The spooky season is officially upon us and we are counting the days until Halloween.
Besides being a good time to scare yourself with all your favorite horror movies, it’s also a good opportunity to indulge in some seasonal snacks.
Whether you’re looking for something to hand out to a ride or healers or just want to whip up some delicious treats for a horror movie marathon, there’s something for everyone.
Here are our favorite Halloween recipes from TikTok and Instagram.
1. Vegan Skeleton Gingerbread Men
Give the Gingerbread Men a spooky upgrade in time for Halloween.
This recipe is from the Instagram account of vegan chef Mairi Rivers aka @gingervegan.
To make the cookies, start by melting 7 ounces of sugar, 7 ounces of vegan butter, 6 ounces of golden syrup, three quarters of a cup of soy milk and 4 teaspoons of ginger, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, one half a teaspoon of nutmeg, and a quarter of a teaspoon of whole cloves in a large saucepan.
Bring your mixture to a boil and add a teaspoon of baking soda.
Once you’ve taken it off the heat and mixed well, it should foam and bubble.
Let it cool, then add 1 pound of regular flour and a teaspoon of salt. Stir them in and mix until it becomes a paste, then refrigerate for an hour.
When your hour is up, roll out the dough about a quarter of an inch thick and use a gingerbread person cookie cutter and place it on a lined baking sheet.
Bake them for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
Once cooked, remove them from the tray and transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
All that remains is to use a pastry bag and a little icing to decorate them like little skeletons.
This next sweet treat comes from food blogger and Instagrammer Kim, aka @kickassbaker.
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and line a 13 x 9 inch pan with parchment paper.
Then whisk a third of a cup of cocoa powder and half a cup of boiling water in a large bowl until your mixture is smooth.
Add a quarter cup of chocolate chips and continue to whisk until the chocolate is melted.
Now stir in 4 tablespoons of butter and two-thirds of a cup of vegetables. At this point, your mixture may start to look curdled, but don’t worry.
Add 2 large eggs, 2 egg yolks and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Keep whisking your mixture until it is well combined.
Then add 2 cups of sugar and whisk until completely incorporated. Then add 1 and three quarters of all-purpose flour and a teaspoon of salt.
Take a rubber spatula and mix until well combined.
Scrape some butter into your lined pan and pour in three-quarters of your brownie batter, reserving a quarter to use later.
In another bowl, combine 8 ounces of cream cheese and a quarter cup of sugar and beat until creamy. You can do this using a stand or hand blender.
Once done, stir in a large egg and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract until well combined.
To make it even scarier, add 5-10 drops of orange gel food coloring and mix until well blended.
Remove it from the bowl and place it on top of your brownie batter that’s already in the tray, filling in the spaces with the rest of the batter you set aside.
Take a knife to swirl the two on top, then bake for 25 minutes.
Once they’re ready, carefully transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to cool for an hour.
3. Ghost brownies
Are you looking for ideas to decorate your brownies once baked?
TikTok user James Lamprey has the perfect suggestion for making ghost brownies.
With melted chocolate in a pastry bag, draw a face on a marshmallow and use cream cheese frosting to tie your marshmallow head onto your slice of brownie.
4. Halloween Frankenstein Krispies
While krispie rice cakes may be everyone’s favorite treat, Annabel Karmel shared an easy way to give them a Halloween makeover on her Instagram account.
To make these sweet treats, start by lining a square pan with parchment paper.
Add 1.5 ounces of brown sugar, 1.5 ounces of gold syrup and 2 and a half ounces of butter to a saucepan over medium heat and mix until melted.
Then add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1.5 ounces of white chocolate chips and a pinch of salt and keep stirring until smooth and add a few drops of green food coloring.
Now add 2 and a half ounces of krispy rice and mix everything until well coated.
Transfer your mixture to your tray and make sure they are even and level before refrigerating for one to two hours.
Once cool, you can cut them into bars and decorate them by melting 3 and a half ounces of plain chocolate to drizzle with hair and use dark frosting to make your mouth and eyes.
5. Mini Halloween Caramel Apple Pies
This recipe by TikTok user @italian_foodaholics uses only six ingredients.
Start by peeling three apples, remove the core then cut them into thin slices.
In a saucepan over medium heat add 3 tablespoons of butter and three tablespoons of brown sugar, stirring your mixture.
Once stirred, add your apple slices and stir until well coated before adding a tablespoon of cinnamon.
Continue to stir and cook until all the water evaporates from the pot.
Then roll out puff pastry and cut out 12 circles. On six of them, cut out Jack-O’-Lantern expressions.
On a lined baking sheet, place the apple mixture over the remaining six before placing the pumpkin carving-inspired dough on top.
Use a fork to push the top and bottom together and brush with egg wash.
It only remains to cook them for 10 to 15 minutes at 370 degrees or until golden brown.
6. Mom Dogs
You’ve heard of hot dogs, but what about mummy dogs?
TikTok user @thechicishchic shared his brilliant scary take on the snack.
You can use any hot dog you prefer and will need a croissant roll as well.
You just need to cut the croissant roll into thin strips and wrap it around your hot dog like a mummy, leaving a few spaces.
Place them in the oven for 9-12 minutes at 375 degrees.
Once cooked, you can add candy eyes for an extra spooky touch.
7. Peanut butter spider cookies
These cookies from food blogger and Instagram user @kuuipovea aren’t just adorable, they taste great too.
In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 and three-quarters cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of salt. Once done, set it aside.
Take an electric mixer and the paddle and use it to cream together 4 ounces or room temperature butter, half a cup of smooth peanut butter, half a cup of granulated sugar, and half a cup of light brown sugar.
Then add 1 large egg, 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and beat your mixture until well combined.
Take your dry ingredients and add them gradually, mixing well as you go.
Once this is combined, refrigerate for an hour.
While it cools, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet.
Once your dough is ready, form one-inch balls and roll them in a little more granulated sugar before placing them two inches apart on your baking sheet.
Place them in the oven and bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until very lightly browned and puffed. Press down lightly in the center of each with the back of a spoon or spoon and allow them to cool.
While they are cooling, melt chocolate chips and place them in a pastry bag or plastic food bag and cut off a small wedge.
Poach a little chocolate in the center and place a chocolate truffle on it before placing 8 legs in the center to create your spiders then let the chocolate harden before serving.
8. Sandblasted mummies
Another simple recipe, this from Instagram user @doctorbowl has just three ingredients.
Start by preheating your oven to 390 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Then add a cup of blanched almond flour and two and a half tablespoons of maple syrup to a large bowl and mix well.
Once your dough is ready, pour it onto a sheet of baking paper and add another sheet on top and roll it out until it is no more than a quarter of an inch thick. .
Cut your dough into circular shapes, then place it on your covered sheet of paper and bake for 25-35 minutes or until light brown in color.
Once cooled, sprinkle with melted white chocolate to achieve the mummy effect.