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Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Put all that Halloween candy to delicious use and make these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars. Soft, thick cookie bars loaded with oats, peanut butter, and lots of chocolate!Β 

Put all that Halloween candy to delicious use and make these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars. Soft, thick cookie bars loaded with oats, peanut butter, and lots of chocolate!Β 

Halloween just happens to be my least favorite Holiday. Just like all kids, I loved it as a child because CANDY! Oddly enough, the candy is the very reason I dislike it so much as an adult.

We went to a few trunk or treat parties this last week and my kids got buckets of candy. Which also means that I spent all week dealing with sugar comas, sugar withdrawals, my kids not eating meals because they had already stuffed themselves with candy, and picking up candy wrappers all over the house. It does not matter where I hid their buckets of candy, they would find it!Β 

With Halloween tomorrow this whole candy frenzy will start all over again. Yay me! haha! My kids are excited and it only happens once a year so I let them have their fun. The one upside to all the candy is that I have my kids trained to give me all their Butterfingers. They make a pile for me πŸ™‚

Put all that Halloween candy to delicious use and make these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars. Soft, thick cookie bars loaded with oats, peanut butter, and lots of chocolate!Β 

Gather up all your favorites from your kids’ trick-or-treat bags! You need 2 cups of candy mix-ins so mix & match and use whatever you want.

Being a food blogger I can’t simply just let candy be candy, right?! I must make into cookie bars that are loaded with all the best in life; peanut butter, oats, and chocolate.

Put all that Halloween candy to delicious use and make these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars. Soft, thick cookie bars loaded with oats, peanut butter, and lots of chocolate!Β 

Put all that Halloween candy to delicious use and make these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars. Soft, thick cookie bars loaded with oats, peanut butter, and lots of chocolate!Β 

This recipe is adapted from one of our favorite recipes on the blog. These oatmeal chocolate chip peanut butter bars are made over and over again in our house. Loading them with candy was really a no-brainer.

Put all that Halloween candy to delicious use and make these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars. Soft, thick cookie bars loaded with oats, peanut butter, and lots of chocolate!Β 

Happy Halloween πŸ™‚ Thanks for visiting.

Serves 12-15

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Put all that Halloween candy to delicious use and make these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars. Soft, thick cookie bars loaded with oats, peanut butter, and lots of chocolate!Β 

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole-grain old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups chopped leftover candy bars

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and oats.
  • In a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and sugar until fluffy looking and light in color, 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk. Mix together well.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix just until combined.
  • Add the chopped candy bars and combine together.
  • Press the batter into the prepared pan. Press a few additional chopped candy on top of the dough for a pretty presentation.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned on the edges. The bars will still look pale and slightly underdone in the middle. That's ok. Don't over bake or the bars will be dry!
  • Let the bars cool in the baking pan for 30 minutes. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Notes

Use any type of candy you want! I also like to add about 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips too.

For pretty bars, gently press a few additional chopped candy bars on top of the dough before baking.

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Put all that Halloween candy to delicious use and make these leftover Halloween candy cookie bars. Soft, thick cookie bars loaded with oats, peanut butter, and lots of chocolate!Β 

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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Bonnie@Tastykitchenn
    November 2, 2017 at 2:25 am Pinned! These look so yummy :D
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 4, 2017 at 11:02 pm Thanks so much for the pin Bonnie :)
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    Aubrey
    November 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm Ooey Gooey goodness!! Thanks for this recipe! 4 kids made for lots of leftover Halloween candy. Will definitely be making these again next year!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 30, 2017 at 7:43 pm So good to hear this! It's always more fun making treats out of leftover candy :)
  • Reply
    Eileen
    December 11, 2017 at 9:10 am Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have made these twice and the second time was even better. This is my new favorite cookie recipe. Perfect timing for holiday cookie trays!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      December 12, 2017 at 1:41 pm You're so welcome! These bars are totally customizable, so throw any candy in there and you're good. Glad to hear you enjoy these. They get made pretty often at my house too!
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    James Garcia
    December 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm Fantastic! Just made these for christmas cookies. We still had a ton of candy left over. What a great use. They turned out well. We only had quick oats, but I don't know if I would notice the difference. I will certainly make again.
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      Together As Family
      December 13, 2017 at 8:12 pm Yay! So glad to hear you like these. I make these all the time and usually will just use chocolate chips in place of the candy mix ins. So yummy. Using quick oats wouldn't be a problem :)
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    John
    December 12, 2017 at 4:23 pm Just made these, I substituted apple sauce, flax seed for eggs, cut the sugar in half, and used chocolate chips instead of left over candy and these turned out terrible. What a bad recipe. Better luck next time.
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      Together As Family
      December 13, 2017 at 8:08 pm Hi John. Maybe you should follow the recipe next time and they wouldn't turn out so terrible. Thanks for visiting!
  • Reply
    Sarah
    January 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm These turned out great and were incredible! What an awesome idea! Thanks for the recipe!
  • Reply
    Lara
    November 4, 2018 at 5:33 pm My son gave up Halloween candy just so we could make these.... they are sooo good!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 6, 2018 at 6:40 pm Totally worth giving up candy for! Thanks for leaving your comment and so happy they were a hit.
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    Stephanie
    November 5, 2018 at 12:31 am Made these tonight and loved them! I was worried as I didn’t have any creamy PB, only natural, but they turned out great. Thanks!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 6, 2018 at 6:41 pm Good to know the natural pb works in this recipe. Thanks for leaving your comment.
  • Reply
    Jennifer
    November 12, 2018 at 7:45 pm I just made these tonight. Yum! They are so delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 14, 2018 at 9:51 pm You’re welcome! So happy they were a hit.
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    Danielle
    November 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm Hi, Do I have to use the oats or can I substitute with granola? This recipe looks amazing!!
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      November 14, 2018 at 9:45 pm I have never tried granola in this recipe so I’m not sure. I think it would work fine. Enjoy!

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