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The best thing about Halloween is leftover candy, of course, but sometimes you want something a little more — or a little different — from just a candy bar stolen from your kid’s pumpkin bucket.
Here’s a fun way to get the kids to hand over some of their loot and to get to eat it, too, in a way that somehow feels a little less dreadful than eating all the Kit-Kats left in the bowl over the course of the next week.
These leftover Halloween candy cookies start like regular cookies but instead of chips and nuts you toss in chopped up candy. It’s super easy, fun for kids and adults alike and surprisingly yummy.
- 1 and 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 stick of butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- about 1 cup chopped leftover Halloween candy (anything chocolate, but I think M&Ms are a must)
Enlist the kids to hand over some of their candy. You might want to make a sign so other people don’t eat the candy if you do the sorting earlier in the day than the baking, like we did.
This is a totally basic cookie and unfolds in the usual way.
First, mix the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.
Cream the butter with the sugars and the vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
Add the egg and beat until thoroughly mixed.
Drop cookies from spoons or use a cookie scoop. A Silpat or parchment paper isn’t a bad idea.
Bake for about 10 minutes (mine actually took 11, but they’re kind of big) and allow to sit on the hot cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before putting on a cooling rack. They’ll be brown around the edges but not really dark on top when they’re done.
I got 19 good-sized cookies out of this little recipe, which you could easily double if you want more cookies or have kids more willing to give up candy.
What do you do with your Halloween leftovers? I’d love to hear your thoughts, especially if they involve how to get all these packs of Twizzlers off my hands.