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Leftover Candy Cookie Bars



 
Who doesn't have tons of leftover candy from the holidays or likes to buy holiday candy on clearance? If you don't know what do with the candy, make these cookie bars.
 I don't know about y'all but holiday candy just taste better to me, any holiday candy not just Christmas candy. It might the bright colors of the candy or the wrapper but it just taste better or it maybe that candy companies come out with different flavors.



 For this recipe you can use any candy you would like. The candy that I used is the candy that Santa gave me. What's your favorite holiday candy? Let me know in the comments.

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Leftover Candy Cookie Bars

Time 

Prepping: 15 minutes
Baking: 20 to 25 minutes
Chilling: at least 3 hours or overnight 

Ingredients 

3 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour
1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened 
1 1/2 Dark Brown Sugar, packed
3 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract, I used homemade
2 cups Chocolate Chips
2 cups Candy-Coated Chocolate Candy, I used Holiday M&M's
20 Mini Peanut Butter Cups, quartered

1. In a medium size bowl, whisk together 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and sea salt. In a larger bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar for 5 minutes. Add vanilla extract to butter sugar mixture.
2. In three parts, add 1/3 of flour mixture to the butter sugar mixtures then one egg. Starting with flour and ending with flour.  
3. Toss M&M's and chocolate chips into the last 1/2 of flour. Roughly chop peanut butter cups. I would place them in the refrigerator for better chopping. Fold candies into batter.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 10 x 15 pan or a jellyroll pan with parchment paper.
5. Press cookie dough into pan evenly. Bake in oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. The bars will still be soft in the middle and slight crisp on the outside.
6. Let the bars cool in pan for 5 to 10 minutes or until firm. Remove and let cool completely on a wired rack. Once cooled store in an airtight container.
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Comments

  1. oh my goodness these are drool worthy! I am such a sucker for reeses cups post holidays plus I just got a kitchenaid mixer :)

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  2. OH wow.. This looks good. I often throw our left over candy just to avoid the kids over eating candy!! I know.! I should save them for such projects. yum!

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  3. I can feel the zipper on my skinny jeans groaning as I look at this! I have plenty of leftover candy, too!

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  4. The only problem I’d have with this recipe is having enough leftover sweets :( thanks for sharing though!

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  5. I could make these right now with all of the leftover candy in my pantry. Such a great idea!

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  6. Such great recipe idea. SAnta brought way too much candy. Might as well use it all up

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  7. This really looks yummy, just a great way to use candy.Thanks for sharing this

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  8. Great way to use up leftover holiday candy! These bars look tasty!

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  9. I am reading your post with my daughter and she told me we have to do those cookies tomorrow. Thanks for sharing and give me something to do with my lil one

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  10. This is really a great idea! Making cookie bars from leftovers. I love all your recipes! And Im always looking forward for the new recipe that you will post!

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  11. I agree, Christmas candy tastes great! Im trying to get in all of my sweets before I start new new years diet lol. They turned out lovely!

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  12. OMG... very creative idea; I never know what do with the tons (lol) of candy that I receive from my friends and families, but now I'll try to do that... Thanks xoxo

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  13. I heard of a family that would do this as a tradition. Love this idea!

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  14. This is so appetizing and so inviting, i cant believe i can only look at this without having it.

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  15. This is such an awesome treat. I would love a taste. Maybe after Valentine day,i will have left over candy.

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  16. This is a great way to use leftover candy and not let it go to waste. I think it is a great recipe for my friends

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  17. I love the idea of using leftover candy. My kids would love these!

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  18. Oh how cool candy leftover recipe! This would really help recycling into another yummy treat than to put them to waste.

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  19. These look so vibrant and tasty! What a great idea to use leftover candy.

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  21. Oh yummy yum yum what a fun idea!

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  22. Okay this is giving me a toothache just looking at it! But i still want it! HAHA! I actually do have a ton of leftover candy! Its terrible and awesome at the same time!

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  23. You're killing me with this yummy looking recipe. I woke up with a sweet tooth so I'll have to see if I have the ingredients to make this. Heading to town to do some shopping in a few so if I don't, I will have, lol.

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  24. What an interesting and creative way of using left over candies! I have so much candy left and I definitely need to try this :)

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  25. I'm salivating just looking at these! I'm going to have to try these out.

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  26. This is an awesome way to use my holiday candy. Then I can bring it to work so that I don't eat all of the candy. Genius!

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  27. What a great way to give candy a new (delicious) life! Love how versatile this recipe is too!

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  28. There's not a lot of leftover candy around here but there's usually a lot on sale at the grocery store after the holidays so this is a great idea to make. Thanks for sharing!

    Heather | www.cookingwithessentialoils.ca

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  29. Wow, what a recipe. Now I know what to do with the leftover candy and pretend it’s healthy 😃

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  30. I've got to send this recipe to my brother in law. My nephews would love these!

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  31. Another delicious recipe! Love the festive colors that adorn the goodies. Can't wait to try out the recipe. Evelyn, Path of Presence

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  32. Oh my, that is so sinful!! It looks delicious and beautiful at the same time. I'd love to try a bite or two. Cheers!!

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  33. OH wow yep! My kids would absolutely flip over this mouthwatering treat! We bake on the weekend as a family so we will totally need to add this to our rotation. mmmmm Can't wait to see what you bake next!

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  34. Gosh that looks soo delicious! Can I make it? Like is it easy for someone who barely goes into the kitchen?

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  35. How yummy are these. I have never heard of this idea. I usually do not have leftover candy but if I did this would be the idea thing to do with it.

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  36. Mmm, I would devour these! Regular cookies are my weakness so I couldn't imagine how yummy these taste!!

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  37. That looks like it is going to ruin my New Years Resolutions in a really good kind of way!

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  38. OH MY! THIS LOOKS like such a great treat!! My kids will LOVE this recipe!!!

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  39. how super cute with all the bright colors. It would b so much fun to mak these cookies I can think of many times thes cookis would be the perfect sweet recipe

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  40. OMG...this is doing noting for helping me with my new year's resolution! Cookie bars are one of my favorites!

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  41. You have the best mouth watering recipes! Every time I read something new, so clever!

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  42. Yum these bars look amazing! What a creative way to use up all of the candy.

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  43. That's a lot of candy in one cookie. An explosion of flavor.

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  44. This cookie bar looks so delicious! My kids will surely love this.

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  45. I never thought to do this! This is actually a brilliant idea. I definitely need to do this, it looks so delicious!

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  46. What a great way to use up all the left over candy in a great AND sweet treat! These look yummy! My girls would love them.

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