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The 10 Best Ways To Use Leftover Halloween Candy

Are you forever ending up with buckets of leftover Halloween candy? It’s something that always ends up happening in our house!

Maybe you bought too much or maybe your kids carted too much home. Either way it’s easy to end up swimming in mini candy bars.

My little one always comes home with more candy than I can even fathom, much of which ultimately goes to waste in the coming weeks.

These fun treats are arguably the best way to use up all that leftover Halloween candy – from cookies to cupcakes to chocolate bark, oh my!

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Butterfinger Cupcakes Photo
Butterfinger Cupcakes Recipe
I love Butterfinger bars so much it’s borderline unreasonable, so these Butterfinger cupcakes are right up my alley! Use leftover Halloween candy to make these cupcakes featuring Butterfinger bits mixed into the peanut butter cake, as well as piled generously on top of the creamy, decadent peanut butter frosting. This recipe would work well with other leftover candy bars as well!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark Photo
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bark Recipe
Chocolate, peanut butter, and pretzels makes perhaps one of the best flavor combinations of all time. The pairing of sweet and salty has always been a favorite of mine though. Our chocolate peanut butter pretzel bark recipe is truly a cinch to make, plus it will use up all those little packets of Reese’s Pieces that make their way home on Halloween. Make it now. Thank me later.
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Monster Cookie Dough Dip Recipe
Believe it or not, this monster cookie dough dip is even better than actual cookies plus it’s perfect for peanut butter lovers. You can dip so many things in this monster cookie dough dip, which you can easily make with leftover M&M’s. A few favorites to serve with this cookie dough dip include pretzels, graham crackers, apples, and animal crackers, but you can dip whatever you like!
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Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Photo
Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe
I love a bar cookie recipe because I think the texture always turns out amazing, but also because they’re so easy to make! Our Snickers chocolate chip cookie bars are made with bite sized Snickers bars that you can easily swipe from the leftover Halloween candy. You could also adapt the same recipe with little Heath bars or Butterfingers bars, too! The possibilities are endless.
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Candy Corn Trash Photo
Candy Corn Trash Recipe
Let’s be honest – candy corn is totally polarizing! It’s truly a love or hate situation when it comes to this iconic Halloween candy. What’s much less polarizing is the popularity of so called “trash” recipes like our Halloween candy corn trash recipe! Crunchy pretzels, salty peanuts and sweet candy corn are all tossed and coated in white chocolate. It’s the perfect way to use that leftover candy corn.
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Giant M&M Cookies Photo
Giant M&M Cookies Recipe
Giant M&M’s cookies are one of those classic bakery treats that everyone loves! Soft, buttery cookies studded with colorful M&M’s are never not going to be a huge crowd pleaser. These giant sized cookies are really simple to make, plus they make a great way to use up leftover M&M’s from the Halloween candy stash. You could even use peanut M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces!
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Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Photo
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
If you haven’t caught on yet – pretty much you should use that leftover Halloween candy to make cookies in one form or another! These oatmeal peanut butter cookies are one my personal favorite ways to make the most of your Reese’s Pieces stash, which may or may not happen to be my personal favorite Halloween candy. A batch of these and you’ll have one very happy family!
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Cookie Monster Brownies Photo
Cookie Monster Brownies Recipe
These Cookie Monster brownies are honestly almost too fun for words. Plus it’s an incredibly simple recipe with the utmost in cuteness that little hands can help make! One part brownie and one part cookie, you can mix and match different leftover Halloween candies with a box brownie mix to create a sweet treat you’ll want to make time and time again.
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Monster Cookie Bars Photo
Monster Cookie Bars Recipe
I’ve said it before, but I’ll surely say it again – I love making cookie bars! The ease of mixing the dough and baking it all at once in a baking pan is so much less time consuming than baking tray after tray of cookies, plus I love the thickness of a bar versus a standard cookie. These Monster cookie bars are another great option for using up leftover M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces!
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M&M Brownies Photo
M&M Brownies Recipe
While originally made with pastel M&M’s for Easter, this recipe for our M&M’s brownies is just as perfect for using up leftover Halloween candy! Gooey chocolate brownies are topped with a sweet and creamy chocolate buttercream frosting then sprinkled with M&M’s for what may just be the best frosted brownie recipes for the chocolate lovers in the crowd.
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