Everyone knows that one of the best parts of Halloween, aside from the sweet costumes and scary movies, is the chance to snack on yummy treats. But while we too love our fill of store-bought candy, it’s the spooky baked goods we can’t get enough of. Neither can kids, especially the aspiring bakers featured on Food Network Canada’s Kids Baking Championship: Halloween Special.
If you and your family tune in and are looking for some Halloween recipes for kids to bake up this weekend, here are some of our best recipes and Halloween treats for kids and adults alike.
Almost everyone loves s’mores, especially when they involve a theme. Welcome to these delightfully spooky bars, which are topped with marshmallow ghosts. They’re a fun project for a cold weekend afternoon, but they’re also great to bring to a party or gathering. Especially since there’s no campfire required.
Halloween Baking Championship judge Carla Hall has been known to make a scary cake or two while in the kitchen. And this bloody delightful cake is no exception. The oozing chocolate is a brilliant use of sugar, and if you top this one with a toy hatchet or other creepy prop you can really take it to that next level.
Treasure Map Cookies
Kids love quests, puzzles and really anything that makes food a game, which is why we love these clever treasure map cookies. Customize them for your own activities or decorate them as recommended, and watch kids dig in while putting their own imaginations to work.
Halloween Sugar Cookies
Sugar cookies are always a win, whether you’re putting together goodie bags, adding decor to a themed party, or just looking for a yummy snack. But they can also be expensive, which is why it’s worth learning how to bake them yourself. Kids love decorating cookies too, which makes these cookies and the accompanying royal icing recipe a win.
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Ghost Hand Pies
Baking doesn’t need to be sweet to be delicious, and these hand pies from Molly Yeh are proof. They’re cute, easy to put together and can really be customized with whatever fillings your family prefers. Still, we think Molly’s cheesy filling is the perfect thing to indulge in when the temperature starts to drop.
Candy-Coated Donut Characters
If you have young bakers, there’s nothing wrong with skipping a step and using store-bought donuts to create these cute characters. But you could certainly bake or fry your own donuts, too. Candy melts, fondant, nuts and other candies are great to decorate with, but you could also use fresh fruit or store-bought icing to concoct your characters too.
Gory White Chocolate Truffles
These make-ahead white chocolate truffles are so cute you may have a hard time biting into them, but they’re also too tasty to resist. They’re kid-friendly and easy for smaller hands to roll together, and they can also be customized with any sugary decor that you’d like.
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Brownies are a classic and easy treat to bake with kids, but we love these fudgy brownies because they’re also topped with a creative marshmallow spiderweb and candy spiders. It all comes together in a couple of hours, so put on your favourite Halloween music and make a family afternoon of it.
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Halloween Blueberry Mummy Muffins
Transform breakfast or snack time into a memorable affair with these cute blueberry muffins decorated as mummies. A simple cream cheese frosting is easy enough to pipe overtop, while the blueberries are perfect for small hands to decorate with. Grab some candied eyes from the store and this is an easy, kid-friendly activity.
Candy-Filled Pumpkin Pail Cake
Whether you’re looking for a fun bake to do with kids or an impressive centerpiece for a Halloween table, this cake is it. Essentially you put two bundt cakes together and decorate them with all the Halloween things. This recipe calls for a warming pumpkin spice cake, but really any cake batter will do.
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