Got some Halloween candy laying around that needs a new home? I’m sharing 50 Recipes Using Halloween Candy!!

50 Recipes Using Leftover Halloween Candy

I have determined that I have one of the weirdest children on the planet.

He never eats his Halloween candy.

I am 100% certain that I eat more of his candy than he does. It’s ridiculous. It never fails that like a year after Halloween, I find a crumpled up pillowcase in the back of his closet full of dusty mini Nerd boxes and Dum Dum pops and I’m like dude…you have major issues that we need to resolve.

Same with class parties. Just the other day I threw out a paper bag full of Valentine’s Day treats. Who is this kid? Has he learned NOTHING from me?

I finally started repurposing his candy. And by repurposing, I mean baking it up in treats and giving it to friends and neighbors. Because neighbors don’t want your leftover candy in a pillowcase but they DO want cookies baked with candy from your pillowcase.

Life is just weird sometimes.

Here are my favorite recipes using leftover Halloween candy, both from my site and from around the web. Find a few good one and give them a whirl!

50 Recipes Using Leftover Halloween Candy -- literally anytihng you could possibly want to bake!

  1. Salted Peanut Candy Corn Cookies — these buttery cookies taste like Pay Day Candy Bars!
  2. Butterfinger Cupcakes — peanut butter cupcakes with Butterfingers baked right into the batter.
  3. Kitchen Sink Bark — cute and super simple no bake treat.
  4. Monster Cookie Bars — love these chewy bars packed full of candy.
  5. Twix Brownie Cheesecake — one of my most-shared recipes!
  6. Cookies and Cream Brownies — love these frosting topped brownies.
  7. Fluffernutter Bars — full of marshmallow and Reese’s Pieces.
  8. Caramel Apple Butterfinger Bars — such a great flavor combo.
  9. Chocolate Peanut Butter Overload Cake — gorgeous cake that ANYONE can manage!
  10. Snickers Peanut Butter Blossoms — sub kisses for any mini candy bars in these peanut butter cookies.

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  1. Everything but the Kitchen Sink Brownies — these brownies are based on the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor. So good!
  2. Heath Bar Salted Caramel Brownie Trifle — another popular recipe that is one of my personal favorites.
  3. Peanut Butter Butterfinger Blizzard Cake — three words: peanut butter ganache.
  4. Candy Corn Mini Trifles — so cute and festive!
  5. Mini Rolo Flurries — love these ice cream treats.

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  1. Monster Cookies — peanut butter, oatmeal, and lots of candy inside these! Easy to adapt to fit whatever candy you have on hand.
  2. Candy Corn Bark — pretty and festive and NO BAKE!
  3. Peanut Butter Overload Bars — chewy and loaded with peanut butter candy.
  4. Everything Bars — one of my simplest but most popular desserts. I take these any time I need a last minute treat that will please a crowd.
  5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies — fabulous flavor combo.
  6. Junior Mint Cupcakes — that creamy mint frosting slays me.
  7. Chocolate Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cookies — so pretty!
  8. Double Decker Butterfinger Brownies  – these brownies are perfect for special occasions.
  9. Malted Rocky Road Brownie Cupcakes — I love a good cupcake.
  10. Caramel Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies — one of my most favorite cookies in the history of the planet.

Here are some Fun Treats Using Leftover Halloween Candy that I found around the internet!
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  1. Candy Bar Cookie Bars from Like Mother, Like Daughter
  2. Loaded Kit Kat Peanut Butter Brownies from An Edible Mosaic
  3. Mini M&M Chocolate Cookies from Flavor Mosaic
  4. Kit Kat Skillet Cookies from Miss in the Kitchen
  5. Reese’s Gooey Cake Bars from Inside BruCrew Life
  6. Reese’s Pieces Cupcakes from Your Cup of Cake
  7. Ice Cream Milky Way Brownie Pie from Wonky Wonderful
  8. Trick or Treat White Chocolate Fudge from The View from Great Island
  9. Peanut Butter Brownie Pizza from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
  10. Twix Cheesecake Pie from The Kitchen is my Playground

