Cheerios and Chocolate Halloween Treats

by Marla on September 29, 2010 · 68 comments

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Halloween pumpkin sharped treats and dessert

I do not usually post two days in a row, but in this case it is worth working double time, triple time, over time to bring you treats. Halloween is sneaking up very quickly & even though the temperatures are soaring over here we are celebrating Fall in a big way.

The folks over at General Mills & Betty Crocker are hosting the Big G Halloween recipe party. The recipe needs to include a Big G cereal. Since I don’t do the sugary stuff the choice was obvious –  Cheerios would be my super star ingredient. I am a former graduate of the Cheerios University. What kid in the 70’s & 80’s didn’t live on Cheerios?

Halloween pumpkin sharped treats and dessert

I combined  these salty, savory little O’s with chocolate, dates & almond butter and put the mixture in silicone pumpkin molds. They are  tartelettes meet cookie kind of treats. They have a nice crumb and are topped with a creamy ganache. Eat with a fork or hold in your hand. Hello yum & hello fun!

Halloween pumpkin sharped treats and dessert

As you guys know I am a big fan of Scharffen Berger chocolate so I melted up a bunch of that to give these treats a elegant twist. I like to use darker chocolate of at least 62% Cacao Semi-sweet or 70% Cacao Bittersweet. You could use milk chocolate or even white if you prefer. As long as it’s melted and you can put in in your cute molds then use what you like. It’s Halloween, just have fun!

Pre School boy wearing Cheerios Tee shirt

While perusing around Micheals the other day I stumbled upon very cute Silicone Pumpkin Molds from Wilton and had to grab one. You will be seeing me use these a lot on the next month for baked and no-bake goodies.

Halloween pumpkin sharped treats and dessert

What I love about this dessert idea is that there is minimal mess, hardly and preparation and it is no bake. Quick & easy. Other than melting some chocolate and taking out the food processor this is a no brainer.

It is also not the most guilt ridden treat out there. I tried to stick with my somewhat healthy ingredient list. The crust/dough is made from pulverized dates, almond butter and Cheerios. I have done a similar crust like this before, you might remember my No Bake Chocolate Pecan Tarts.

Halloween pumpkin sharped treats and dessert

Have you ever used Cheerios in a recipe?

Cheerios and Chocolate Halloween Treats

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 tarts

Cheerios and Chocolate Halloween Treats


  • 1 1/2 cups Cheerios
  • 1/2 cup pitted coarsely chopped Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 cup Natural Almond Butter
  • one 9.7 ounce bar of Chocolate
  • 1/4 cup light Coconut Milk or Heavy Cream


  • Add Cheerios, dates, salt and almond butter to your food processor. Combine well for about 45-60 seconds until you have a fine meal. The "dough" should stick together when you pinch it.
  • Ganache
  • Carefully melt your chocolate in the microwave or in a metal bowl over a simmering pot of water (bain marie.) Take chocolate off heat when melted and add coconut milk or cream. Combine well until creamy and smooth.
  • Assembly
  • Place Cheerios or press bits of dough into the faces in the molds (eyes, nose & mouth) Carefully cover face with a few spoonfuls of chocolate ganache - each pumpkin should be filled about 1/3 with ganache. Put in the refrigerator or freezer until firm, about 20 minutes. Press Cheerios mixture firmly into the molds (over the chocolate) until you have reached the tops of the pumpkins. Chill again in the refrigerator for at about one hour. Gently remove Cheerios Chocolate tarts from the molds.


  • Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice or chai spice to your chocolate or dough mix.
  • If you don’t have Cheerios you can try grinding another unsweetened cereal in your food processor.
  • Instead of dark chocolate, use milk or white chocolate.
  • Instead of almond butter you can try peanut butter, sunflower seed butter, pecan butter, etc.
  • Add some extract to your chocolate for added flavor: peppermint, orange, coconut, etc.

Big G Halloween Recipe Links

*Family Fresh Cooking Full Disclosure: I am submitting this recipe to General Mills/Betty Crocker as content for the homepage of for Halloween. Betty Crocker in partnership with Big G, are looking for fun, creative Halloween treats using their popular Big G cereal brands. As a participant, they are sending me a $50 gift card. The thoughts, recipe and photos are property of Family Fresh Cooking and are original content of Marla Meridith.

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1 Cathy/ShowFoodChef September 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Marla, I’m amazed. My middle son, who is an adult FireFighter, still eats at least 2 bowls of Cheerios a day – it’s a family inside laugh with us how much cereal he eats. I’m SO going to make these and surprise him. Thanks for the post.


