Bake Cookies With Your Leftover Halloween Candy

| 3/5/2015 10:29:00 AM

Erin SheehanI poked around in our “junk drawer” last week to discover a bag of Kit Kat candy bars left over from Halloween stuffed in the back. Uh oh! Jim and I don’t usually eat candy, so I had to think about what to do with it. I decided to use it in a cookie recipe, because we DO eat cookies!

Scrounging around in my pantry, I also found an extra vanilla pudding mix that I had bought for a planned pumpkin trifle that I never made. I remembered seeing a chocolate chip cookie recipe that called for pudding mix so decided to try to mix them up with the candy. They came out terrific.


We shared them with friends and neighbors and never told anyone that the candy was left over from October! This is the recipe I used:

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 (3.5 ounces) package instant vanilla (or other flavor) pudding mix
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups white flour (can substitute up to 1/2 whole wheat)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup candy, cut into small pieces