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Dessert Recipes for Your Leftover Halloween Candy

We kind of went overboard on candy for Halloween this year, which meant we ended up with leftovers.  Couple that with all the loot the kids brought home from trick-or-treating, and we have candy overload!  Since we are trying to be healthier, I need to get some of this out of my house ASAP.  Inspiration struck when I saw this article from the Huffington Post on Dessert Recipes to Make With Your Leftover Halloween Candy posted on Facebook.

I had so much extra candy, that I decided to try four of the recipes.  The plan was to use up a bunch of the candy, have a taste of each of the desserts, then take the rest to the office for my co-workers.  First, I had to turn a bunch of fun-sized candy into this:

I also decided to use Truvia Baking Blend and Brown Sugar Blend instead of the added white and brown sugars for each of these recipes.  At 75% less calories than regular sugar and brown sugar, I felt like I had to.  I would already be dealing with sugary, decadent desserts because of all the candy, so this way I could eliminate some of the guilt.

The first recipe I tried was the Rainbow M&M Cookies recipe from The Domestic Rebel.  I didn't have mini M&M's, so I just used regular size.  Here's a picture of the recipe in progress:

I have a secret to share: Do you ever feel like baking, or want a fresh cookie, but don't want to have 24 cookies dangerously tempting you for days?  I know I do.  The way I get around this is to roll the cookie dough into balls, place in a freezer bag and freeze.  I write the baking instructions on the outside of the bag, and when I want to make a few cookies, I pull a few out at a time and bake!  This is the same idea as those individual balls of pre-packaged cookie dough from the grocery store. 

After packing most of the cookie dough balls in the freezer, we baked a few to sample them.  We all loved them!  The dough was super buttery and good... similar to a sugar cookie in taste.

Next, I tried the Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from Averie Cooks.  My 4 year-old had fun helping me stir and mix the dough, as well as rolling the cookie dough balls.  

We also froze most of these, but here is a pic of the ones we baked.  They were DELICIOUS!  Tasted kind of like a sugar cookie with Snickers and chocolate chips.

Next, my little helper and I made the Milky Way Brownies recipe from Crème de la Crumb.  You basically layer chopped Milky Ways between layers of brownie batter.

The caramel drizzle on top really pulls it all together.  YUM!

Edited to add in 2018: Similar to the Milky Way Brownies recipe above, I also created a Snickers Brownies recipe.  Get the full recipe and instructions for leftover Halloween Snickers candy here

Finally, I tried the Twix Carmelitas recipe from Oh Sweet Basil.  Man oh man was this DECADENT! While there is a layer of Twix chunks inside, the whole thing is really like a giant Twix. You have layers of what can best be described as an oatmeal cookie surrounding a layer of Hershey's chocolate bars, melted caramel, and Twix.  So tasty, but also decadent enough that I could only handle a small piece.  My co-workers greatly appreciated the leftovers!

Check out this gooey, layered masterpiece.

There you have it!  Next year I might try some of the others.

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