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.
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 party dessert 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.Of course, there is something to be said for
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.
Silicone Baking Mats, 2 for $8.85 on Amazon
Put your days of wrestling with parchment behind you and make baking a breeze with reusable silicone mats.
Related Reading: How to Clean Greasy Silicone Baking Mats
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.
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.
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.
Related Reading: The Best New Baking Books for Fall
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.
It just doesn’t get any better. Get the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownie recipe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Related Reading: The Best After-School Baking Activities for Kids
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.
Header image by Chowhound