Make the most of Fright Night extras with the ultimate recipe for Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies.
Leftover Halloween candy. You know you’ve got it. Whether you trick-or-treated your heart out, “borrowed” from your kid’s loot or bought the bulk bags, chances are there are a few stray Snickers, orphaned Whoppers or partnerless Peanut Butter Cups laying around.
Now you have an excuse to do more than just tear open those wrappers and indulge this Halloween season.
This easy recipe for Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies stars a soft and chewy cookie-like base studded with a holiday’s worth of surplus sweets. Any candy with the capacity to melt will be a perfect fit wedged inside and atop these squares.
I am all about the peanut butter cups (bonus points if you DIY your own, but with my secret filling!) and the Snickers, which we all know are best when frozen.
So forget about that provocative cat costume, ditch that Game of Thrones garb and start hoarding every chocolate-coated, nougat-stuffed, fun-sized indulgence you can get your sticky little hands on.
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- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup assorted Halloween candy, roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to hang over the sides. Coat the paper with cooking spray.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk together the melted butter with the sugar and light brown sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
- Remove the bowl from the stand mixer and stir in the flour, baking powder and salt just until incorporated. Stir in ½ cup of the assorted Halloween candy.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top, then sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of Halloween candy over the top of the batter.
- Bake for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let the pan cool completely then remove the blondies using the parchment paper overhang, cut into 16 squares and serve.
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I’ve been making these for like 5 years! My sister’s favorite treat and she requests these for her birthday every year. Thank you for such a delicious recipe!!
So glad you are enjoying the recipe, Diana!
Followed the recipe to a T and these came out almost raw. At 47 minutes, a toothpick came out clean in a few spots so I let them cool. When I cut into them I thought they were slightly under and kind of fudgy like brownies are, but these were seriously underdone. I had to reheat the oven and put the already cut up pan back in! I did sneak a small piece of a cooked corner and wasn’t even impressed with the flavor. It tasted bland. I’m glad I added extra candy. Hopefully the middle pieces taste better if they ever cook.
I’m so sorry you experienced that, Jessica, and I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the recipe.
These are so good! I “accidentally” put in 2 cups of chopped candy and it was fantastic!
YESSSS! So thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Colleen!
Super yum! The only change I will try next time is to bake it in a larger pan. It came out pretty thick and rich.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Looks really good, but what’s “left over candy”?
Fixed these tonight and used a 9×13 pan instead because the recipe made so much delicious batter. It worked perfectly with the recommended bake time in my oven. Chewy texture, which I love! Only substitution I made was that I used sea salt in place of table salt.
Woohoo! I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Amanda!
Made this Blondie with leftover Halloween candy. Was excellent!!. Will make again
I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Debbie!
So easy to make and very good for the guys who work with my husband who don’t have kids and didn’t get any candy for Halloween we live in Ohio and it is always a rainy or cold day for trick or treat but ya gotta buy candy just in case!!Great recipe!!!
I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe, Deborah!
Have made this recipe several times, always a hit!
I’m so thrilled to hear this, Shannon!
My daughter and granddaughter have dairy allergies, so gathered up some of the uneaten stock pile of candy and gave it a try. Came out great and was easy to make. I took it to an event,(brave me), and was all gone with lots of other items to choose from. Thanks.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Sharon!
I was upset.. first time trying this recipe.. I am a long time baker big time and was a bit ? to try this recipe.
Toothpick came out clean.. after about 32 min. left them in the oven a bit longer and still the whole thing was a waste of my time.. Its like eating unbaked ?
I read the other emails and agree, should be baked longer even if the toothpick comes out clean and also.. I would and should have added some baking powder.. even a little.. I never made anything without soda/powder. I personally was disappointed.
I’m sorry you experienced this issue, Cheryl. We’re re-testing the recipe, stay tuned!
I thought these would be fun to make pre-Halloween for my coworkers. They were a hit! I’ll make them again after Halloween with whatever leftover candy I have.
So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Kelsey!
Just made these to use up our Reese’s Pieces. So good! Doubled the recipe and I know my co-workers will love me tomorrow. I did have to bake these closer to 50 minutes.
So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Sarah!
Pinned! These look so yummy :D
Thanks so much, Edye! Enjoy!
Was excited to try this, to get rid of Halloween temptations and a treat for this weekends camping trip.
I made the following adjustments. I creamed softened butter and sugars. I also added about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of baking soda for leavening. I used a 9*13 glass dish
It baked up to a soft thick cookie bar! :-)
Awesome! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Lia!
Hi, I’m out of parchment paper and want to make these now. Can I use anything else on the bottom of my pan to keep them from “burning”? Flour?
Hi Gina! It’ll be more difficult to remove the blondies from the pan without the parchment. You could also try using foil coated well with cooking spray.
its looking tempting i wanna try this but without egg. can you please tell me what to use in substitute of egg in this cookies?
