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Candy Cookies

Happy Halloween! Do you have a habit of overbuying Halloween candy? I do. Or maybe you’re looking for an excuse to buy the unsold candy that goes on sale the day after Halloween. Either way, this Candy Cookies recipe is just what you need.

Use excess Halloween candy to make these easy Candy Cookies.


They cook up soft and a little chewy, just like chocolate chip cookies only with all kinds of candy surprises hidden in the batter.

Use excess Halloween candy to make these soft and chewy Candy Cookies.

I used Butterfingers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and M&M’s. Candy Cookies are great for using up the candy that isn’t as popular. Sometimes it tastes better when enveloped in a buttery, sweet cookie dough. Twix, Heath Bars, Rolos, Snickers, and Kit Kats would also work well. You can pretty much use anything that is chocolate based.

Chop your candy into small pieces. Butterfingers will virtually disintegrate when you chop them, but that’s OK. It just means that their flavor gets more incorporated into the batter. M&M’s are fun and easy to use because they provide color and there’s no chopping required.

Halloween Candy Cookies - chop up your excess Halloween candy and add it to an easy cookie dough.

You want to add at least 1 1/2 cups of chopped candy to the dough, but if you go a little closer to 2 cups, it will be our little secret. The dough will need to chill for at least an hour before baking.

Chop up your excess Halloween candy and add it to an easy dough to make soft and chewy candy cookies.

Don’t let the cookies cool too much before removing them from the baking sheets or they may start to stick to the parchment paper. Just let them cool enough that they hold their shape when you stick a spatula under them.

Halloween Candy Cookies - a great way to use up excess candy!


Use excess Halloween candy to make these easy Candy Cookies.

Candy Cookies

Use leftover Halloween candy to make these soft and chewy cookies.


  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped candy )Reese's. Butterfinger, M&M's are all good choices


  • Beat butter and both sugars with an electric mixer until well blended.
  • Add egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
  • Mix in flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • Stir in chopped candy.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Spray a tablespoon measuring spoon with cooking spray and measure out a heaping tablespoon of dough for each cookie. You could also use an ice cream scoop if you have one the right size.
  • Place dough in mounds, spaced 3 inches apart. Cookies will spread quite a bit.
  • Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Let cool on pans a minute or two and then transfer to a wire rack.


Makes 16-18 cookies.


Calories: 191kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American

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Recipe adapted from Epicurious.com

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17 thoughts on “Candy Cookies”

  1. Hope you had a great Halloween! We have a ton of candy leftover and these cookies are exactly what we need. They look delicious!

  2. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    What an awesome way to use up all the leftover Halloween candy! 😀 Love it. Hope you had a fun Halloween!

  3. Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel

    Our Halloween got rained out, so I have SOOOO much leftover candy! I will definitely have to use it productively… cookies!!! 🙂 Great idea!

  4. Sarah@wholeandheavenlyoven

    Oh my goodness, I am DYING over how loaded these cookies are with so much yummyness! Extra Halloween candy = best problem ever if it means you get to make cookies like this!

  5. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    These are MY kind of cookies! Combining my two loves – cookies and candy! Love it!

  6. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan

    Aaaannnd now I want cookies! These look fantastic Christin! And, these would be perfect for Christmas too!

  7. We definitely have a ton of candy leftover this year! We got less kids than normal … and we can’t figure out why! These look like an awesome way to use some of it up!

  8. YUM! These look so chewy and delicious! What a fun recipe! (perf for halloween)!! …I used to make cookies like this and bring em to church, everyone loved em! I used to even add chopped milky way and snickers! hahah 🙂

  9. I have a ton of leftover Halloween candy and I’m totally thinking about this! Great idea and perfect timing!

  10. Krystle(Baking Beauty)

    I don’t have a habit of overbuying candy, but I love M and ms and really want to try these cookies. They remind me of the ones they sell at the mall. Pinned to try soon!

  11. Renee@Two in the Kitchen

    Happy Halloween Christin! So funny: I also just posted about overbuying Halloween candy. I do it every. single. year. I am afraid this year will be the worst because it is freezing and windy here right now so I doubt there will be many trick or treaters. Oh well, at least we can make cookies! Theese are my kind of cookies too! Soft and gooey and loaded with candy!! 🙂

  12. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    Luckily I live on a street that doesn’t get trick or treaters. But we do at the office I work at. So I am tempted, but I am stronger during the day. Ha! Love the cookies,however. Sweet.

  13. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    We always have way too much leftover Halloween candy. I always buy the good candy that I know I won’t have a problem eating. I’ll definitely have to try these cookies. Have a great weekend, Christin!

  14. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Happy Halloween, Christin! I totally overbuy candy! And I know I bought too much this year for the trick-or-treaters, but that just means more for me to use in these cookies! I love the looks of these! So perfect for Halloween!

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