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Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

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This recipe is not dairy free. It was published before Simply Whisked went dairy free, but I have chosen not to remove it as a reference for incoming traffic. Feel free to swap dairy free substitutes for the ingredients to make it dairy free.

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Halloween. This past summer/fall has gone by so quickly, and now I’m leaving on Friday to be with my hubby in Kazakhstan. But, not before I get to be around for one of my favorite holidays. I have always loved Halloween. I love dressing up in costumes, eating candy and watching scary movies. Okay maybe not really scary movies – I’ve sworn them off for good, but I love a good thriller or cheesy scary movie. If you’re in the mood check out one of my all time favorites – The Bad Seed.

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And while you’re at it, whip yourself up some of these Halloween candy cookie bars with some leftover candy (or from your trick-or-treat stash that was intended for the kiddos). They’re the perfect excuse for eating all of that candy, and they’re fun to make. You get to mix all the different kinds of candy together in one yummy treat. I used peanut butter cups, butterfingers, snickers, kit kats and milky way bars. You can use any candy you want, but I would suggest staying within the chocolate family.

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Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1½ cup quick-cooking oats

For the topping:

  • 10-12 frozen fun-sized candy bars, roughly chopped (keep chopped bars refrigerated until ready to use)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 14-ounce can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish – set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer *affiliate link, beat butter, egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Add the salt, flour, pecans and oats one at a time until incorporated.
  5. Spread dough evenly into baking dish.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. While bars are cooling, melt butter and chocolate chips with the condensed milk in a large saucepan *affiliate link.
  8. Pour melted chocolate mixture over cookies bars and top with chopped candy bars.
  9. Place pan in refrigerator and allow chocolate to cool.
  10. Cut into bars before serving.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker.

  • Reply
    Cheryl Hurley
    October 30, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    YES! I’ve sworn off horror films too.. The last I went to was Paranormal Activity 3 when O and I were first dating (would NEVER have seen such an awful movie otherwise, ha!) and I had creepy flashbacks late at night for weeks – months! But anyway, I love this idea! We have this giant bag of mini candy bits, but apparently now there’s this huge storm coming through. And if we eat through the bag piece by piece.. we’ll slowly gain pound by pound.. 🙂 Might as well make good use of them in one fell swoop! Have a save flight over to Kazakhstan! We’re flying to Mexico the next day – you might still be flying when we board our flight!

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      October 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      First of all, watching movies that you don’t really like – it’s what everyone does when they first start dating! Second, I heard about the big storms on the news tonight. That stinks. Stay safe and dry – and safe travels to you two as well 🙂 Enjoy Mexico! (PS I’m jealous that you are going to a tropical place and I’m going to [almost] Siberia!)

      • Reply
        Cheryl Hurley
        October 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

        But think of the stories you’ll have to tell! 🙂

  • Reply
    JC
    October 31, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Hi. Step 4 says to add the remaining ingredients until incorporated. This would imply adding the butter, chocolate chips, candy, and condensed milk to the base which isn’t what you want.

    • Reply
      Melissa Belanger
      October 31, 2013 at 10:33 am

      I’m sorry. I should have made that more clear. I went back and reworded it, but you were right – that is not what we want! Thanks for the heads up!

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