Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick or Treat Cookies

I've yet to figure out how many children will show up at our door for Trick or Treat each year.  Last year, I only bought one bag of candy and was scrambling around the house looking for anything else I could give out when the stash started dwindling too fast.  I even consider breath mints and chocolate chips LOL! as possibilities.

This year, I thought, aha, I'm going to buy two bags and be prepared.  However, even though the weather was dry, but chilly, we only had 25 tricksters and now I'm left with lots of candy and I don't need lots of candy. I do plan on dropping off some at the dental office who participate in "buying" back candy to ship overseas to our troops, but I looked at some of the candy left and decided that the Kit Kat and Crunch bars might make interesting additions to cookies.
I took my basic go-to recipe and added chopped candy bars and I will say, they turned out really well.  In fact, I may never buy chocolate chips again!

Halloween Trick or Treat Candy Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla Butternut flavoring 
2 3/4  cup All-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups chopped candy bars

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use a Silpat

In the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in Vanilla Butternut flavoring or you can use Vanilla extract.  Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, then add to the batter.  Beat just until all ingredients are combined.  Stir in the chopped candy bars.
Use a 1/4-cup scoop to measure out the cookie dough onto the prepared pan.  Press the tops down slightly.  Bake 11-13 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool several minutes on the pan and then, transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Here's a couple of my favorite little Trick or Treaters out for the evening...
I can only imagine as Ari went up to this house and knocked on the door, he looked back at his dad and thought, "really...I can have candy??"
 Maddie is decked out as a lady bug and she and Mommy are ready to hit the neighborhood for her first Trick or Treating.

Well, if you've been left with too much candy or your little tricksters received too much, consider making up some cookies; warmed out the oven, they brought back memories of my days of trick or treating.  Enjoy!



  1. Fabulous idea for leftover candy! I didn't even buy any this year. Sometimes I get a bag then I end up eating it myself! No cute little trick or treaters here... we're in the sticks! The houses are too far apart and it is dark (no streetlamps).
    Ari is a doll!

  2. What a cutie! Ari is a doll. Great idea for the candy, as I sit with my baby's trick or treat stash at arms length while I blog-stalk. I will definitely have to try your recipe. :)

  3. Just in case you couldn't recognize the itsy, bitsy spider...Ari said his hood made him too hot, so you can't see the full affect of the costume :)

  4. I benefited from trying these delicious cookies tonight as my mom mailed me some! As if I hadn't already eaten enough of maddie's stash...I surely wasn't going to by pass freshly arrived treats in the mail. Yum.

  5. Ari and Maddie are too cute! She really enjoyed her 1st trick or treat experience! Great idea for cookies!