Remaining Candy Cookies

A simple chocolate chip cookie recipe is used to use up leftover Christmas sweets. Chewy and bursting with flavor! The leftovers may also be used in my leftover Halloween candy bark.

Trick-or-treating is frowned upon at my age. I’d definitely be jailed if I dressed up as Batman and went door to door asking for food. At the absolute least, I’d be chastised and have doors slammed in my face. Instead, I remain inside and let the older kids do the heavy lifting.

So I simply relax on my couch and watch horror movies while a large bowl of candy sits idle nearby, ready to be delivered to superheroes and princesses. I aim to have a good variety of chocolate candy (with and without peanuts), fruity candy, chewy candy, and hard candy on hand.

It irritates me that I can’t throw out handmade sweets because parents are terrified about razor blades and poison, but that’s what I’d want to do. But I’m afraid I can’t. So I purchase large bags of different sweets and distribute them in return for a cheerful, Trick or treat!

Quick story of a trick or treater

I had to tell you a tale about Halloween this year. A small girl dressed as Jasmine from Aladdin approached my door and respectfully requested for five pieces of candy to give to her group of friends who are too nervous to ask.

I let her choose the candy, and she thanked me and said, “Happy Halloween!” before walking up to her pals and handing them each a piece. She was accompanied by five pals and did not even eat a bite for herself.

She didn’t have a bag, didn’t have any chocolates in her pockets, nothing. Her precious tiny spirit just melted my icy, dark heart.

Hence, the leftover candy

Yet, thanks to that nice young kid, I ended up with a lot of leftovers. Alright, so, it was because I over overestimated the amount of candy I needed for the youngsters in the neighborhood. I wanted to get that candy out of my home, but because Halloween happened on a Friday this year, I’d be stuck in the house until Monday with it all, I needed to devise a strategy.

I knew I couldn’t get rid of it entirely, but I could get rid of part of it by injecting it into baked products.

It’s really easy. Cut and smash the candy before combining it with some cookie dough and baking it. A typical chocolate chip cookie recipe just has to be tweaked slightly to accommodate for the increased sugar in the candy. Just cut down on the granulated and brown sugar and you’re ready to go!

What kind of candy should I use?

You may use whatever kind of candy you choose. Hershey’s chocolate bars, Mr. Goodbars, Butterfingers, Crunch Bars, KitKats, and so on.

But you don’t want to utilize whatever candy you have left in your bowl; chopping up Starbursts and tossing them in won’t provide the greatest results. I try to stick to chocolate sweets with no soft nougat and caramel that can be diced up without adhering to the knife.

Anything gooey needs chilled dough

If you have those little, square, snack-sized Milky Ways, you can place one in the centre of the cookie and wrap the dough around it, which is very tasty. Just be sure to put the dough in the fridge for a few hours to firm up before putting it in the oven, otherwise it will melt all over the place, which you don’t want.

Can I do this for other holidays?

Without a doubt! You could do this after Christmas or Easter, but you’d wind up with a different taste combination (for example, peppermint during Christmas, when a chocolate cookie could be even better mmm!).

This is a terrific way to use up some of your leftover Halloween candy without plopping down on the sofa, covered in wrappers and chocolate all over your face. The individuals that live with you will be grateful.

Leftover Candy Cookies

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Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 12mins
Total Time: 22mins
Servings: 18cookies
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An easy way to use up leftover holiday candy using a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe. Chewy and chock-full of flavor!


  • Baking sheets
  • Nonstick silicone mat
  • Parchment paper (precut)
  • Cutting board
  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Stand Mixer
  • Hand mixer
  • Cookie scoops
  • Wire cooling racks


  • 3snack size Mr. Goodbars, finely chopped
  • 3snack size Kit Kats, finely chopped
  • 3snack size, Hershey’s bars, finely chopped
  • ½cupM&Ms
  • 1 ¼cupsall-purpose flour
  • ½teaspoonbaking soda
  • ½teaspoonkosher salt
  • ½cupunsalted butter, softened
  • ½cupgranulated sugar
  • cuplight brown sugar, packed
  • 1large egg
  • ½teaspoonvanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with a non-stick silicone mat and set aside.
  • Chop up your candy bars as small as you can and pour into a small bowl, candy dust and all. Set aside.
    3 snack size Mr. Goodbars, 3 snack size Kit Kats, 3 snack size, 1/2 cup M&Ms
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
    1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • In a large bowl using a stand or hand mixer, cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar.
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • Add egg and vanilla, mix until well combined.
    1 large egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Add chopped candy bars and M&Ms and stir until combined. If you feel like the dough has gotten too warm, wrap it in plastic wrap and toss it in the fridge for a few hours to let it firm up again. Okay, don’t actually toss it – you might knock a carton of milk over or something.
  • Using a medium-sized cookie scoop, place dough onto prepared baking sheet an inch apart.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges start to turn gold.
  • Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then move them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 128mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg


What can I do with leftover candy?

How to Use It in the Kitchen:
Put it in the freezer. Add it to milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream, and basic cookie dough all year.
Make it into cakes.
Make your own trail mix.
Bring it to the Thanksgiving dinner table.
It goes well with wine.
Create your own flavored vodka.
Add chocolate to your coffee.
Maintain a supply in your handbag.
More to come…

What can you use old cookies for?

These are five creative uses for stale cookies.
Combine them in a milkshake. Better than milk and cookies…
Prepare a cookie crust for the pie. PIN IT. …
Combine them with chocolate bark. PIN IT. …
Improve your brownie recipe. PIN IT… Create your own cookie butter. PIN IT.

What can I do with leftover Halloween candy donations?

Give it to a good cause.

A variety of charities will take unopened sweets. Try Treats for Soldiers, a program that allows you to give your candies to troops serving overseas. You may also ask local charity and food banks whether they take unopened sweets.

What do stores do with leftover Halloween candy?

Some of those slightly worn treats will be in the castoff pile only days after they arrive in trick-or-treat bags, bound for a second life at food banks and other charity outlets.

What to do with candy you don t want?

Bring extra candy to the workplace, donate it, or leave a goody bag for the mailman. You’re sure to find someone else who wants to eat it! Bake it or play with it. Instead of sugar, add chopped up or melted candy bars to your next batch of cookies or brownies.

How much money is wasted on uneaten candy?

“Every year, Americans toss away around $400 million in uneaten candy from trick-or-treating.” That’s a lot of food thrown away. Yet the solution is simple: instead of giving out sweets that kids dislike (sugar corn, anyone?) give free delicacies that they do.

Can you eat 2 year old cookies?

Packaged items (cereal, pasta, cookies) will be safe beyond the ‘best by’ date, although they may grow stale or acquire an unpleasant taste. When you open the packaging, you’ll notice whether the food has degraded in quality. Many food dates allude to quality rather than safety.

How do you reuse cookies that are too sweet?

A number of ways to do with too sugary cookies: Crumble them and sprinkle on top of pudding or ice cream. Smash them to produce a pie crust, then fill with something less sweet, like cheesecake.

How long are leftover cookies good for?

Bakery or handmade cookies may be kept at room temperature for two to three weeks or in the refrigerator for two months. Cookies keep their quality in the freezer for eight to twelve months.

Who collects candy after Halloween?

Soldiers’ Angels organizes Treats for Troops, a Halloween candy collecting initiative that gives help, comfort, and resources to the troops, veterans, and their families. The candy is then distributed to military men and veterans. After Halloween, Project Gratitude also welcomes candy contributions.

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