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Candy Bar Cookies

Did you buy way too much halloween candy this year and are looking for a different way to transform it? Try these candy bar cookies for the perfect way to dump all those leftovers into the yummiest candy dessert. 

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Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays and trick or treating was my JAM as a kid. As an adult I love the fall vibes, nostalgic movies, and satisfying my sweet tooth with halloween candy. But for the longest time it always seemed like we had so much candy left over. Whether that came from the massive stash I collected from trick or treating, or just what we bought from the grocery store, and sometimes a combination of both. 

As much as we love halloween candy, sometimes you just want something a little different than eating it as is. That’s where these candy bar cookies come in, you can throw all of your favourite halloween candies into one dessert. Think of it like a delicious dumping ground or like the halloween version of a kitchen sink cookie. I personally like to use all the chocolate candy bars for this but you are absolutely free to use any candy you love! This recipe can be made any time of year, use any leftover candy you have from any holiday or event!    

Ingredients

  • dark brown sugar 
  • white sugar
  • butter 
  • eggs 
  • vanilla 
  • all-purpose flour
  • salt, baking soda 
  • candy bars of your choice 
A drying rack full of cookies with various candies on top.

How to make candy bar cookies

This recipe is pretty much just a standard chocolate chip but with candy bar pieces instead of regular chocolate. If you ever want you could totally take this recipe and use chocolate chips for the classic cookie. Start by melting the butter and adding it to your mixing bowl with the sugars. Using the paddle attachment, mix them together until everything is well incorporated and the colour looks uniform. Add both eggs and vanilla and mix again until everything is combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the mixing bowl and mix on medium-low speed until just combined. I like to mix my dry ingredients in another bowl first and then add the mixture in 2-3 parts, mixing in between. 

Chop up any larger candy bars, if you have smaller things like Reese’s Pieces or M&M’s you can just throw them into your dough. This time, I decided to split my dough in half and make one half peanut butter themed and the other more traditional chocolate themed. For the peanut butter half I used Reese’s Cups, Snickers, and mini Reese’s Pieces. For the chocolate half I used Aero, mini M&M’s, and Kit Kats on top. I put the Kit Kats on top only instead of also in the dough because in my past experience with them I’ve noticed that they kind of disintegrate and lose their crunch. Putting them on the top will allow you to preserve their fab texture.

You can also add extra candy pieces to your dough balls right before it goes in the oven or right after. This gives the cookies a prettier look and adds room for more yummy chocolate and candy. You’ll want to keep your add-ins that go into the dough to around two cups. 

Scoop out your dough using a medium cookie scoop and let chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. If you’d like to keep them in longer I’d say anything over 2 hours put them in a container in the fridge and anything over 24 hours keep them in the freezer. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350℉ and place the dough onto a lined baking sheet. I usually put 6-8 cookies on the pan at once, anything more will leave the pan overcrowded. Bake the cookies for around 8 minutes, you’re looking for golden brown edges and slightly soft centres. Add any extras to the top of the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven. I like to add a variety of different pieces so make sure you keep some extras of everything aside if you’d like to do this step. 

Let them cool for at least 5 minutes before indulging in your totally custom candy bar cookies. These things are so good and can be made in a million different ways for all the different flavour preferences. Let your sweet tooth and imagination run wild!  

A pan of final candy bar cookies.
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Candy Bar Cookies

Did you buy way too much halloween candy this year and are looking for a different way to transform it? Try these candy bar cookies for the perfect way to dump all those leftovers into the yummiest candy dessert.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time1 hour 8 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, candy bar cookies, candy bars, cookies, from scratch
Servings: 24 medium sized cookies

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups candy/chocolate of choice chopped if necessary

Instructions

  • Melt butter and add to the bowl of a stand mixer with both sugars. Mix with the paddle attachment until well combined and uniform in colour.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until just combined.
  • Remove from the stand mixer and add in your candy of choice. Using a silicone spatula or wooden spoon, gently mix in the candy pieces by hand until they are well incorporated.
  • Scoop out the dough with a medium sized cookie scoop and place onto a baking sheet. Place in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes minimum.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉. Place scoops of dough about 2 inches apart on a lined baking sheet. Bake for around 8 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Let cool and enjoy.

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