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Halloween Candy Bar Cookies

My kids loved trick-or-treating when they were young [the cat & Robin above!]. Don’t all kids though? I think Travis was Robin [as in Batman] five times over the years. His obvious favorite. But other super heroes were popular with him too. It seems Mandy was either a princess [thanks Disney!] or candy. Yes, you read that right. She wanted to dress as candy to beg for candy! She was a Hershey kiss one year, candy dots another. And actually, she was quite cute. The challenge here in Michigan was to be able to fit warm clothes, and many years, winter coats, under the costume. Not so easy dressed as Cinderella! Initially Glenn and I would argue over who got to take the kids out, and who would stay behind handing out candy. After a couple of years in the freezing cold, rain and even once snow I told Glenn I would “let” him have all the fun! Oh, the things we mothers “have” to give up 🙂

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Trick or treating hours are limited where we live, normally 6:00-8:00 pm. They were out the door at the starting bell and never wanted to return home until the porch lights went out. They would get quite a heavy bag of “loot”. I vividly remember them coming in the door, claiming a table, a couch or a bed [dogs=floor off limits] to dump it all out so the sorting could commence. Chocolate in one pile, chewy sugary ones in another, trading between them and “rejects” went to Glenn and I. We would allow them to eat a few pieces that night, they never seemed to want to gorge on it. They would eat a few pieces here and there over the course of the next week, and then it would be forgotten. Huh?? Never could understand that one. They would be at school and I would be the one “gorging” on all those bite sized morsels! After a few years of tossing bags of candy in the weeks before Christmas, I decided to remedy that. I began making these candy bar cookies.

candy bar cookies

They’re basically just a “toll house” dough with chopped pieces of favorite candy bars [2 cups or so] mixed in opposed to chocolate chips. The results are pure yum! After the first year of making these cookies, they became expected. The kids would actually set aside their choices for the cookies during the post trick or treating candy sorting. These are definitely a family favorite, as everyone gets to pick their favorite chocolate candy bars to add to the dough. Believe me when I say Starburst and Skittles do not make very good cookies. 😉

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2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 – 2 1/2 cups chopped candy


•Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, set aside.

•In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

•In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with both sugars. Mix at medium-high speed until light and fluffy.

•Add eggs one at time. Mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla.

•Gradually incorporate dry ingredients into the butter mixture. When well combined, fold in the chopped candy bars.

•Place heaping tablespoonful scoops about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 11-14 minutes until lightly browned, rotating sheets about half way through.

•Cool on wire racks. Store in airtight container. Makes about 4 dozen [3″ diameter].

candy bar cookies


  1. Oh, how I remember those Michigan Halloweens! Either we were swimming in our costumes because it was warm and Mom had planned for cold, or, the costumes fit fine — over our Winter coats. Then there were the rainy nights when nothing could be done. Clever idea to use the excess candy in cookies. I’ll always take a good cookie over a piece of candy, hands down.

    • So true! I don’t have many memories of perfect weather for trick or treating. This year we were rewarded with mild temperatures yet lots of wind & rain…ugh. Glad my kids are grown. 😉 We really enjoy these cookies – all but a few were shared with others this time around. I guess I’ll need to make more soon!

  2. LoPie

    Oh yum! I’ll be making and sending some across the street. You should see the huge candy pile KH brought in last night! Btw love love the pics. Beautiful happy children❤️🎃

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