Halloween is easily one of my favourite times of the year. I love going out in costume, watching scary movies, eating an excessive amount of pumpkin desserts, and of course, the candy. Halloween is the one time of year that you can eat mini chocolate bars until your stomach hurts and then chop up the leftovers into a chewy, buttery Halloween candy cookie bar. I mean, what’s better than your favourite candies swirled through the most delicious cookie batter and cut into bars? Nothing, that’s what.
Here is what you need to know about this Halloween candy cookie bar recipe:
- Use a variety of candy. Seriously, anything goes, even candy corn! It’s fun to use different kinds for a variety of flavours and textures. My favourites to use are KitKats, M&M’s, Coffee Crisp and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
- Don’t overbake the cookies bars. The bars will continue to make in the pan as it cools. You want to take them out when they are still gooey in the center to prevent drying out. Use a toothpick to test for doneness – if the toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan, the bars are done.
- There is no mixer or special equipment required. These babies come together in about 10 minutes and bake for 30 minutes. Be careful not to overmix the batter. Overmixing develops gluten, and gluten makes the batter tough and dry. Not ideal.
- You can make the cookie dough ahead and chill it in the fridge for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months. Allow the dough to come to room temperature before putting them in the oven.
If you love cookie bars as much as I do, try my Brown Butter Nutella Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars.
Halloween Candy Cookie Bar Recipe
1 cup flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup butter, melted and cooled
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped candy bars
- Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8×8 pan with parchment or aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the melted butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just mixed and no flour remains. Be careful not to overmix. The dough will be soft and thick. Fold in the chopped candy pieces.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for 30 minutes or it is lightly browned on the sides and the middle is slightly doughy. Let it cool completely and cut into bars and enjoy!
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