Bake with Halloween candy: Peanut butter cookies stuffed with Snickers

If you wake up tomorrow with leftover candy or you want to raid your kids' Halloween haul, here's how to bake them into tasty, decadent treats.

The Pastry Chef's Baking
Take a chunk of Snicker's candy bar and wrap it in peanut butter cookie dough and bake into a cup for a decadent treat.

Happy Halloween! I've paid almost no attention to Halloween fast approaching (and now here) this year. It's not really my holiday and I've been busy so Oct. 31 just crept up on me. I don't get many kids trick or treating in my neighborhood so I didn't even really stock up on candy this year. In prior years, I would buy a few bags and end up using them to bake with.

Typical Halloween candy has no appeal for me but I don't mind if they're baked in something. It's easy to use up Halloween candy. Chocolate bars can be easy add-ins to brownies and some cookies. If you have peanut butter cups, cut them up and stick them on top of peanut butter cookies. Almond Joys and Mounds can be cut up and added to Magic Cookie bar recipes. Sugar cookie dough wraps easily around Rolos. Snickers, Milky Ways, 3 Musketeers and the like are easily folded into brownie batters and/or sprinkled on top during the last few minutes of baking. Get creative and bake away.

Snickers-stuffed peanut butter cookies

The only issue with making these as cookie cups is they are a bit fragile so getting them out of the muffin tins was a little problematic. If you're careful, they won't necessarily break apart but they might get a little misshapen coming out of the tins. You can also forgo baking them in the mini muffin tins and instead bake "straight" as cookies. I tried that and that also worked pretty well. Just make sure the peanut butter cookie dough covers the Snickers completely.

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup peanut butter
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 extra-large egg (or 2 medium eggs)
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Extra sugar for rolling
Bite-sized Snickers, cut in half (as many as you have dough for)

1. Beat together the butter, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Mix in both sugars, salt, and baking powder.

2. Beat in the egg. Gradually mix in the flour, half at a time. Take a tablespoon of dough and wrap around a Snickers piece. Freeze or refrigerate dough balls until firm.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Roll the balls in the sugar. Place evenly apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

4. Bake for 12-13 minutes.

5. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet after taking them out for about 8 minutes before removing them with a spatula. Cool completely before storing.

For more ideas on how to bake candy into treats, see Halloween 2014 – Get the candy ready

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.
Real news can be honest, hopeful, credible, constructive.
What is the Monitor difference? Tackling the tough headlines – with humanity. Listening to sources – with respect. Seeing the story that others are missing by reporting what so often gets overlooked: the values that connect us. That’s Monitor reporting – news that changes how you see the world.

Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

If you’re looking for bran muffin journalism, you can subscribe to the Monitor for $15. You’ll get the Monitor Weekly magazine, the Monitor Daily email, and unlimited access to

QR Code to Bake with Halloween candy: Peanut butter cookies stuffed with Snickers
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today