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  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake Bars from Persnickety Plates
  2. Twix Caramel Cookie Bars from Two Peas and Their Pod
  3. Milky Way Magic Bars from Wine and Glue
  4. Peanut Butter Cup Pound Cake from Bran Appetit
  5. Vegan Peanut Butter Cup Cookies from Fork and Beans

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  1. Sour Patch Kids Cupcakes from Dish About It
  2. Brownie Bites with Rolos from Cooking on the Front Burners
  3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Roulade from Dieters’ Downfall
  4. Snickers Deep Dish Cookie Pies from Spoonful of Flavor
  5. Snickers Cheesecake from Life, Love and Sugar
  6. Reese’s Pieces Pizza Bars from Julie’s Eats and Treats
  7. Rolo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups from Crazy for Crust
  8. Monster Snickers Pie from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
  9. Colorful Autumn Candy Cake from Chocolate and Carrots
  10. Candy Bar Pudding from Taste and Tell

Enjoy and have a happy Halloween!

Curious about the Hot Holiday Make-Up Palettes and Gift Sets for 2014? There are a lot of awesome ones! I’m sharing my favorites.

Hot Holiday Make-Up Palettes and Value Sets 2014 You guys!! THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD MAKE-UP THIS YEAR!!

If you are a make-up collector (collector is more socially acceptable than hoarder) like me, you die inside every November when all the holiday make-up palettes and gift sets come out.

There are always some good ones and some duds. In my opinion, some brands tend to water down the quality in order to bring you a bangin’ good gift set (I’m looking at you, Tarte — if it seems too good to be true, it is. Just saying), but others are pretty on point with their sets.

In a perfect world, I’d say that I’m interested in these merely to give as gifts, but that is a lie. I want all of them. Mainly because, make-up, but also because, packaging. How does one turn down an adorable house shaped box full of cosmetics?

One does not, that’s what.

I’ve gathered up a list of my FAVORITE Holiday Sets for 2014. Some are already available for sale, some are not. All are completely fabulous.

BenefitSweetSpot This is one I’m particularly interested in. Recognize any of your favorite products?

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To see the whole list and get the deets on these sets, click HERE!

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Which is your favorite?

Have a happy Tuesday!

Apple crisp meets creamy custard in these Apple Custard Crumble Bars! The creamy custard is the perfect pairing with tart apples and buttery oatmeal crumble.

Apple Custard Crumble Bars -- bars that taste like an apple crisp with ice cream!

I have decided that I have major issues.

The other day a box arrived from UPS. Obviously I didn’t open the door until the UPS guy had driven out of sight of my home (does ANYONE actually meet him at the door and speak words? Is that a thing?), and upon opening the box, saw that it was a Halloween costume for a small boy. Definitely not something that I had ordered.

I went back and checked the address on the box and sure enough, it was not addressed to me, but a neighbor of mine. The fact that I have so many things coming in the mail at ANY given moment, that I just open boxes willy nilly without looking is not really what we are talking about here. So if you are wondering why I just tear into boxes without checking the label, let’s just move along, okay? Online shopping self control is a whole other beast that I don’t have the strength to tackle today.

Once I realized that I was in possession of an item belonging to one of my neighbors, I knew I had a serious issue on my hands. I felt the anxiety start to build. My palms would have started sweating, but I actually have a strong aversion to sweat and avoid it at all costs. Nonetheless, I was upset enough TO start sweating, if I was the type to sweat.

Because obviously, these people needed to get their costume back. Like… they needed for me to take it to them and say words to them.

I considered calling UPS and scheduling a pick up, but then of course it would require CALLING, which is weird, and also I don’t think that they pick up items and then go deliver them a few houses down on the same street? That might be too much drama for UPS.

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I also thought about sending my 10 year old to take it to them, but he’s at that age where it SEEMS like he should be able to do all the things, but he always manages to make me wish I had done it myself. He would most likely end up back here with the costume still in his hands and the neighbors trailing behind him in response to his dinner invitation. I don’t even know. 10 year old boys are weird and they get confused a lot.

