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The only thing better than a home-baked cookie or cake is one you’ve hacked to include bits of your favorite trick-or-treat candy. These Halloween candy dessert recipes will have you hoarding Halloween sweets just to stock your baking pantry.

Wholly HomemadeHow to Make Your Own Halloween CandyOf course, there is something to be said for healthy Halloween treats, but everything in moderation, right? Which means you have to have some sugar—and these Halloween candy desserts will certainly provide plenty of it. Whether you need a last-minute recipe for your Halloween feast or are looking for creative ways to use up leftover Halloween candy (allegedly, that’s a thing that exists…), these cakes, cookies, bars, and muffins are all perfectly delicious and loaded with some of our very favorite items to ever grace the inside of a plastic pumpkin bucket.

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1. Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter 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. Get the Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe.

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2. Snickers Cheesecake

An amazing way to use Snickers…and Oreos, which comprise the crust. The chewy chocolate, caramel, and peanut candy is folded into the cheesecake filling and piled atop the pool of chocolate ganache that drips down the sides. Get the Snickers Cheesecake recipe.

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars

These hardly count as baking: Rice Krispies, chocolate, peanut butter, and Kit Kats in one gooey, creamy, crunchy bar. You’ll be breaking off another piece all night until it’s gone. Get the Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars recipe.

4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup 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. Get the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies recipe.

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5. Twix Caramel Cookie Bars

Salted caramel sauce and Twix bars commingle in a classic cookie bar. Get the Twix Caramel Cookie Bars recipe.

6. Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M Blondies

If you’re not a fan of the candy corn M&Ms, use the regular variety—or really, any other candy you want to. In any case, these buttery, caramelized white chocolate blondies will be delicious. Get the Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M Blondies recipe.

7. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

It just doesn’t get any better. Get the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownie recipe.

8. Chocolate Mint Brownies

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Although, if you’re partial to peppermint, you can also embed Peppermint Patties in fudgy brownies with mini chocolate chips on top for good measure. Get our Chocolate Mint Brownie recipe.

9. Monster Cookies

Monster cookies are a classic way to use M&Ms, and just as good as you remember (but you can chop up any candy bar you want to mix into the dough instead; see these Brown Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies for inspiration). It’ll be hard to face plain old oatmeal cookies after these. Get the Monster Cookie recipe.

10. Rolo Cookie Bars

Oozing with caramel goodness—like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with a twist, but even easier, since you just smooth the batter into a single pan. Get the Rolo Cookie Bars recipe.

11. Butterfinger Chocolate Cupcakes

This Butterfinger Banana Bread Muffins recipe is the first candy-packed breakfast item I’ve ever endorsed (and if you want to ice these with cream cheese frosting, it’ll be our little secret). Or you can just go all out and make chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with a rich peanut butter frosting and crushed Butterfingers showered over top! Get the Butterfinger Chocolate Cupcakes recipe.

12. 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. Get the Tootsie Roll Acorns recipe.

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13. Halloween Candy Bark

When in doubt, just mix up all your leftover candy in a delicious and quite bewitching chocolate bark dessert. Get the Halloween Candy Bark recipe. (You can use the same trick for a Halloween candy bar pie, leftover Halloween candy cookie cake, or Halloween candy Nutella brownie.)

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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.
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