20 Recipes to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

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Pre-Halloween is a time when all the candy at the grocery store looks so good and somehow an impulse buy of 4 bags happens.

And those seasonal and special edition bags of candy that Target sells, don’t even get me started. Because of the ‘Limited Edition’ factor, it’s suddenly more appealing, you go into hoard mode, and buy even more.

On top of it, the 75 trick-or-treaters you were expecting really only materializes into 7 kids, 3 of which were infants-in-arms.

Whoa, you now have a lotta candy.

Whoa, I have a lotta candy recipes.

20 Recipes to Use Leftover Halloween Candy - from averiecooks.com

For the most part, the candy used in the recipes is pretty interchangeable and can be mixed-and-matched. For example, M&Ms and Reese’s Pieces are easily swapped.

Or rather than using 12 Fun-Sized Snickers bars, if you have 7, along with a few 100 Grand Bars, and some random Baby Ruth’s, you’re set.

1. Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Butterfinger Bars (GF, keep vegan by using Peanut Butter Cups instead of Butterfingers)

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Butterfinger Bars (no-bake, GF) - Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

2.  Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars (keep vegan and GF by using Peanut Butter Cups instead of Kit Kats) – This bar and the bar above are my current two favorite no-bake bars of the year

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars (no-bake) - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

3. Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars – This is probably my favorite baked bar this year

Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars averiecooks.com

 4. Milky Way Chocolate Cookie Crumble Bars – The chocolate answer to the bar above

Milky Way Chocolate Cookie Crumble Bars 

5. Double Chocolate Caramel Corn & Cocoa Rice Krispies Candy Bars (no-bake, GF)

Double Chocolate Caramel Corn & Cocoa Rice Krispies Candy Bars (no-bake, GF)

6. Triple Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Bars

Triple Peanut Butter Monster Cookie Bars - Easy One-Bowl Recipe at averiecooks.com

7. Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars – This recipe has been pinned over 100k times in 6 weeks

Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

8. Homemade Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies – Some of the best brownies I’ve ever made

Homemade Little Debbie Cosmic Brownies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

9. Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M Blondies

Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M Blondies - Fast, Easy, One-Bowl, No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

10. Loaded Fudgy Candy Bar Brownies

Loaded Fudgy Candy Bar Brownies - Fast, Easy, No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

11. Soft and Chewy M&Ms Cookies

Soft and Chewy M&Ms Cookies averiecooks.com

12. Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Reese's Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies - Recipe at averiecooks.com

13. Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies

Candy Corn and White Chocolate Softbatch Cookies - Fun & Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

14. Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies averiecooks.com

15. Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Fluffernutter Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream – The photos do not do these cookies justice. PB Cookies, stuffed with Reese’s, marshmallows, and topped with PB buttercream. No words

Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Fluffernutter Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream - Recipe at averiecooks.com

16. Twix Bar Chocolate Chip Cookies

Twix Bar Chocolate Chip Cookies averiecooks.com

17. Trail Mix Peanut Butter Cookies – NO flour, NO butter, and I didn’t add any white sugar

Trail Mix Peanut Butter Cookies (GF) averiecooks.com

18. Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter M&M’s

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter M&M’s

19. Ritz Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (no-bake, vegan)

Ritz Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (no-bake, vegan)

20. Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups

Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups - Easy, No-Mixer, Foolproof Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe at averiecooks.com

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What do you do with your leftover candy? What’s your favorite candy?

Have a safe and happy pre-Halloween weekend!

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  1. I am definitely going to keep all of your fantastic recipes in mind for all of the candy goodness my kids brought home! ;)

  2. great ideas Averie…and yummy recipe roundup you shared….gosh those twix bars. i want me some!

  3. Bookmarked and ready to go for this upcoming weekend :) great ideas, Averie! Your simple-yet-stunning desserts featuring leftover candy always make me swoon.

    1. simple-yet-stunning <--- that is the goal. Everyday stuff, elevated. And I know we both like our candy-based desserts!

  4. I saw a recipe for starburst vodka. Take 18-20 like flavored starburst and add to 8 oz vodka – allow to melt and shake gently – enjoy! lol CJ

    1. Oh good one! I’ve actually seen that recipe. I’ve also heard that gummy worms, Nerds, and other sugary candy like that can flavor vodka, although I haven’t tried. But I need to!

  5. Leave it to me to make the obvious joke. Leftover Halloween candy? Who has leftover Halloween candy? Well actually I always do. I live in an area where we don’t get trick or treaters because they have this huge block party that all the kids go to because that’s where the real loot is. GREG

    1. Greg if you only knew how much candy I have in my house…I need your kitchen, just to warehouse my candy, baking chips, and sugar stash :) It’s insane but hey, I can always walk down to the store (my kitchen) at any hour, day or night, and make a recipe :)

      I am jealous of the block party! We live in urban San Diego and everyone here is either young/fabulous/no kids or elderly/retired/no kids or pretending they’re not home and don’t buy candy and aren’t team players! So I take my daughter to a local mall b/c it’s a sure-thing, but I need a block party!

  6. Best post ever! LOL, and yes those special edition candies will be the death of me!! Target why oh why do you do this to me!? :)

    1. Girl I am the worst. I impulse buy candy at Target like nobody’s business. And sprinkles from their $1 bins!

  7. This post makes me want to buy extra Halloween candy just so I can make all of these with the leftovers. Those PB Butterfinger bars are calling my name!

  8. I agree with the person who said “your food always looks so fun!” It does.
    I think 2 years ago, I made a bundt cake filled with leftover Halloween candy.
    You might want to try that, if anything it gives a great color rainbow. LOL

  9. All these look quite scrumptious. Just looking at the photos are making my mouth water. I will definitely be trying these recipes very soon.

  10. Other than candy corn, we don’t have much candy in the house but you know that won’t stop me from making these! I still need to make your little debbie cosmic brownies!