Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Halloween Cookie BArs

If your house is anything like mine then I am sure once the kids are done with their trick-or-treating you’re left with about 4 tons of candy in the house. Why not take some of that delicious chocolate and turn it into Halloween Candy Cookie Bars! They are easy to pull together, so delicious and fun to make with the kids since they can choose their favorite add-ins.

I came across this recipe on The Today Show website, you can find the original recipe right here . It did not specify what size pan to bake the cookie bars in so I went with a 9X9 square pan lined with parchment paper. The baking time listed, 45-50 minutes, was about right. Just watch them to make sure they do not over brown and get burnt, test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center. It should come out mostly dry with a few moist crumbs adhered to it.

For the add-ins, use whatever chocolate you have on hand and feel free to use a mix as well. In my cookie bars I used toffee bits, M&Ms® and chopped up Milky Way®, Kit Kat®, 3 Musketeers®, and Snickers® bars. I added a few mini chocolate chips on the top too! They were delish!

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups assorted Halloween chocolate candy, chopped

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Chop the Halloween chocolate candies into bite-size pieces. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine both sugars and the melted butter. Mix until the sugars and butter lighten in color, about 6-8 minutes.

Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix. Then add in the salt and flour and mix until everything is well combined.

Stir in the Halloween candy and then spread the cookie batter into a 9X9 pan that is lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 45-50 minutes.

Allow to cool and then cut into squares.

Halloween Bark

Halloween Bark2

Inevitably Halloween will bring a surplus of candy into your home so why not pick out a few of your favorites and make some Halloween Bark! It’s super easy to do and your kids will have so much creating their own chocolate concoctions. You will find many variations of this recipe online but they are all similar. All you need is a pan, some plain chocolate and assorted Halloween candy which can be anything from gummy worms to broken up bits of candy bar. I also like to add some spooky eye candy to my bark, it gives it a little extra Halloween flare!

For the chocolate, I like a nice bittersweet chocolate as it offsets the sweetness of the other candies that are mixed in but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. You can either melt down plain chocolate candy bars from your kids trick-or-treat bag or use a bag of chocolate chips, both will be perfect in this recipe. Once your chocolate is topped with all of the goodies and has hardened, use a knife to break it up and enjoy! Happy Halloween!!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of chocolate (dark, milk, bittersweet, etc)
  • 2 – 2.5 cups of assorted Halloween candy

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat®.

Over a double boiler, melt down the chocolate until smooth.

Pour the chocolate onto the baking sheet and using a spatula, smooth it into an even layer about 1/4″ thick. Top the chocolate with the assorted Halloween candy.

Place the tray into the refrigerator for about 35-40 minutes or until the chocolate has fully hardened.

Slide the cold chocolate onto a cutting board and using a knife, chop it up into large, irregular pieces and serve. Store the bark in an airtight container in a cool place.