5 recipes to help you use up your leftover Halloween candy. Snicker’s Cheesecake Brownies, Snicker’s Cookie Bars, Heath Bar Cookies, Oatmeal Peanut Butter Jar Cookies, and Reese’s Cheesecake Bars are great recipes to use up your extra Halloween candy.
Having leftover Halloween candy is a really good problem to have. One of the perks of being a parent is getting to loot your kid’s Halloween candy after a night of trick-or-treating. We have a rule at our house that they can go crazy on Halloween night. The next day they are allowed to keep one or two pieces of candy and then I confiscate the rest. I pull out the things that I can use for baking and get the rest out of the house (i.e. I send it work with my husband).
Mini candy bars are great to have around to uplevel simple recipes. Add chopped candy bars (Snicker’s is my favorite, but Milky Way, Heath, Twix, Reese’s, Baby Ruth all good) to brownies, in place of chips in your favorite cookie recipe, or add some to a frosted cupcake. You can’t really go wrong, it all works.
1. Snicker’s Cheesecake Brownies – I made these decadent Snicker’s Cheesecake Brownies for Peapod, and they were gobbled up as soon as I was done taking their beauty shot. Theses brownies are not super sweet and the cheesecake adds just enough tang to balance the sweet Snicker’s pieces. I like the crunch that the peanuts from the Snicker’s add to these brownies. These hit all of the high notes – sweet, salty, crunchy, and chocolate.
2. Snickers Cookie Bars – These are so easy your kids can make these on their own. These bars are sweet and salty (my favorite) and have just enough crunch from the peanuts. This recipe is a keeper.
3. Heath Bar Cookies – These cookies are divine, but the key is that you have to let them cool completely before you eat them. I know how tempting it is to eat one straight out of the oven but resist the urge. The Heath pieces need to cool and harden again, until they do they just aren’t great. But when they are cool, they are nothing short of amazing.
4. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Jar Cookies – Are you recycling a gift if you use leftover Reese’s to make a cookie jar? I’m going to go with no on this one. You can make a few of these jars using different candy bars. Snicker’s would be great or Milky Ways.
5. Reese’s Cheesecake Bars – Creamy, salty, tart, peanut butter-y goodness. These are incredible. I love these to bring to a party because you have to make them ahead of time. They need to set up in the fridge to get the perfect, velvety texture that you are after.
There you have it, 5 recipes that you can use to bake up delicious treats using leftover Halloween candy. What do you do with leftover candy? Inquiring minds want to know.