I don't know about you guys, but this year, we have A LOT of leftover candy from Halloween. We weren't expecting many kids and ended up leaving a bowl of candy on the porch, but we didn't have a lot of takers. To be fair, it's not an anomaly that we have leftover candy, I often over buy to make sure we have leftovers, because who doesn't love the mini sized chocolate bars?
If you feel like baking and want to use up more of your candy, then why not make cookie bars? You could also turn these into cookies, just scoop and bake on a tray for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 2 large eggs 1 tbsp vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup chopped Halloween candy or chocolate chips, plus extra to top
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease and line a 9x13” baking pan with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl cream together granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes.
3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.
4. In a bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Tip flour mixture into butter mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Mix in chopped chocolate or chocolate chips.
5. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Spread out into an even layer using your hands or the bottom of a measuring cup. Top with Halloween candy of your choice.
6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven, for 20-25 minutes, until cookie bar has puffed and is golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing into bars.