Candy Bar Cookies

Chewy and delicious candy bar Cookies are filled with all different kinds of candy—perfect for helping get rid of leftover Halloween Candy!

With so much candy leftover after Halloween it’s nice to have some tasty treats to use it all up! We love baking up these candy bar cookies, or a tasty Candy Bar Trifle, or Snickers Apple Salad.

Candy bar cookies on a white plate

Clear Out All that candy!!

After the candy binge the night of Halloween, I like to confiscate candy to give away, or use it up in some tasty treats!! With 6 kids trick or treating, we end up with tons of candy, and it’s best if I clear it out as soon as possible.

Our first go to treat is to bake up some yummy cookies filled with candy pieces. We call them candy bar cookies!! I let the kids pick out their favorites to put into the cookies, which means everyone loves them.

You can put in whatever your favorites are, but I put in M&Ms, Butterfinger, Milky Way, Twix, and Kit Kats. I put in more Milky Ways than the others because they are my favorite!! 🙂

If you still have leftover candy…

Here are a few more ideas for getting rid of it!

  • Freeze It: My brother’s wife separates the Halloween themed wrappers with regular wrapped candy. She’ll then freeze the regular candy to put in her kids’ stockings. 
  • Donate it: Operation Gratitude helps you send candy to deployed troops and first responders. Another similar group is Soldiers Angels.  
  • Dentist: Many dental practices participate in a candy buy back program. You can find a list of participants HERE. They often will then donate the candy to those who need a little boost.
  • Advent Calendar to Thanksgiving
  • Science Experiments: Find 10 experiments you can do with candy over at Science 2.0
Halloween candy on a wooden table

How to Make Them

PREP. Preheat oven to 350°F.

WET INGREDIENTS. Cream butter, oil and sugars in mixer. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

DRY INGREDIENTS. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add cut up candy and mix until all combined.

BAKE. Add to greased cookie sheet and bake for 6-9 minutes (we baked ours for 7). ENJOY!

Recipe Tips

  • When you’re using candies that have caramel in them, you risk the caramel spilling out and bubbling and sticking to the pan. To prevent candy from melting everywhere, consider freezing those candies before cutting them. This will make them easier to cut and it will prevent the caramels from melting so quickly.
  • To keep the cookies moist, don’t overmix or overbake them. Make sure to use room temperature ingredients.
  • To make these healthier, use whole wheat flour, or white whole wheat flour. If need be you can use flax eggs or coconut sugar.
Chopped up candy bars on a cutting board before mixing into cookie dough

Storing Info

Allow the cookies to cool and then STORE at room temperature in an airtight container. Placing a piece of white bread into the contier will help keep the cookies soft. FREEZE in a Freeze Ziploc, separating layers with wax paper. They’ll last for up to 3-6 months.

To refrigerate the dough, place the dough in an airtight container or wrap in plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

I’m always grateful when I have a batch of cookie dough in the freezer when I need a quick treat. To save some dough to be baked later you will want to flash freeze it first. You do this by rolling the dough into balls, place them on a cookie sheet, and freeze. Once solid transfer them to a freezer safe Ziploc and freeze for 3-4 months. 

White plate filled with candy bar cookies

For more yummy cookies, check out:

Candy Bar Cookies Recipe

4.75 from 8 votes
Chewy and delicious candy bar Cookies are filled with all different kinds of candy—perfect for helping get rid of leftover Halloween Candy!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 137 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • candy

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream butter, oil and sugars in mixer.
  • Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Add cut up candy and mix until all combined.
  • Add to greased cookie sheet and bake for 6-9 minutes (we baked ours for 7). ENJOY!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. 5 stars
    YUM! Love that we can use up all the Halloween Candy in these cookies. I’ll definitely pick out my favorites from my kids’ stash!! lol

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this very delicious and super easy to make cookie recipe! Will surely have this amazing recipe again! Highly recommended!

  3. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious cookie recipe. The dough freezes really well and bakes great after. I can’t wait to try other candy variations that the other commenters used.

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