Halloween candy dessert recipes (how to bake with leftover Halloween candy)

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 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 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.

Hershey’s Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

Hershey's Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

Homemade Hooplah

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 recipe.

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Snickers Cheesecake

Snickers Cheesecake

Handle the Heat

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 recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars

Averie Cooks

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 recipe.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Oh Sweet Basil

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 recipe.

Twix Caramel Cookie Bars

Twix Caramel Cookie Bars

Two Peas and Their Pod

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

Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M Blondies

Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M Blondies

Averie Cooks

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 recipe.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Table for Two

It just doesn’t get any better. Get the recipe.

Tootsie Roll Acorns

Tootsie Roll Acorns

Amy’s Healthy Baking

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 recipe.

Chocolate Whoppers Cake

Chocolate Whoppers Cake

Baker’s Royale

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. Get the recipe.

Toblerone Hedgehog Cake

Toblerone Hedgehog Cake

Toblerone

Part cake, part hedgehog: There’s no way you can lose. Toblerone triangles are the ultimate building blocks (and you can also stick on them an actual chocolate cake with chocolate frosting). Get the recipe.

Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies

Bronw Butter Milky Way Oatmeal Cookies

Sally’s Baking Addiction

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. Get the recipe.

Rolo Cookie Bars

Rolo Cookie Bars

Somewhat Simple

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

Butterfinger Banana Bread Muffins

Butterfinger Banana Bread Muffins

Inside Bru Crew Life

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. Get the recipe.

Butterfinger Chocolate Cupcakes

Butterfinger Chocolate Cupcakes

Baker By Nature

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 recipe.

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Header image courtesy of Handle the Heat.

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.
Jen is an associate content producer at Chowhound. Raised on scrapple and blue crabs, she hails from Baltimore, Maryland, but has lived in Portland (Oregon) for so long it feels like home. She enjoys the rain, reads, writes, eats, and cooks voraciously, and stops to pet every stray cat she sees. Continually working on building her Gourmet magazine collection, she will never get over its cancellation. Read more of her work.
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