This Recipe Is the Best Way to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

Why make cookies when you can make a skillet cookie cake with some of your favorite leftover Halloween candy? Whether the Halloween haul was unusually bountiful or the doorbell didn’t ring as much as you thought it would, this skillet cookie cake is a delicious way to make sure no candy is left unwrapped (as if). Go for chocolate candy bars, peanut butter cups, M&M’s, or Twix bars. The chocolate melts wonderfully, and candy covered pieces like peanut M&M’s break up in the dough for bits of colorful chocolate, but sneaky bits of peanut, too (avoid hard candy as you don’t want to chip anyone’s teeth!). Making your own cookie dough will result in a stellar outcome. Cut your cookie into bars or dig right into the warm dessert once it comes out of the oven. Ice cream isn't a must, but definitely a nice addition.

Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt

  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, melted

  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups mixed Halloween candy cut into bite-size pieces (if large), such as M&M’s, peanut butter , or fun-size candy bars


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 10-inch skillet with cooking spray.

  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until combined, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla until incorporated, scraping down sides and bottom of bowl as needed, about 1 minute.

  4. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture; beat until just combined. Add candy and beat until incorporated.

  5. Spread dough evenly into skillet with a spatula. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve warm or at room temperature.

    Cookie Cake Recipe Using Leftover Candy
    Greg DuPree
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