Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bar

Following Halloween, many families are loaded with many individual packets of candy. One way to put the treats to use is this wonderful cookie dessert! 


Amelia McCrory

The finished product

Amelia McCrory, Columnist


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M’s)
  • ½ cup chopped peanut butter cups (such as Reese’s)
  • ½ cup chopped milk chocolate candy bars (such as Hershey’s)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a square baking pan (9-12 inch).
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract together in a separate large bowl until creamy. Then, beat in the egg.
  4. While beating, gradually add in flour mixture to butter mixture until batter is combined.
  5. Next, add in chopped candy to newly formed batter. Use a spatula to mix the candy evenly.
  6. Press batter into the prepared baking pan.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. 
  8. After baking, cool the dessert for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Now, with this creative and fun dessert, Halloween candy can be appreciated throughout the entire holiday season!