Not sure what to do with all your leftover halloween candy? Load up these chewy and gooey cookie bars!
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup light or dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
- Chocolate-based leftover Halloween candy
- Before you start, make sure your candy is cold. Place it in the fridge for about an hour before baking.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Combine the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Cream together the melted butter , peanut butter, and sugars until smooth. This can be done with a hand mixer, stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or a whisk.
- Mix in the molasses, vanilla, and eggs. Scrape down the bowl and mix again.
- Toss in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- At this point, you can fold in the chocolate chips (optional) or instead/also mix in chopped up Halloween candy. I mixed in a combo of chocolate chips and M&M’s.
- Press the dough into the pan and press in your chilled Halloween candy. Add as much as you like, but be careful not to crowd the bars too much.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes. The edges should be slightly puffed up and golden brown and the center should be dull and golden.
- Let the bars cool completely before digging in. The edges are nice and chewy/soft while the center is extra gooey. Store in the refrigerator.
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