Halloween is easily my favorite holiday. I love all the spooky fun, excessive amounts of pumpkin bread, going all out on a costume, and it goes without saying, that I LOVE the candy. And Halloween is the one time of the year where it is perfectly acceptable to pound mini kit kats with no judgment. Orrrr you can chop up all that candy and mix it into a chewy, buttery, delicious halloween candy cookie bar.
You know those little jack-o-lantern candy buckets that kids carry around on Halloween? Well growing up, my house had one of those year round AKA “the candy bucket.” To this day, it has a never ending supply of candy in it and is magically replenished whenever it’s running low.
I can still picture the frisbee eyes on my elementary school friends when they came over to my house for the first time and discovered the candy land we lived in compared to their sugar free homes.
The weird thing about having candy around us constantly was that it meant we didn’t feel the need to binge on it, because it was always available. So, while other kids were scarfing down all their candy on October 31st, I’d have two or three pieces and dump the rest in the candy bucket for a later date. Like breakfast tomorrow maybe 🙂
It also meant we always had a lot of leftover candy. And sometime my mom would want to use all that candy up to free up some space for more candy. Thus halloween candy cookie bars were formed.
What kind of candy should you use for Halloween Candy Cookie Bars?
Any kind of candy ! This recipe is super adaptable so really whatever you have on hand will do! We had a variety bag of Halloween candy for all the neighborhood kiddos so we used Twix, Snickers, Kit Kats, M and M’s, Reeses, and a handful of candy corn. Simply unwrap all your leftover candy, chop into bite size pieces and fold into your blondie batter!
Tips for making the best cookie bars:
DO NOT OVER MIX YOUR BATTER: Just don’t do it, okay? When you over mix your dough, you build up more gluten which leaves you with a dry, and tough cookie bar. Not what you want, right?
Use a variety of candy: It’s fun to use all different kinds of chocolate bars for variety and different textures!
Don’t over bake: You’ll want to take these out when they’re still gooey in the center to prevent drying out!
Follow these tricks and you will have the best halloween candy cookie bars ever.
Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl whisk together the butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix well.
In a separate bowl stir together the baking powder, salt, and flour. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and fold together until just mixed and no clumps of flour remain. Stir in the chopped candy pieces. Do not over mix. Transfer to the prepared pan, spreading out so that the bars are even.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the brownies are golden brown and set on the edges and have puffed up. The middle will still be pretty doughy, but they will continue to cook as they cool!
Once the blondies are cool, cut into 16 squares and enjoy!
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