After all this thinking and almost sweating, I decided to take it to the neighbors the next day. Because it took a few hours to mull over all the possible scenarios and by then it was getting dark out. And also I just wanted to put it off for awhile longer because, strangers.

I put the costume back in the UPS box and just kind of folded it closed. It was obvious that it had been opened, but there was no fixing that. Then the next day, Lucy and I walked down the street, creeped up their steps, set it gently on the porch, and hauled our butts back home. Then I got home and I’m like, “seriously loser Kristan…you weren’t putting flaming dog poop on their porch, it was a HALLOWEEN COSTUME FOR PETE’S SAKE.” But for whatever reason, I felt like I was committing a crime and decided to make my toddler an accomplice. We went inside immediately in case the neighbor came outside and saw us and then knew that we were the ones who put it there.

My main regret is that I didn’t throw a couple of candy bars in the box. Just because. If you get an opportunity to give a stranger a candy bar, you always should. Unless that stranger is a small child, in which case, don’t because you could get in trouble. Unless it’s Halloween.

Wait. This is confusing. You know what I mean.

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Speaking of Halloween, do you think they’ll come trick or treat over here with their kid in the costume? Because that wouldn’t be at all awkward. I’m going to go hide now.

But not before I share this amazing dessert! Seriously, you guys — these bars are one of the best things ever ever. If you’ve ever had an apple crisp with ice cream that melted all over it, that’s kind of what these bars are like. And you can eat them with your hands!!

Your life is not complete until you try them. I know I’m weird, but you can trust me on this one.

Do it do it do it.

Apple Custard Crumble Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 15 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, melted
  • 3 medium sized Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced very thin
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray well with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar,cinnamon, quick oats, and baking soda. Stir in melted butter until completely mixed in. Press 3/4 of mixture into pan and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine apples, sweetened condensed milk and sour cream. Spread mixture carefully over bars in pan, then crumble remaining oat mixture over the top.
  4. Bake for about 25 minutes or until edges are brown and custard is set in the center.
  5. Let bars cool to room temperature, then cover and chill thoroughly before serving.

These bars are total comfort food and SO perfect for Fall. Enjoy!

 

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I don’t know what got into me last week, but I did NOT feel like cooking. I think sometimes it just gets monotonous…and late afternoon/early evening seems to be the hardest time of my day. Jon David is home from school and needs help with homework, Lucy Goose is fussing because she wants his attention, and I’m starting to feel tired. What is it about 5 pm that makes me feel like it’s time for bed?

Times like that, I’m grateful that I planned meals ahead. Otherwise, there is no way I’d be packing up the kiddos and heading to the store! I’d most likely be ordering pizza or having my husband pick up food, which gets expensive and is never as good as anything I could have just made.

Make sure to print out a grocery list with all the needed items already filled in, or a blank one so you can write what you want on it yourself!

Here is what’s on the menu this week:

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Monday: Grilled Chicken Tenderloins (without the grill!)

I make this recipe often — it’s a copycat of Cracker Barrel’s Grilled Chicken Tenderloins, which I LOVE!

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Tuesday: Copycat Quesarito

I’ve never made this, but it’s easy and it looks good! I think the boys will love it.

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Wednesday: Pesto Ranch Crockpot Chicken Thighs

This one is new to us also, but I love the idea of that flavor combo, and a crock pot dinner always appeals to me!

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Thursday: Beef Bourguignon

A couple notes on this — yes, it’s  fancy pants recipe. BUT SO DELICIOUS. I’ve only made it a couple times, but for the love — amazing. Also, I leave off the cognac because…cognac. Sometimes you just have to go for the fancy food. You only live once!

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Friday: Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

We all love this recipe and it’s an easy dinner for Halloween night. And yes, I just went from fancy pants rich people stew one night to shredded buffalo chicken the next. I am a study in contradiction.

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Enjoy and have a great day!