Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars

| November 5, 2019 | 5 Comments

Not sure what do to with leftover Halloween candy and bars? How about making these Candy Cookie Bars! Your can substitute a few bars with some candy corn, M & M, Smarties, and more! Ask the kids to help you make them and enjoy family time together. At the same time, talk about the ancient meaning of giving out candy on Halloween or trick-or-treating. Do you know why we do this?

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Candy Cookie Bars

Why People Give Out Candy On Halloween

The roots of this tradition runs back much further than children getting candy from neighbours. Originally known as Samhain (pronounced sow-en), this day celebrated the last day of autumn and prepared the ancient Celtic pagans for the cold and arduous winter months to come.

It used to hold that the day started at sunset and ended the following sunset. Samhain started at sunset October thirty-first and ended sunset November first. It involved a great feast, a parade, a bonfire, and sacrifices to the deities of the Otherworld that no spirits harm their families. It was thought to be that during this time those trapped in the bodies of Animals were released into their next incarnation. The masks and costumes were worn to hide one from vengeful souls. Food (treats) were left on the front doorstep that the vengeful souls may deflect to another house and not cause harm to their families.

All Souls Day

However, in an attempt to “cover up” any pagan roots of the major Sabbats (pagan holidays) around 800 AD, Pope Boniface IV designated the first as “All Saint’s Day” and the thirty-first as “All Hallows Eve”. 200 years later, the second of November became known as “All Souls Day”, a celebration similar to Samhain. A bonfire, costumes, and parade were celebrated once again. Samhain was sort of revived, except this time the poor of England would beg for food. In an attempt to help the poor, a pastry was created called a “soul cake” and was given to the poor that they might pray for the families dead relatives.

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Candy Cookie Bars

Soul Cakes

The processing and distribution of these “soul cakes” were highly encouraged by the Church to replace the tradition of leaving food for the new incarnates. This became known as “going-a-souling” and the children highly anticipated going from house to house collecting food, money, and drink. When the English settled in America, obviously the tradition stuck. Even today, children are going from door to door, unknowingly collecting their “soul cakes” and unknowingly are sparking up an ancient pagan tradition.

Know that next time a child comes knocking at your door asking “trick or treat”, you can think “going-a-souling” and take pride that such an ancient tradition made it through over twelve-hundred years of persecution. Also note that all of the “changes” really did not make an impact on many of the original traditions!

Next Halloween, when you’re passing out soul cakes (candy) for prayers, do some reading into what the ancient ways are really all about!

I hope you enjoyed my Candy Cookie Bars Recipe as much as my family and myself did! If you make it, please share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter! Also, check out all of our other Halloween Recipes!

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, soft (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 25 mini (or 9 full size) candy bars (you can use candy corn, M & M, Smarties too)
  • 9 x 9 in baking pan
  • baking spray
  • parchment paper
  • small bowl
  • electric mixer/ mixing bowl
  • Spoon
Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Candy Cookie Bars

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Line the baking pan with parchment paper.

3. Lightly coat the parchment paper lined pan.

4. Set aside.

5. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

6. Using the electric mixer cream together butter and both sugars until they are combined.

7. Slowly add the egg and vanilla to the bowl beating until completely combined.

8. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time to the wet ingredients beating until they are thoroughly blended.

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Add chocolate chip stirring to combine and mix within the dough.

9. Add chocolate chip stirring to combine and mix within the dough.

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Add chocolate chip stirring to combine and mix within the dough.

10. Divide the dough in half. Press one half into the bottom of the baking pan with your hands. (Leave 1/2 inch gap around the edges of the pan).

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Divide the dough in half. Press one half into the bottom of the baking pan with your hands.

11. Unwrap the candy bars. Begin placing them evenly spaced on the top of the first layer of the dough.

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Unwrap the candy bars. Begin placing them evenly spaced on the top of the first layer of the dough.

12. Top this with the remaining dough.

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars

13. Cover the candy on the first layer. (Both top and sides)

14. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. (Or until the top is golden brown)

15. Remove from the oven. Set aside the pan. Allow the bars to cool for 30 minutes.

16. Lift the bars out of the pan by using the parchment paper.

17. Cut into squares.

18. Serve.

Candy Cookie Bars Recipe Using Leftover Halloween Candy Bars
Candy Cookie Bars
Candy Cookie Bars Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: bars, candy, halloween
Servings: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter soft (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 25 mini or 9 full size candy bars (you can use candy corn, M & M, Smarties too)
  • 9 x 9 in baking pan
  • baking spray
  • parchment paper
  • small bowl
  • electric mixer/ mixing bowl
  • Spoon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line the baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. Lightly coat the parchment paper lined pan.
  4. Set aside.
  5. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Using the electric mixer cream together butter and both sugars until they are combined.
  7. Slowly add the egg and vanilla to the bowl beating until completely combined.
  8. Add the dry ingredients a little at a time to the wet ingredients beating until they are thoroughly blended.
  9. Add chocolate chip stirring to combine and mix within the dough.
  10. Divide the dough in half. Press one half into the bottom of the baking pan with your hands. (Leave 1/2 inch gap around the edges of the pan).
  11. Unwrap the candy bars. Begin placing them evenly spaced on the top of the first layer of the dough.
  12. Top this with the remaining dough.
  13. Cover the candy on the first layer. (Both top and sides)
  14. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. (Or until the top is golden brown)
  15. Remove from the oven. Set aside the pan. Allow the bars to cool for 30 minutes.
  16. Lift the bars out of the pan by using the parchment paper.
  17. Cut into squares.
  18. Serve.

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Category: Desserts, Food, Halloween, Recipes, Snacks

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Shirley says:

    I did not know about the going-a-souling The recipe looks delicious

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I don’t think there’s ever any left-over candy in this house, only candy no one likes. I’m hoping my grandkids will give this to those who do like what we don’t. Though I’m British I’d not heard of “soul cakes” etc before, that all made for interesting reading. BTW today is also a big day Guy Fawkes Day in England.

  3. This is such an awesome idea. I have plenty left over to try this with.

  4. hmrcarlson says:

    We always have candy left over so this would definitely be a yummy way to use it up!

  5. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    Thanks It was a rainy windy night in Nova Scotia this year so I have lots of bars left over. Will try and use them in my baking.

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