Trick or treating with your littles can be a blast, but what do you do with all that candy?
In our small town, we have what is called a “Trunk or Treat”. The businesses and residents in town decorate the trunk of their cars on Main Street. During that time, our Volunteer Fire Department puts on a free will donation hamburger feed. It had always been a tradition for my family to go when we were children and for the first time, we got to take our two children.
With two kids ages 1 and 2, the event of trick or treating is.. entertaining to say the least. But, what do you do with all that candy? Surely they can’t eat it all before it goes bad, and if they do… you’re going to need a tall, stiff drink!
Getting to stay home with my children also gives me the opportunity to make more meals and snacks as well. I have a deep passion for baking and trying tons of new recipes and creating my own. With all of this combined, I got the idea to bake with their leftover candy.
Halloween Candy Blondies
Leftover mini candies? No problem, use them up in these delicious bars that the whole family will love!
- 1 C Butter - Melted (2 Sticks)
- 1 C Brown Sugar
- 1/2 C White Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tsp Almond extract Can use vanilla
- 2 C AP Flour
- 1 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 24 Pc Mini Halloween candy Use as many as you’d like
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place parchment paper in 8x8” pan, with enough to hang over the edges.
In a stand mixer, combine sugars and melted butter until smooth. About 2 min.
While that is going, unwrap your candies and cut them in to bite size pieces.
When the sugar and butter are smooth, add both eggs and your extract.
Once combined, remove bowl and fold in flour and salt. When baking, I usually sift my flour in just to make sure there are no lumps. It’s not necessary but helps blend better.
When batter is ready, fold in your candy pieces in gently, leaving about a handful for the top. Then place in prepared pan. Top with leftover candies.
Bake for 35-40 min. Make sure to check it at 30 min. Every oven heats differently, so always check early.
Once a tooth pick comes out clean, your bars are ready!
Cool completely, then remove from pan and cut. I did 16 pieces because of the sweetness already packed in and they are fairly tall!
When baking, I always use a “junk bowl”. Especially helpful with egg shells and candy wrappers. Clean up is a breeze!