2 Chicago Cuisine Critique September 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Yum! These look awesome. :)


3 Rosa September 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Those look so cute and delicious! A great Halloween treat.




4 Jen @ How To: Simplify September 29, 2010 at 2:41 pm

These are so creative! I love them! What a great idea!


5 Jessica @ How Sweet September 29, 2010 at 2:45 pm

These look incredible Marla!


6 FoodFitnessFreshair September 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

These sound so good. I love Scharffen Berger too. Definitely my favorite baking chocolate. Making me crave some chocolate right now!


7 Maria September 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Too cute!


8 theUngourmet September 29, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Such a wonderful way to enjoy a healthy treat. I was definitely a Cherrios kid in fact, I seem to remember having a Cheerios tee also. I’d love to make these with my kiddos. Thanks for the fun Halloween treat idea!


9 Jenny Flake September 30, 2010 at 5:57 am

These really are absolutely adorable and I can practically taste them. Great post girl!


10 maggy@threemanycooks September 30, 2010 at 5:59 am

These are so cute – and look absolutely delicious!


11 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking September 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

These are so cute, Marla! And yes, even though I was more a kid of the 90’s, I did – and still do – have one bowl of Cheerios every day. It was a habit my mom grew up with and passed on down. She even kept them in a little baggy in her purse if I was feeling “peckish”, and I have no doubt I’ll do the same for my future kids!


12 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 30, 2010 at 9:46 am

omg! I love this one! Great job! All of my favorite ingredients! I’m tweeting this now!


13 Anja @ AnjasFood4Thought September 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

That is such a cool idea. My kids live off Cheerios too, or whatever looks like them and is even healthier.
Me, being a German, hardly knows about Halloween. But my son has been thinking about his dress-ups for the past few weeks. Therefore, no way for me to avoid it. Will try and make these for Halloween!!!


14 Anja @ AnjasFood4Thought September 30, 2010 at 10:15 am

In fact, I just thought about it, there will be good for my marathon training too. One more reason to make them even earlier!! Thanks for sharing.


15 FoodontheTable September 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

So cute! I haven’t eaten Cheerios in ages, but this looks like a great way to start.


16 My Man's Belly September 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Too cute Marla!
These treats would surely be a hit in the kids’ classrooms too. The teacher’s would even approve since there’s not a lot of sugar in them.


17 Anna Johnston September 30, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I love Halloween inspired cooking, such fun – even for big kids :)


18 Marla September 30, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Anna: You are so right, these treats are perfect for big kids too. My hubs can’t get enough of these tarts. When you use a really good chocolate it ups the gourmet factor. You would never know those are Cheerios in there. They blend so well with the Almond Butter and sweet dates.

Anja: Love that your son is getting all ready for Halloween and you guys don’t even celebrate it in Germany. So cute! He still deserves his treats, right??!!


19 A Canadian Foodie September 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Good job making a fairly healthy nutritious and boo-tiful treat, Marla! I love cheerios in homemade nuts and bolts. Not at all healthy with all of the butter poured over the mix, but soooooo yummy.


20 Katrina October 1, 2010 at 4:28 am

This recipe is awesome! I heart Cheerios :)


21 Sara October 1, 2010 at 4:52 am

I love Cheerios & Chocolate too!!! you sons t-shirt is too cute!!!


22 Amanda October 1, 2010 at 5:14 am

What a fun idea! The pumpkins are too cute and that shirt too! great job :)


23 angie October 1, 2010 at 5:53 am

These look so cute! My husband loves cheerios, and I just found those new chocolate flavored cheerios, too good.


24 Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food October 1, 2010 at 5:58 am

A lot of us American “kids” who grew up in the 50s also got seriously stuck on Cheerios. I still love the darned things, straight out of the box. And I’d love these treats of yours any old time of year. Easy, quick, fun, and boo-licious!


25 Jennifer (Savor) October 1, 2010 at 6:32 am

Girl, do creative juices flow out of your pores?


26 Heavenly Housewife October 1, 2010 at 7:05 am

Oh wow, this is too fabulous. I love the flavours and actually even though its child friendly, its kind of an awesome grown up treat too. I am bookmarking this one!
Have a wonderful weekend.
*kisses* HH


27 Angie's Recipes October 1, 2010 at 11:42 am

A very innovative chocolate pumpkin treat!


28 Amanda October 2, 2010 at 5:33 am

You are genius! What a simple yet elegant yet YUMMY idea!! Great pictures too!!


