Mix your favorite leftover Halloween candy into a cookie dough that can be frozen and then baked whenever you’re craving cookies!

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

Save that Candy!

Halloween has come and gone and that means we all likely have buckets of candy sitting around our house screaming to be eaten. I consume my fair share of candy on Halloween and I’m usually in a candy coma the morning after, only to wake up to buckets of leftover candy on the counter. To keep our hands out of all that candy the days after Halloween, I stir it into a simple cookie dough that can be frozen and baked whenever we’re craving cookies.

Watch Me Make Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

Best Way to Save Your Faves!

Let’s talk candy! What’s your favorite? Mine is anything chocolate and if it has peanut butter, it’ll be in my mouth before it even has a chance to hang out in a Halloween candy bucket. I love Take 5, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Snickers most!

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

What Do I Need to Make Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough?

  • unsalted butter, softened
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar
  • eggs
  • vanilla
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda

How to Make Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until smooth.
  • Beat in the vanilla and eggs until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Mix until just combined. With the mixer on low speed or with a mixing spoon, stir in the Halloween candy.

Note: For each batch of this cookie dough I make, I stir in about 30 chopped bite-sized candy bars as well as about 10 mini bags of candy pieces like M&M’s and candy corn. A total of 2 cups candy.

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough
Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

I scoop the cookie dough into 2 tablespoon-sized scoops and top with additional candy, just for fun!

The cookie dough balls are first frozen in a single layer on a baking sheet for at least 30 minutes before being transferred to a freezer-safe bag to store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

How to Bake the Frozen Cookie Dough

When we’re craving cookies, I simply remove the number of cookie dough balls we want from the freezer and place them a few inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

They bake at 350°F for about 12-14 minutes or until they start to brown and crisp around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

Or enjoy them warm right off the baking sheet. 

They’re the kind of cookies that everyone will love because they’re crisp around the edges, chewy in the middle and loaded with all kinds of crunch and chew from the variety of candy baked into them. A sweet surprise in every bite!

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

I have no doubt these frozen cookie dough balls will come in handy over the next few months when family is in town or we’re entertaining friends around the holidays.

I dipped into our candy supply today so I could make a batch and bake some for us to enjoy this weekend. I have to say, all the candy in these cookies makes them awesome and irresistible! I’m planning to make several batches this weekend so we have a freezer full. Nothing beats warm cookies at a cravings notice.

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween! If you make this Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough, be sure to snap a picture and share it with me or tag me on Instagram @thebakermama so I can see. 😍 I love seeing how inspired and creative y’all get with the recipes I share. Enjoy!

xoxo,

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Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Dough

  • Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 32 mins
  • Yield: 30
  • Category: Dessert

Description

Mix your favorite leftover Halloween candy into a cookie dough that can be frozen and then baked whenever you’re craving cookies!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 21/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups leftover Halloween candy (about 30 bite-sized chocolate bars chopped and 10 mini bags of candy pieces such as M&M’s and candy corn)

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until smooth. Beat in the vanilla and eggs until well combined. Add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix until just combined. With the mixer on low speed or with a mixing spoon, stir in the Halloween candy.
  2. To freeze the cookie dough for baking later, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop 2 tablespoon-sized portions of dough onto the baking sheet. Scoops of dough can be close together at this point. Press a few extra pieces of chopped candy and candy pieces into the tops of each scoop of cookie dough, if desired.
  3. Place baking sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Take the cookie dough out of the freezer and transfer to a freezer-safe plastic container or plastic bag. Return the dough to the freezer and store until ready to bake. Dough can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  4. When craving a cookie, simply remove the number of cookies you want from the freezer and place a few inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes or until cookies start to brown and crisp around the edges. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

If you want warm cookies shortly after mixing the cookie dough, refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes before placing 2 tablespoon scoops of dough a few inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Press a few extra pieces of chopped candy and candy pieces into the tops of each scoop of cookie dough, if desired. Bake at 350°F for 9-11 minutes or until cookies start to brown and crisp around the edges. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

About The BakerMama

Maegan is the author of her best-selling Beautiful Boards, Spectacular Spreads and Brilliant Bites cookbooks. She started blogging in 2012 and features hundreds of original recipes on The BakerMama. She truly enjoys sharing her easy, family-friendly recipes, creative meal ideas, food board creations, and entertaining spreads to encourage others to get in the kitchen and make something memorable for their loved ones to enjoy together. Learn More

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  1. I also had issues with these cookies spreading flat and burning around the edges. Using any candy with caramel doesn’t seem to work, as it crystallizes, burns, and makes the cookies stick (even with a silicone sheet underneath it). My boys said they taste fine, but I wouldn’t ever make these for anybody beyond my own family. Not an attractive cookie!

    1. Hi Beth! I’m sorry to hear they didn’t bake as great for you as they’re supposed to. I always use caramel in ours and love the way it bakes throughout each cookie with some caramelized edges and pockets on the tops. Some are certainly prettier than others, but all taste amazing to us.

  2. We make these all the time, bake a few and freeze the rest. They are perfect to quickly bake anytime you need a cookie. They are delicious!

  3. DO NOT MAKE THESE! I followed the directions to a tee. They are so ugly and thin, most are sticking to the baking sheet and fall apart when removed. I was going to take these to a cookie exchange, but they are embarrassing. Such a waste of ingredients.

    1. Hi Jacque! It sounds like something went wrong on your end as this recipe is tried and true and has been baked with success and enjoyed by millions for years. The type of candy you mix into the recipe could certainly effect the final results, but it sounds like something was wrong with the base cookie dough mixing on your end. I’m bummed to hear you didn’t get to enjoy them like the rest of us have for years.

  4. I haven’t made these yet but I went overboard buying Halloween candy. Do you have any recommendations for high altitude?
    I recently moved from Dallas and have never baked in high altitude before and have heard it’s different. Thanks!

  5. Cookies seemed to spread way too much. Edges of cookies were dark brown while the center was raw at only 12 minutes. I think the recipe has way too much sugar and will try to remake with 1/2 cup of white sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar instead. This is my second year trying this recipe and same issue happened both times

    1. Jasmine, I had the same experience. Everything tasted AMAZING, but the cookies came out HUMONGOUS and very thin. I actually think it’s the butter that did it. I was also curious whether the process of freezing them made the batter “behave” differently. I’m excited to try The Baker Mama’s Monster Balls, as another commenter said she makes them weekly!

  6. Hello!
    I chilled the dough for 20 minutes as recommended and then baked them all!
    I am leaving some out for my family but have decided to freeze the rest in a container with parchment paper in between the layers. I want to freeze them to have next week on Christmas.
    Do you think this is okay?

    1. Hi Jessica! Yes, you can definitely freeze the already baked cookies. Putting them in a freezer safe container with parchment between each layer is perfect. I’m sure everyone will enjoy them!

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