These leftover Halloween candy cookie bars will put all of your leftover candy to good use. The thick cookie bars are the best vehicle for all that leftover candy!
When it comes to Halloween, there is no such thing as too much candy. It is the one day of the year when you can eat candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even after a candy-filled day, you are sure to have some leftovers, which is where these cookie bars come into play. They are the perfect treat to use up all of that leftover candy.
LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN COOKIE BARS
If you love cookies and candy, you are going to love these leftover Halloween cookie bars. They basically take the base of your favorite chocolate chip cookie and replace the chocolate with loads of Halloween candy. The bars allow you to get all of your favorite candy pieces in one big bite, making it so you don’t have to choose between all of your favorite candy.
These cookie bars are overloaded with candy in the best way possible. The bars have a very neutral base, allowing the candy pieces to be the star of the show. Because of that, you can customize the bars in any way you like. Go crazy with chocolate, add peanut butter cups, or experiment with whatever is left in your trick-or-treating bag for a fun surprise.
The key to getting these bars a little gooey, like your favorite cookie, is underbaking them in the slightest way. Right when the edges of the bars start to turn a nice golden brown, take them out of the oven and let them cool. As they cool, they will finish cooking and turn gooey on the inside. It may seem a little counterproductive to take the cookie bars out of the oven a little early, but it will make it so they have the perfect texture.
INGREDIENTS FOR LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY BARS
- Butter – melt the butter when adding to the dough.
- Brown sugar – will keep the bars nice and moist.
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Chocolate candy bars – any kind of candy will do.
HOW TO MAKE LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY BARS
Preheat the oven to 350F and prepare an 8×8 pan with cooking spray. Set to the side.
2. ADD DRY INGREDIENTS
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set to the side.
3. ADD WET INGREDIENTS
In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar and salt. Then add in the egg and vanilla extract, mixing to combine. Gradually add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix until fully combined. Do not overmix the batter.
4. ADD CANDY
Fold in the chopped-up candy pieces into the batter and add the dough to the prepared pan.
5. BAKE AND ENJOY
Bake the pan in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, until the edges are just golden brown. Let the bars cool on a wired rack and cut into squares.
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER HALLOWEEN CANDY BARS
The bars will last about a week in an airtight container. You can keep them in the fridge to make sure they last longer. The chocolate will also stay intact and won’t melt if refrigerated.
The bars will also freeze very well, allowing you to extend the life of your Halloween candy even longer. Slice the bars into squares and wrap them in plastic wrap. Place them in the freezer, where they should last about 2-3 months.
Any kind of chocolate candy will be best in these bars. The chocolate candy will act just like chocolate chips in a chocolate chip cookie.
Of course! These bars can be made year-round with whatever kind of candy you have on hand. You can make them seasonal with other types of holiday candy as well.
Yes! These bars are a great base and will be an excellent vehicle for other treats too. Add in Oreos, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or any of your other favorite treats to make these bars stand out!
MORE COOKIE BARS TO ENJOY
Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup chocolate candy bars chopped
- Preheat your own to 350F degrees and coat a 8×8 pan with cooking spray.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar and butter together until combined. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Gradually add in the flour mixture until combined. Fold in the candy bar pieces.
- Add the dough to the pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Let the bars fully cool on a wired rack before cutting into squares.