Halloween Candy Cookies

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Halloween candy cookies are the ultimate way to repurpose all of your leftover Halloween candy. These cookies have a chewy, buttery cookie base and are adorned with a medley of colorful and decadent chocolate candies.

Each bite is exciting, as the candy chunks melt into the tender, golden-brown cookie, creating the perfect blend of sweet and salty. These cookies are a great way to transform your candy surplus into a spooky indulgence, and they’re guaranteed to leave you craving more.

Cookies stacked up on a platter with candy in the background.

Before We Start, Let’s Gather Our Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups chopped chocolate candy (plus more for topping – optional)

Tip

Use a variety of Halloween candies like M&Ms, Kit Kats, Twix, and Snickers. The colorful and flavorful assortment of candy will make each bite a fun and festive surprise.

Be wary of candy bars with a lot of caramel or nougat in them. They melt substantially and can run out of the cookie during baking. It makes a big mess and the cookies aren’t that attractive.

A cookie cut in half to show the candy on the inside.

Here’s How to Make the Dough for These Halloween Candy Cookies

1. Preheat Your Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to a wickedly warm 350°F (180°C). This will ensure your cookies bake to perfection.

2. Cream the Butter and Sugars: In a large mixing bowl, combine the room-temperature butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Use an electric mixer (or some good old-fashioned elbow grease) to cream them together until the mixture is light and fluffy. This might take a few minutes, but trust me, it’s worth it.

3. Add the Egg and Vanilla: Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until the mixture is well combined and smooth. The vanilla adds a delightful depth of flavor, and the egg provides structure to the cookies.

Cookies in a black speckled tin with candy in the background.

4. Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt. This dry mixture will be added to the wet ingredients, giving our cookies the perfect texture.

5. Mix it All Together: Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix; we want our cookies to be tender, not tough.

6. Candy Transformation: The star of the show is the chopped chocolate candy. Fold it into the cookie dough until evenly distributed. You can use a variety of Halloween candies like M&Ms, Kit Kats, Twix, or Snickers. The colorful and flavorful assortment will make each bite a surprise.

Cookies stacked up on a white platter with candy nestled with them.

How to Bake the Cookies

7. Scoop and Space: Use a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop and scoop dough onto your baking sheets, leaving some space between each cookie. This allows them room to spread and bake evenly.

8. Top with More Candy: For a truly spooky and decadent touch, press a few extra candy pieces into the tops of each cookie. This step is optional, but it makes them look irresistible and adds an extra burst of candy goodness.

9. Bake to Perfection: Pop your cookie sheets into the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until the edges turn golden brown. The centers should still be slightly soft; they will continue to cook as they cool. The cookies puff up slightly during baking, but will settle as they cool.

10. Cool and Enjoy: Let your Halloween Candy Cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This is the hardest part—waiting! But trust me, it’s worth it. Once they’ve cooled a bit, grab a glass of milk and savor your sweet, spooky creations.

TOOLS YOU’LL NEED

Tips and Tricks for Halloween Candy Cookies

  • Variety is the Spice of Life: Don’t be afraid to mix and match your leftover candies. Combining different textures and flavors can result in a truly magical cookie experience.
  • Freeze for Later: Cookie dough freezes beautifully. You can scoop out portions of dough onto a baking sheet, freeze them, then transfer to a zip-top bag for quick and easy cookie baking whenever a craving strikes.
  • Presentation Matters: These cookies are perfect for Halloween parties. Place them on a spooky platter or in a witch’s cauldron for an extra eerie effect.
Cookies stacked on a platter with candy nestled with them.

What you’ll love about this recipe

  • Spectacular Flavor Variety: With a mix of different chocolate candies like M&Ms, Kit Kats, Twix, and Snickers, each bite offers a unique combination of sweetness, creaminess, and crunch. You’ll love the surprise of every mouthful.
  • Fun and Festive Aesthetic: These cookies are as visually appealing as they are delicious. The vibrant, colorful candy toppings make them the perfect addition to any Halloween celebration. They look like a party on a plate and instantly set a festive mood.
  • Effortless Repurposing of Leftovers: When you find yourself with an abundance of Halloween candy, these cookies offer a creative and fun solution. Instead of letting your candy stash go to waste or get hard and stale, you can turn them into a tasty homemade treat.
  • Simple to Make and Customize: Making halloween candy cookies is a breeze. The recipe is straightforward, and you can easily customize it with your favorite leftover candies or seasonal treats. Whether you prefer a classic chocolate chip-style cookie or want to experiment with different candy combinations, these cookies are versatile and forgiving. Literally, anything goes!

Halloween Candy Cookies are a fantastic way to make the most of your post-Halloween candy stash. With a few simple ingredients and a touch of kitchen magic, you’ll have a batch of delicious cookies that will leave you craving more. So, don’t let those candy leftovers haunt your pantry any longer—bake them into something spectacular! Happy Halloween, and happy baking, my friends.

Halloween candy cookies stacked up on a platter with candy.

Halloween Candy Cookies

By: Kristine Underwood
Halloween candy cookies are the ultimate cookie for repurposing all that leftover Halloween candy. These cookies are a buttery, vanilla-infused cookie base, adorned with a medley of colorful and decadent chocolate candies.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sweets & Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 237 kcal

ingredients
 
 

  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cup flour (unbleached)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cup chocolate candy (roughly chopped)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium size bowl, cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar together with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy.
    1/2 cup butter, unsalted, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup sugar
  • Beat in egg and vanilla extract and mix for another minute.
    1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, and sea salt together in a separate bowl.
    1½ cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • Add flour to wet ingredients, half at a time, mixing with a rubber spatula until just combined.
  • Using a 3 TBS cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
  • Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in airtight container for up to 1 week or freeze.

Notes

*Make sure to read the cookie baking tips to get answers to common questions about baking cookies.
**The nutrition facts for these cookies will vary based on the candies you use. Please note, it is only an estimate and is not guaranteed.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 157mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 223IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 1mg
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  1. The kids and I had the best time baking these cookies! And they came out great. Very chewy and chocolatey (we used only chocolate candy bars – worked great). Highly recommend!5 stars

    1. This makes me so happy, Michelle! That’s my favorite way to make these too, specifically with Reeses and Twix haha! Thanks for the recommendation!