Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy in These Sweet and Spooky Recipes

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No matter how you celebrate Halloween this year—in person, by handing out candy to dozens of trick-or-treaters, or virtually, with online gatherings and mailed treats—there's always going to be some Halloween candy leftover. Rather than forgetting about it in a cupboard, try giving your leftover candy a new life with one of these creative and delicious recipes.

Start with our kid-friendly Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes. Mini peanut butter cups and candy corn are hidden in the center of peanut butter cupcake batter, and the resulting surprise is a bite-sized treat that the whole family will enjoy. Another recipe that your kids can actually help create are our Crispy Cereal Treats. Inspired by classic Rice Krispies treats, little ones can mix in their leftover chopped chocolate bars, nuts, or any other sweets they have left from Halloween. Add chopped graham crackers and chocolate for a s'mores-inspired treat. Looking for a classic? Everyone's favorite Halloween candy—M&Ms—are used in these Chewy Caramel Mystery Cookies. Their chocolate crunch and colorful exterior make these cookies popular long after Halloween, too.

Of course, it's not Halloween without candy corn and inevitably, there's always lots leftover. Make use of the quintessential white, orange, and yellow candy in our Candy-Corn Sugar Cookies. The festive confection also dresses up regular sugar cookies for a seasonal spin.

These Halloween-inspired desserts are so enticing that you'll want to bake them all throughout November (and you may just want to stock up on a few extra bags of fun-sized candy bars in order to try your hand at the recipes here).

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Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes

Mini Triple-Treat Cupcakes

Candy corn is the quintessential Halloween treat, so why not make the holiday last a little longer (and use up your stash) by making these mini cupcakes? Peanut butter cupcakes are topped with chocolate peanut butter cups, then baked for a spooky good dessert.

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Crispy Cereal Treats

full grid of crispy rice cereal treats
Kirsten Francis

No tricks here! If you have leftover white or dark chocolate bars, chop them up and mix them with the rice cereal for Berries-and-Cream or Cocoa Nutty varieties.

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Easy Fudge Bites

easy fudge bites
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Leftover Halloween chocolate can be used in these devilishly decadent fudge bites made with unsalted butter, mini marshmallows, sugar, milk, and vanilla. Roll them in whatever toppings you have; it's an opportunity to use up treats like chopped candy pieces, chopped peanuts, or a dusting of cocoa powder.

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Jack-o'-Lantern Faces

Aaron Dyer

How adorable are these festive cookies inspired by Halloween jack-o'-lanterns? Use leftover butterscotch candies for the filling.

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Chewy Caramel Mystery Cookies

Chewy Caramel Mystery Cookies

A trio of leftover Halloween candies—caramels, chopped miniature candy bars, and coated chocolate candies such as M&Ms—can be used in these soft and chewy cookies.

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Candy-Corn Sugar Cookies

Candy-Corn Sugar Cookies

Give classic sugar cookies a startling sweet twist by pressing a single candy corn into the center of each cookie. This recipe comes together oh so fast—in just over 30 minutes, you can dig in!

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Shortbread Candy Bars

Shortbread Candy Bars

Do you have several varieties of Halloween candy leftover? Top shortbread bars with melted chocolate then a sprinkling of other sweet treats. We used chopped peanut butter cups and assorted chocolate candies—we dare you to try other combinations.

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Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies


Chocolate and peanut butter is an irresistible duo. If you have too many miniature peanut butter cups after Halloween, then use some to upgrade peanut butter cookies—a single mini PB cup is pressed in the center of each ball of dough before baking.

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Chocolate-Spot Cookies

Chocolate-Spot Cookies
David Prince

Who wouldn't want to take a bite of these scary good chocolate cookies? Black and orange coated candies are folded into the dough for a spine-tingling crunch.

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Wicked Witch Cupcakes

halloween witch cupcakes

Something wicked this way comes! Halloween cupcakes are decorated with sugar cones, black licorice laces, candy corn, and mini M&Ms (a great way to use up leftover candy from trick-or-treating!) for a bewitching dessert.

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Invisible Pops

invisible pops
Sang An

Now you see me, now you don't—clear lollipops made with corn syrup and sugar are adorned with a variety of candies and seeds, such as candy corn, pumpkin seeds, or chopped licorice.

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Spider Cupcakes

creepcake cupcakes spiders
Sang An

These creepy crawlers may send a shiver up your spine, but we promise they're sweet as can be. Black sanding sugar, cinnamon candies, mini marshmallows, and black licorice are used for decorating.

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