29 Jennifer @ Maple n Cornbread October 2, 2010 at 6:47 am

These are SO SO cute and I love how healthy they are!!!!! YUM!


30 Kim October 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

You are so creative with your Cheerios!

I actually swung by Michael’s at The District the other day and picked up some of the “autumn molds.” Now you’re inspiring me to do more with them than collect dust.



31 Mary October 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

Oh, these are so great! Adorable… and healthy? Perfect!

You have such a lovely site; I’m so happy I found you!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls


32 deeba October 2, 2010 at 10:36 am

These are just amazing…wow! Love them!! Love how well you used those fun molds!


33 Lori @ RecipeGirl October 2, 2010 at 10:50 am

These are very cute!


34 Joanne October 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I have so many memories of throwing cheerios all over the kitchen floor when I was little. Good stuff. These look like fantastic treats for halloween!


35 peabody October 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

What a fun idea for Halloween!


36 Heather @ Multiply Delicious October 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I love these! So cute! And they sound super yummy. Cheerios are pretty popular in my house and I love that these are healthy little treats. Can’t wait to give these a try for my munchkins. Thanks Marla!


37 Gina {} October 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I’m not much of a baker myself, I am one to always change a recipe, but that doesn’t always work with baking. These look delicious and healthy at the same time. And your trip to Betty Crocker looked like a blast!


38 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 3, 2010 at 5:14 am

Marla, what a clever idea for Halloween and I’m amazed how easy it is! It looks much harder than that! :)


39 Marla October 3, 2010 at 5:37 am

Nigella: You are right, these treats could not be simpler to prepare and they do taste like so much “more” effort has been put into them. Simple & quick when we don’t have the time or desire to measure flour, sugar, baking powders etc.


40 shelly (cookies and cups) October 3, 2010 at 6:06 am

This sounds totally doable!! and very cute too! I bet my kids would love them :)


41 food-4tots October 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

Who can say no to these tarts!! They are definitely the best halloween treats for kids! 😉


42 bunkycooks October 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

What a fun treat for Halloween! I think they are pretty healthy…dark chocolate and Cheerios…that counts in my book!


43 Robyn October 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm

These look yummy, Marla. Perfect for a quick treat for the family.

Can’t wait to meet you next week at BlogHer Food!


44 Elina (Healthy and Sane) October 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Wow, these looks FANTASTIC! I love desserts with a thick ganache topping like that and a crunchy bottom. Good luck with the contest. You’d have my vote :)


45 sophia October 3, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I hate cheerios. Never got why ppl like that. But THIS?! Holy crap. Marla, you would make puke look delicious. You truly have a gift with food 3x.


46 Andrea DiGeronimo October 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

I just watched somebody make treats similar to this last night. Unfortunately the ingredients for the bottom were oats, corn syrup and crisco. Now you created a healthy, yummy, and innovative alternative that won’t pollute everybody. Love it! The pumpkin shapes are adorable! xox, andrea


47 Andrea DiGeronimo October 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

Your son is so handsome and getting so big… I can’t believe it! I want to hug him and I want his t-shirt too.


48 Marla October 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

Andrea: I am sure my little guy would be willing to share his tee shirt but not his Cheerios Tarts. Miss you girl! You gotta move back to the OC so you can help me test our new recipes.


49 Lentil Breakdown October 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm

This sounds delish for adults too!


50 Faith October 5, 2010 at 7:19 am

These are so cute, Marla! I would love to make them with my niece…she would have so much fun with them! That outfit our son is wearing is adorable!


51 Dani October 5, 2010 at 7:52 am

These look great! Any idea what olther kinds of molds/pan would work?


52 Kathryn October 5, 2010 at 12:58 pm

What a fun treat! That would be the perfect entry for our Halloween Recipe Contest! You can read all about it here. I hope you decide to enter it!


53 tasteofbeirut October 12, 2010 at 5:00 am

My kids used to be major cheerios fans; eating boxes and boxes of the stuff; wish I had this recipe then! Love your crust recipe, I could eat that alone!


54 Paula October 12, 2010 at 7:10 pm

O! O! O! for these incredible looking Cherrios tarts. Fantastic idea. Seeing as it contains cereal I’m betting they are a good breakfast item too!


55 DIane {} October 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Great recipe! Loved seeing your recipe featured on Betty Crocker’s website :)


56 Casey June 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm

What a cute treat! Any other ways to do it without dates? We’re not big dates or raisin people over here 😉


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