The only thing better than a home-baked cookie is one you’ve hacked to include bits of your favorite trick-or-treat candy. These 11 recipes will have you hoarding Halloween treats just to stock your baking pantry.
1. HERSHEY’S KISSES BLOSSOMS
A classic. I still remember when my mom made 60 of these for my first-grade birthday party: I was so proud. They look impressive and are really very simple, but you need to work fast when adding the Kisses.
Photo: Lori L. Stalteri / Flickr
2. SNICKERS CHEESECAKE LOAF
3. REESE’S COOKIES
The only thing more delicious than a peanut butter cup is a cookie with peanut butter cups baked in. Peanut butter pushes the goober quotient over the top.
Photo: Oh, Sweet Basil
4. M&M'S RICE KRISPIES TREATS
These hardly count as baking: Rice Krispies, marshmallows, and M&M's in one gooey bar.
Photo: Today's Fabulous Finds
5. REESE’S BROWNIES
It just doesn’t get any better.
Photo: Table for Two
6. TOOTSIE ROLL ACORNS
Adorable and delicious, and the perfect activity for a rainy Saturday. They’re part cooking, part crafting, and you don’t even have to fire up the oven.
Photo: Amy’s Healthy Baking
7. WHOPPERS CHOCOLATE CAKE
You either hate malted milk balls or you can’t wait to incorporate them into cake. The Whoppers siding on this beauty is a unique touch.
Photo: Bakers Royale
8. TOBLERONE HEDGEHOG CAKE
9. MILKY WAY OATMEAL COOKIES
Brown butter is what makes these so special, and using frozen Milk Way bars helps keep the cookies’ shape during baking. It’ll be hard to face plain old oatmeal cookies after these.
Photo: Sally’s Baking Addiction
10. ROLO COOKIE BARS
Oozing with caramel goodness—like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with a twist.
Photo: Somewhat Simple
11. BUTTERFINGER BANANA BREAD MUFFINS
The first candy-packed breakfast item I’ve ever endorsed. If you want to ice these with cream cheese frosting, it’ll be our little secret.
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Header photo: Bill Selak / Flickr
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.