It’s time to (pumpkin) spice things up in the kitchen with these kitschy-cute nostalgic pumpkin spice peanut butter dirt cakes!

It’s Halloween time again and anyone with a sweet tooth is gearing up for basketfuls and armloads of sweet treats. This week, we have a nougat candy bar recipe that’s topped with a decadent chocolate drizzle. These homemade candy bars are sure to please Halloween night revelers! They’re also great for including in little goodie bags for friends and coworkers.

Caroline Wright teaches Alejandra Ramos how to make peanut butter caramel with sugar, water, cream, and Smooth Operator peanut butter to use as coating for apples. The peanut butter adds a smoother, silkier texture as well as a delicious, nutty flavor to the caramel. The apples are rolled into chopped peanuts after dipping but you may also use or add other confections like chocolate chips, crushed candies, or coconut flakes to roll them in.

Forget trick or treat… these plump homemade doughnuts are all treat, with their combination of fluffy pumpkin-spice yeasted dough, sweet peanut butter pudding filling, and a bright orange pumpkin glaze. To transform them into jack-o-lanterns for your Halloween party, all you need is a couple of tubes of black gel icing and a steady hand.

The first time I had heard of “buckeyes” my coworker, originally from Ohio, offered me one during that mid-afternoon lull. I was drearily working away at my computer when she asked if I wanted an Ohio treat. I was immediately taken with cute little confectionary, named after the buckeye nuts that drop from Ohio buckeye tree. Like a peanut butter cup on steroids (more peanut butter to chocolate ratio!) I immediately knew that I wanted to take them up a notch by making them with The Heat is On and Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Sure they don’t look like the traditional buckeye, but theses sassy treats are a delight both to the eye and to the mouth.

These buckeyes aren’t the traditional buckeye candies, as they use a combination of The Heat is On and Dark Chocolate Dream peanut butter. The addition of cream cheese helps mellow out the sweetness of the candy (a trick I learned from the guys over at the Baked bakery in Brooklyn) and bind the peanut butters together. I used a little coconut oil to give the dark chocolate a nice snap as well as subtle hint of vanilla for the chocolate coating, but feel free to use butter in its place if you don’t have any coconut oil.

Growing up, my mom’s no bake cookies were one of my favorite treats. This version is based on her basic cocoa no bake cookie, but they’re bumped up a bit with some peanut butter flavor and pretzel “spider legs,” making them a perfect Halloween treat.

If you’ve never tried to make cream puffs before, this recipe is a great excuse to play in the kitchen. They’re easier than you think. There are a couple of tricks that will help your cream puffs transform into light, airy balls of buttery dough. First, when you add the flour to the hot milk mixture be ready to stir – and don’t stop until the dough comes together and pulls from the sides of the pan. Another key that your dough is done cooking is the thin film that forms across the bottom of your pan. The other trick is to make sure that your dough isn’t too wet or too dry. Add the egg in parts. When the dough is the perfect consistency, it will just barely flow away from the beaters.
I still get a little excited every time I pull baked cream puffs out of the oven. Once you make your first batch, you’ll know exactly what I mean. This is so fun to make for any upcoming autumn events, including Halloween parties!

There are probably foods out there that aren’t improved by being served on a stick, but none come to mind at the moment.

But which one is the most fun to serve around Halloween? My vote goes to these peanut butter cookies on a stick. They’re part trick, decorated to look like pumpkins–but they’re even more treat, with a rich, cakey texture and rich, peanut buttery flavor that is far more delicious than any fun-size candy bar could ever hope to be.

Though these are the perfect kid-sized cupcakes, they’re decadent enough for adults. Their light and fluffy texture ensures that you can serve these cupcakes with confidence knowing that they’ll please even the pickiest of eaters. I took these gluten-free, refined sugar-free treats to share at a meeting of people who don’t have any diet restrictions and got a thumbs-up from everyone. The secret is to cream the butter and palm sugar by adding the sugar very slowly and letting it incorporate between additions.

Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting