party, Halloween cheesecakes are delicious plain or topped with raspberry sauce, strawberry sauce, or a refreshing blend of fresh berries. Halloween cheesecakes are comprised of a crushed graham cracker or wafer base, topped by the cheesecake batter.

For the Halloween touch, these cheesecakes feature a chocolate cobweb design on top, made from melted chocolate piped through a piping bag with a small plain tip. The cobweb design is created by drawing inner and outer circles with piped chocolate and then joining these circles with a series of chocolate lines. Against the white cheesecake background, these Halloween deserts are eye-appealing and taste-bud pleasing!