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

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Candy Bar Cookies Recipe

4 from 2 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


  • 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


  • 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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  1. Okay so this is the first time I’ve read your blog, sorry to be so late to the party, but I love how it’s written “by” Lily, such a clever way to write.

  2. Morning:
    These look so yummy that I will have to try them for sure. Another idea is what about cutting up the candy and freeze them in serving size baggies. And the suckers can be broken up with a hammer and frozen too for stained glass cookies. Have an awesome Sunday!

    1. Thank you, Tanya. My mom was happy to get rid of the candy and my favorite candy is Milky Ways that’s why I put lots of those in there. 🙂 Love,Lily

  3. I love your costume!! You looked so cute!! I love the Chocolate Bar too!! I go there for my birthday every year and sometimes in between. Thanks for the delicious cookie recipe!!

    1. Thank you, Crystal! So glad you like The Chocolate Bar. We like to go there and dance under the disco ball. Love, Lily

  4. Miss Lily we have our cookies in the oven as I type. Just wanted to let you know that we wouldn’t have made cookies today had it not been because of your post. My family thanks you soooooo much.
    Hugs and Kisses,
    The Richardson’s
    Can you believe Ms. L didn’t get one pack of M&M’s! And we separated our candies and just put them on the top of each cookie. That way each person could pick their favorite. The last patch was one of all the crumbs and guess what, it was my favorite!

    1. Good idea to let everyone pick their favorites and put them on top. I would have put Milky Ways and M&Ms on mine for sure!! Maybe Hershey’s Kisses too!! Love, Lily

  5. Lily, you have a very smart mommy! She must be a good mommy because she makes great cookies, too.

  6. How many cookies does this recipe make? Wondering if I should double it? Making these with my girls tomorrow.
    Thank you Lily!!

  7. This is the second time that I have made these in one week! I am finally making a dent in the candy stash from Halloween! I left out the butter and used just oil, and it is still delicious- thanks so much for the timely post!

    1. SO glad it was a hit – it’s a simple and delicious recipe that definitely helps get rid of the Halloween candy. 😉

  8. 5 stars
    I’d give this recipe a 10 if I could! My friend was going to throw her leftover halloween candy in the garbage, so I said I would take it and make cookies or something with it. Boy am I glad I did! I loved the cookies so much that I bought a bag of fun-size candybars and made more! So addicting! I used smashed butterfingers, cut up milky way, snickers, twix, rolo, peanut butter cups, m&ms and chocolate chips. The dough looked really soft and I thought they would spread too much, but they were perfect as long as you don’t bake too long. I let them sit on the pan a little while after taking out of the oven for crisp outside and chewy inside. I think this is my go-to cookie recipe now!

  9. These cookies are wonderful! My kids and I are baking them right now, and they loved choosing all of their favorite Halloween candies to add! Thanks for the delicious, fun, and easy recipe!

  10. 3 stars

    I just recently stumbled on your blog and tried the halloween candy recipe. I love the recipe however my Batch came out way too CRUNCHY, not as soft as i expected. The only in my baking was i left them in the Oven longer as i have an old oven and i used some different candies. Any help would be appreciated!!


    1. Usually that’s do to being baked longer or sometimes, I notice if ingredients are a little old, they turn out a little harder. Maybe it was because you left them in longer?