Perhaps you, like my family, are still trying to get through that Halloween candy you bought three weeks ago. How were you to know that the extra bag of candy you bought wasn’t even going to be broken into until after Halloween? I mean really, it’s not like your house is some secret underground headquarters, the location of which can never be revealed…
*Meanwhile, at the Batcave:
Well, Alfred, no trick or treaters again! *munch munch munch grin munch*
What a surprise Mr. Wayne.
Ok, maybe you had an inkling of how much candy you bought. But you really did think more kids would stop by, and when you tried pouring 10 pieces each into their bags in desperation, parents gave you a dirty look and warned all the other neighborhood folk off. So now here you are. Stuck with copious amounts of all those treats dentists despise.
What to do? Well, if you do happen to find yourselves in this sticky situation, I would suggest tying your apron on and pulling out the baking supplies because there are some awesome (and easy) recipes perfect for leftover Halloween candy!
All three of these recipes ended up having peanut butter or peanuts incorporated, so I do apologize to anyone with allergies (my sister being among you). However, every recipe can easily be adapted so as to be peanut butter free.
5 Ingredient M&M Peanut Butter Bars
This first recipe comes from Rachel Cooks, and is as easy and delicious as it sounds.
All you need are:
– 3/4 cup peanut butter
– 2 large eggs
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 2 cups all-purpose baking mix (i.e. Bisquick)
– 1 bag of M&Ms (your choice – regular were great in it, though I bet dark chocolate would be good too!)
And all you have to do is this. Preheat the oven to 325 F, spray a pan (go for about 8-inch x 8-inch pan, but doesn’t have to be exact) with cooking spray, and mix the ingredients together in the order they are listed. Combine peanut butter & eggs, add the brown sugar & baking mix (it’ll get nice and thick here), then fold int he M&Ms. Put in the oven for 35-40 minutes, let cool, and chow down. Seriously, that’s it! They’re fun, colorful, and delicious.
Rolo-Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies
(Recipe from Sally’s Baking Kitchen, who has a ton of recipes like this!)
Oh my god, what it is that? It is a peanut butter cookie with a center filled with soul-satisfying gooey, melted chocolate and caramel. So yeah, all those Rolos scattered around the Halloween candy bowl? You will be hard pressed to find a better way to use them. Personally, I love the chocolate-caramel combo – one of my favorites – but Rolos tend to be a bit tough and chewy so I love how they melt and become part of the soft cookie here.
A few more ingredients needed for this one:
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened to room temperature
– 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar (or light brown)
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 large egg
– 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp baking soda
– 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
– About 24 Rolos
Again, super easy to make and if you’ve never made a stuffed cookie before, kind of fun! Preheat the over to 350 F and spray a cookie sheet. Start by mixing the first 3 ingredients together. Add the egg, peanut butter, and vanilla and stir. Mix in the baking soda and flour slowly, then let the dough sit in the fridge for 30 min.
When the dough is cool, take 1-2 tbsp of the dough and cut that in half (use more for larger cookie, but need enough to cover the rolo). Make a dough-Rolo sandwich and press the dough together to completely cover the single Rolo. Repeat until all the dough is used. Pop in the oven for about 9 minutes, let cool, and then watch as your friends and family are completely flabbergasted by these Rolo-Stuffed Cookies!
Halloween Popcorn Treats
(Can be used anytime of the year, or themed for any holiday)
Finally, this one comes from a recipe my mom saved from the Food Network. It’s the trickiest of the three, but still not too difficult! She adapted the recipe slightly and these turned out to be amazing – not the type of treat we usually make, so we were pleasantly surprised.
Here’s what you need:
– 3 tbsp vegetable oil
– 1/2 cup popcorn kernels (might need to add more – only used packaged popcorn if it is completely plain, not buttered)
– 3 tbsp butter
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 4 cups mini marshmallows
– About 6 fun-sized Snickers, chopped to 1/4-inch pieces (or other chocolate candy of your choice)
– 1/2 cup regular M&Ms (use different color-themed packages if you make these for a certain holiday or occasion!)
Prepare a large mixing bowl and a cookie sheet by spraying with cooking spray. In a 3 quart or larger, heavy-bottomed pan, heat the oil and popcorn over medium-high heat. Cover pan and shake gently, cooking until all kernels have popped (about 3 minutes). Place the popped popcorn in the mixing bowl.
Melt the butter, vanilla, and marshmallows in a saucepan and stir constantly until smooth (about 5 minutes). Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and stir with a spatula until completely coated (you may want to spray the spatula with cooking spray). Mix in the chopped Snickers pieces and the M&Ms.
Take a handful of the mixture and shape into a ball and place on cookie sheet. Repeat until mixture is all gone, and set the cookie sheet aside for the popcorn balls to dry for 1 hour. You can wrap these up individually, tie them with some pretty ribbon or string, and send them off as treats to neighbors, friends, or perhaps some awesome college kids. They are sweet, a good kind of sticky (not as sticky as you might expect once dry), and the perfect treat for a movie night!
**Again, for anyone allergic to nuts/peanut butter, you can enjoy these recipes just as easily with a few changes! Make a regular blondie brownie for the first one and add M&Ms, or any candy of your choice. For the Rolo-Stuffed Cookies, I have little doubt that these suckers would be just as good using a chocolate chip, or similar cookie. And for the Popcorn Treats, I think you could literally add whatever you want to these and they’d be amazing.
And that’s going to wrap up this super helpful post on eating up that nefarious leftover Halloween candy. Best of luck to you and thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…