Candy Cookie Bars

Are you staring at your dining room table littered with colorful wrappers of candy, candy, candy! Before you throw it all away, transform your leftover chocolate candy into the world’s sweetest cookie!

Whether you are trying to get rid of excess candy you purchased for Trick or Treaters, or trying to minimize your child’s loot bag, Candy Cookie Bars are the tastiest and easiest way to reduce your candy supply before it goes to waste.

These cookie bars are basically the Halloween kitchen sink of cookies. It doesn’t matter what chocolate candy you throw into the batter, it will always taste good. Imagine the ooey gooey-ness of Snickers caramel, the creaminess of Reese’s Peanut Butter and the crunch from M&M’s. Each bite is a taste of your favorite candy bar surrounded by a soft cookie shell.

For this recipe I used KitKat bars, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers and M&M’s. Simply chop all chocolate candies and stir into the batter. I’ve learned if you are using 3 or more types of candy, you should use a rectangular or square baking dish to create a cookie bar rather than traditional cookies.

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Candy Cookie Bars

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: beginner
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Ingredients:

1 ½ cups flour

¾ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 stick of butter, softened

½ cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown sugar

2 teaspoon vanilla

2 large eggs

3 cups chopped chocolate candy

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9×9 baking dish.
  2. Chop chocolate candy bars into bite size pieces. Note: Leave M&Ms whole.
  3. In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, cream granulated sugar, brown sugar, and softened butter. Mix in vanilla and eggs.
  4. Slowly mix in flour, baking soda and salt until combined. Use spoon or baking spatula to hand fold candy pieces into batter.
  5. Press batter into baking dish. Press leftover candy pieces into top of batter.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.

These Candy Cookie Bars are delicious any time of the year, not just following Halloween! Experiment with different types of candy bars until you find your favorite. If you have a craving for something extra sweet and chocolatey, throw leftover candy into brownie batter. Here are some of my favorite flavor combos if you aren’t interested in kitchen sink Halloween candy cookies:

Brownies + Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup

Chocolate Chip Cookies + Heath Bars

Peanut Butter Cookies + M&M’s

Peanut Butter Cookies + Snickers

Brownies + Almond Joy or Mounds Bars

If you have another candy + cookie flavor combo, share it with me in the comments! Hope you enjoy these simple sweet treats.

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