It’s easy to get on board with the sensibilities of the Parks and Rec phrase “treat yo’ self.” Who doesn’t need a day of enjoying things that are a little out of the ordinary once in a while? While Halloween may not be about fine leather goods and massages, it’s basically founded on the same principle. Only instead of your credit card taking a hit, it’s your diet.
Halloween is the ultimate cheat day, where calorie counts are ignored and balanced meals discouraged all in the name of candy and sweet treats. And most of the time, it’s for good reason—the treats are worth the indulgence, even if it means a couple more days in the gym.
From mummy brownie butter bark to dark chocolate cat cookies, we’ve found 10 easy Halloween treats that are worthy of being included in your festivities. Your Halloween crew will love the details and flavors these recipes incorporate. Face it: Your Halloween “treat yo’ self” day might look more like herding costumed children through your neighborhood instead of a chauffeured spa day and shopping spree, but these treats will prove they’re worth the tricks.
Halloween Oreo Pops
Wrap them up to give as a gift, or display them as a part of your holiday spread. This Halloween Oreo Pop recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron transforms ordinary Oreo cookies into monsters, Frankenstein’s monsters, and spiders. Once you dip the cookies in the chocolate, why not get the kids involved for the rest of the decorations?
Spooky Halloween Pretzels
If you’d like a little saltiness with your sweet treats, this spooky Halloween pretzel recipe from Half Baked Harvest will cover that craving. Whether you’d like a simple chocolate-covered pretzel rod or a chocolate Oreo pretzel owl, this recipe will help you accomplish it. The best part? They’re a hoot.
Rice Krispies Mummies
This three-ingredient Rice Krispies mummy recipe from Creme de la Crumb proves there are never too many mummies at the Halloween table. All the recipe calls for is premade Rice Krispies treats, white melting chocolate, and black piping gel. One bite and you’ll be in “sugar overload heaven.”
Mini Chocolate Bat Bites
With only four ingredients, these mini chocolate bat bites from Chelsea’s Messy Apron are as simple as they are sweet. Using mini Reese’s cups as the base, the recipe calls for broken Oreo cookies adhered with cream cheese frosting to act as bat wings. Finish them off with candy eyes, and you’ll have created the sweetest bat there ever was.
Totoro Cheesecake Bars
This healthier I Am a Food Blog recipe for pumpkin cheesecake bars channels the appearance of the Japanese anime character Totoro. To do so, the cheesecake bars are dusted with powdered sugar right before they are served and finished up with some icing piping and candy eyes. Of all the pumpkin treats, this one might be the cutest.
Mummy Brownie Butter Bark
While these mummies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron are nowhere near as opulent as King Tut’s tomb, they are sure to satisfy any chocolate fan. To make them, cover brownie bark with melted white chocolate as the base of the gauze layers. Once it’s all hardened, pipe some other bandages with white chocolate and add a couple of eyes. These mummies aren’t resting—they’re ready to party.
Dark Chocolate Cat Cookies
Whoever said to watch out for black cats crossing your path never tried these cookies from Sugar Salted. The dark chocolate–dipped sugar cookies combined with festive sprinkles and candy eyes will be adored by cat lovers and haters alike. Just be sure to pick out the purrfect cookie cutter.
Monster Rice Krispies Treats
These little Rice Krispies monsters can be as minimalist or complicated as you’d like to make them. The recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron says to dip premade Rice Krispies treats into colored melted chocolate and add candy eyeballs and some sprinkles. They might even look like your favorite monster from Monsters, Inc.
Monster Mash Cookies
Transform simple vanilla bean sugar cookies into cute but ghoulish monsters in this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. While you cover each cookie with frosting and candy toppings, their core taste will stay true to their base. There may be some crumbles, but each bite will come with some buttery sweetness, too.
Turn your Milano cookie into a mummy through this recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. Simply dip your cookie into white melted chocolate, and once that’s hardened, drizzle some more chocolate on top. Add a pair of black pearl sprinkles for eyeballs, and all that will be missing is a warm cup of coffee.