Candy Bar Cheesecake Brownies Recipe

Yield: 24 Servings/2 Dozen

Candy Bar Cheesecake Brownies

Photo by Taste of Home©


  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped assorted miniature candy bars (about 18)



  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped assorted miniature candy bars (about 10)



  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13×9-in. baking pan. In a microwave, melt butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in sugar, cocoa and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking to blend after each addition. Add flour and salt; stir just until combined. Stir in 1 cup candy bars.
  2. Spread into prepared pan. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Add egg; beat on low speed just until blended. Drop by tablespoonfuls over batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup candy bars.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until filling in center is almost set. Cool 1 hour in pan on a wire rack. Refrigerate at least 2 hours. Cut into bars.


Nutritional Facts
1 brownie: 282 calories, 14g fat (8g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
Originally published as Candy Bar Cheesecake Brownies in Halloween Bookazine 2015 2015, p92



Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

A classic goes wild!

Here’s a twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie that will leave you spellbound this Halloween.

Spider Cookies with Chocolate Chips

by Colleen Riley for Real

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies

Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Colleen Riley

Yield: 24 Cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room teperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup, plus 24, chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Beat the butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in ¾ cup of the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop mounds of the dough (about 1 ½ tablespoon each) 2 inches apart onto the baking sheets. Press one chocolate chip, pointed-side down, into the top of each cookie. Bake, rotating the sheets halfway though, until golden brown around the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Place the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and oil in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted. Dip a toothpick in the melted chocolate and draw legs around the exposed chip.


Just a Note: To make the spiders even spookier, press red Nonpareils into the chocolate chip (you may need to use tweezers) when the cookies first come out of the oven.


I want my Mummy!

Pillsbury™ Offers a Fast Easy Way to Make Halloween Tasty

Mummy Chocolate Chip cookies

Photo by Pillsbury™



  • 1 package Pillsbury™ Ready To Bake!™ refrigerated chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 container (1 lb) vanilla creamy ready-to-spread frosting
  • Neon orange and green food colors
  • Candy eyes


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Bake cookies as directed on package. Cool completely.
  2. Separate frosting into 2 small bowls; add food colors to make desired neon orange and neon green colors.
  3. Spoon colored frostings into decorating bags fitted with flat basket weave tip #45. Squeeze bag to pipe frosting in crisscross pattern over cookies to look like mummy bandages. Attach candy eyes. Let stand until set, about 20 minutes.
  4. Be creative with any color you choose to decorate your mummies. If you don’t have food color on hand, use vanilla or chocolate frosting. Don’t have candy eyes? Use miniature candy-coated chocolate candies instead.

    how to make mummy cookies

    Wrap it Up! Use colored frosting to create the “mummy” look and add candy “eyes.”

Don’t have decorating tips or bags at home? Instead, spoon frosting into a resealable food-storage plastic bag, and cut about 1/4 inch off corner of bag to pipe mummy bandages onto the cookies.

 Chocolate Chip Werewolf Cookies

 Get creative with these cookies that will leave your guests howling for more.

Werewolf Chocolate Chip Cookies

Halloween party guests will go barking mad over these Werewolf Cookies.


  • 1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury™ Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated chocolate chip cookies (24 cookies)
  • 1- 1/2 cups ready-to-spread chocolate frosting (from 16-oz. can)
  • Assorted small candies


  1. Bake cookies as directed on package. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, spoon frosting into resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Cut tiny hole in bottom corner of food storage plastic bag.
  3. Pipe frosting onto cooled cookies to resemble hair. Attach candies with small amount of frosting to decorate face as desired.



Pumpkin-Pie Parfait

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine


Yield: 6 Servings

Pumpkin-Pie Parfaits

Photograph by Andrew Mccaul


  • 13 gingersnaps, chocolate wafers or graham crackers
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons bourbon
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream



  1. Put 7 cookies in a resealable plastic bag and crush into crumbs with a heavy pan. Brush the bottoms and about 1 inch up the sides of 6 parfait glasses with the butter. Add a spoonful of crumbs to each and roll them around the insides of the glasses; pour out the excess crumbs and reserve for topping. Refrigerate the prepared glasses.
  2. Put 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, the pumpkin, 1 1/2 teaspoons bourbon and the nutmeg in a food processor. Pulse until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. Put the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at 50% power until melted, about 1 minute, stirring halfway. Add to the pumpkin mixture and process until combined. Transfer to a large bowl.
  4. Beat 1 /12 cups cream in a bowl with a mixer until soft peaks form; fold into the pumpkin mixture until smooth. Divide among the prepared glasses and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    Beat the remaining 1/2 cup cream with a mixer until foamy. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon bourbon and beat until soft peaks form. Top the parfaits with the whipped cream, reserved cookie crumbs and the remaining 6 cookies.



“Poison” Candy Apples

by Liza Jernow

Yield: 12 Apples

"Poison" Candy Apples

Photo by Tara Donne


  • 12 baby Granny Smith apples
  • 12 wooden candy apple sticks or dowels
  • 1½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. black gel paste food coloring



  1. Wash and dry apples thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet and poke firmly with dowels. Line a second baking sheet with buttered parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. Place a candy thermometer in a medium saucepan and add sugar, 3/4 cups water, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat; whisk until sugar is dissolved. Let the temperature rise without stirring until it reaches the hard-crack mark at 310 degreesF. Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove thermometer, and add food coloring.
  3. Swirl pan to mix in the color completely. Swipe and twirl the apple through the candy, shake off excess, and place on buttered baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.


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Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding

From Food Network Kitchens

Yield: 12 Servings

Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding

Photo by The Food Network© Kitchen



  • 1 package gelatin
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks (reserve 2 whites for topping)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pure pumpkin puree



  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 pinch fine salt
  • Small candy, for eyes


For pudding:

  1. Put 1 tablespoon of cold water in a large bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the surface, do not stir, and set aside until gelatins softens and blooms.
  2. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a stand mixer’s bowl above the water. Whisk milk, sugar, yolks, cinnamon and salt in a heat-proof bowl. Set the bowl above the boiling water and cook, stirring constantly with a heat-proof spatula, until mixture begins to thicken and coats the back of a spoon and almost boils, 10 to 12 minutes. Immediately remove from the heat and pour over the gelatin, whisking constantly until gelatin is completely dissolved and evenly distributed. Whisk in pumpkin until combined and completely smooth.
  3. Evenly divide mixture into 12 small 3-ounce cups (paper works fine) and refrigerate until set, about 4 to 8 hours.

For topping:

  1. Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a stand mixer’s bowl above the water. Whisk the 2 egg whites, sugar, cream of tarter, and salt in the bowl by hand. Set the bowl above the boiling water and continue whisking until the mixture is hot to the touch and the sugar dissolves, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer bowl to mixer and beat with the whisk attachment at medium-high speed until eggs hold a stiff peak, about 5 minutes.
  2. Spoon topping onto puddings in the shape of a ghost. Decorate with candy eyes and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Pie — your homebased mom

Fudgy Chocolate Walnut Pie is the perfect combo of a brownie and a pie all in one! This post is sponsored by the California Walnut Board but all opinions are my own. Are there certain foods that when you cook with them or eat them they remind of you a certain person? I am that…

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Pumpkin Cake Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frosting

By Dine and Dish  

Pumpkin Cake Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Photo by Dine & Dish

Yield: 12 to 24


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 2⁄3 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease and flour one glass 9 x 13 inch pan.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; add to wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Spread into prepared pan.
  5. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes.Remove from oven and allow to cool.


For the frosting:  Beat together the cream cheese, butter and confectioner’s sugar.
Evenly spread over bars after they have cooled.