Hi there! I have never tried this recipe without eggs so I’m not sure what a good substitute would be.
You could use Organ gluten free no egg natural egg replacer from the health food isle in the supermarket. Its a good substitiute for eggs
I made 2 batches of these and really like them, they turned out fine. I think an 8×8 pan is too small. The blondies are too thick and cakey. I’d recommend a larger pan for a thinner blondie.
So glad you enjoyed the recipe!
I ended up having to trash these. They cooked for an hour and were still raw in the center. Very frustrating. I don’t understand how this recipe works for anyone.
I don’t have an 8 inch square pan, mine is larger and rectangular. Should I double the recipe?
Hi Laura – I’ve never tried doubling this recipe so I can’t say with certainty how it would turn out.
These are super good. I love the texture and they don’t turn out dry like a lot of blondie recipes do. I will be making them for the Christmas party.
I made these also, they were great! Wished I had put more caramel in, next time!
I made these 4 days ago. The best ever. I did by accident put more candy in them. I let them bake 5 minutes less. And even after 4 days, what’s left is super moist. Delicious!
Awesome! So glad you enjoyed them!
I’d like to make these ahead of time for a fun thanksgiving treat… any idea if these will freeze? I’m not encouraged by the comment that they get hard the second day.
Hi Sara – I’ve never had any issue with the blondies hardening, however I wouldn’t recommend freezing them, as it’ll affect the texture. Hope that helps!
How would I make these as a recipe for a 9×13 pan? I need a larger quantity than an 8×8 pan can give me.
Hi Shannon – if you use this recipe in a 9×13 pan, the blondies will be much, much thinner, so make sure you adjust the baking time. Hope that helps!
It took over an hour for a toothpick to come out of these clean for me… The kids liked them hot out of the oven but the second round the next day were solid as a rock.
I’ve made these before–the original recipe is Martha Stewarts Halloween blondies. They are very good, but beware if you take them out at 30-35 min (in an 8″ pan) they will be completely raw in the center. I’ve made that mistake before. This time I had to cook them for almost an hour to get them cooked through. I suggest to keep checking with a butter knife every 5-10 minutes after the suggested bake time. Love the chopped up candy bar mix in idea.
OMG… I am going to make this later today or tomorrow when the kids are at school. Awesome idea for “leftover” candy. I think I’m going to add a few chocolate chips to it as well. :)
I made these today 11/25/21- Thanksgiving. They were a hit. I made the recipe exactly as written. At first I thought they were not done on the inside when I cut them but as they cooled, they set them selves similar to brownies – so good. Thank you.
You are so welcome, Bea! I’m thrilled you enjoyed the recipe!
I just made leftover Halloween candy bread pudding!
Great idea. I have them in the oven already. There’s no leavening in the recipe tho…is that an error or intentional.
No leavening required, Beth! Enjoy :)
So not a safe recipe for this preggo (:
I LOVE these photos, I made candy-studded-brownies – but these look even better! This photos are priceless!
i know what i’m making if the trick or treaters don’t come tonight…. (we had a huge storm last night so trick or treating was postponed)
These look great. I am making a batch and bringing them to work
What is this ‘leftover’ word you speak of?
Love this, Kelly! Great way to use up all that extra candy!
Love how loaded these are! These are my kind of blondies!
Ooooh totally raiding the Halloween candy sale aisle on Friday for these blondies! These look so fun!
Candy hoarding, now that’s something I could get into! Love these blondies!
Blondies are the perfect use for leftover candy!
SO if I buy a bunch of candy just to make these, does it still count?
These look insanely good, I could totally go for like five of them!!
That’s so cute you think I won’t eat every last bite of Halloween candy myself. but then, I’ll have to buy more to make these adorable blondies! Yum!
If I have the patience to avoid tearing open the candy wrappers and just going for it, I will most definitely be making these! ;) Such a wonderful Halloween treat, Kelly!
These blondies are the best use for Halloween candy!
My first thought when I spied those blondies: Oh no she didn’t. I will SO be pinning :)
Found you via your spot in the Nov BH&G – congrats!
Haha! Thanks so much, Sandi, and welcome to Just a Taste!
I love making blondies with leftover candy! I am the bar/blondie candy queen :) lol Yours are gorgeous and I am impressed you got 16 squares from an 8×8 pan. I get 9, maybe 12 if I am feeling like being ‘good’. Pinned!
This is simply brilliant! What a fun way to use leftover Halloween candy!
Totally pinned and totally going to make! Who wouldn’t want to dive into these candy blondies.
Luvvvvv this idea. So much that I might have to buy some extra candy, just to make them!
Great idea for left over candy. Now I won’t slowly eat it all over several weeks : )
Ohhhh I will take anything candy-studded. I’m totally that girl who digs out all the candy in a pint of ice cream lol. These blondies look AWESOME!
Oh these just look too good! I honestly I going to be going to buy all the on sale candy just to make these! They look so good! :)