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Steal Your Kids’ Candy to Make These Delicious Desserts

a delicious peanut butter cake drizzled with chocolate
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Let’s be serious, robbing your children’s stash of cavity-causing confections is doing them a favor. . . unless of course, it’s to bake these sweet-tooth shocking treats.

You’re pretty much guaranteed an overload of Snickers and Butterfinger bars after your kids spend hours trick-or-treating. So, after your little witches and goblins get tucked snug in their beds, snag a few chocolatey treats.

Butterfinger Cookies

A plate of cookies made with butterfingers.
Your Cup of Cake

Butterfingers are favored by many, which is why these tasty cookies made it to the top of our list. The creator of this recipe explains that you should tell your kids you made these cookies for them.

A guilt-free approach to creating more sweets in your already candy-filled home: Grab a glass of milk and enjoy each bite.

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Reese’s No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

A beautiful peanut butter cheesecake, topped with ganache, and chopped Reese's.
I Heart Naptime

Sinking your teeth into a piece of creamy cheesecake is nothing short of fantastic. While a classic New York style is lovely on its own, it’s always fun to experiment until you find your favorite slice.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a favorite all year long, but they especially lure people around this time of year. From the homemade crust, followed by a rich filling and ganache topping, this no-oven masterpiece is where it’s at.

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Monster Cookie Bars

Two chewy pieces of monster cookie bars.
Together as Family

These cookies are far from being monstrous; in fact, the only thing frightening about them is how fast they disappear. Between the oats, peanut butter, and M&M’s, these baked goodies make for a great snack or dessert.

The author describes them as soft and chewy, which sounds like the perfect Sunday treat. Get the family together to help make these fun bars, or crank the music and give yourself some “you time.”

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Twix Chocolate Layer Cake

A layered chocolate cake with caramel frosting and chopped twix bar.
Handle the Heat

If you love chocolate but want something that isn’t too sweet, we’ve got a treat for you. This Chocolate layer cake has a homemade caramel frosting and chopped Twix to create a wonderful treat.

The caramel frosting acts as a sweet sidekick to the sinfully rich cake rather than completely overpowering each bite. The crunchy Twix topping and salted caramel drizzle make for the perfect final touch.

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Snickers Bar Blondies

A plate of Snickers blondies.
Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

Snickers are another popular Halloween candy that usually leaves your kids with an excess amount. If your children know this is what you’re making with their candy bars, they’ll probably willingly hand it over.

Enjoy how the chopped candy bars melt in your mouth with each bite. You’ll be left with nothing but a smile and a happy heart.

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Halloween Candy Bark

Candy Bark made with chocolate, kit Kats , candy corn, pretzels and M&M's.
A Wicked Whisk

This Halloween Candy Bark is the perfect way to take all sorts of leftover candies and create a festive and fun treat for the kids. Kit Kats, Candy Corn, Milk Duds; you name it—each candy is a great addition to candy bark.

This recipe is easy to put together, and with a few sprinkles and edible eyeballs, it makes for a frighteningly delicious treat.

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Whoppers Malted Milk Ice Cream Cake

A large homemade ice cream cake made with whoppers candy.
Noble Pig

Have you ever tried making an ice cream cake? If not, now is your chance. In this recipe, you won’t get tasked with the process of actually making ice cream, but if you’re interested, give it a whirl.

In this recipe, you’ll mix in a few ingredients with your favorite store-bought, vanilla-flavored ice cream. With a homemade chocolate graham cracker crust, crushed whoppers, and a homemade ganache topping, you’ll fall in love with this frozen delight.

For a little extra hand-holding, take a look at the fantastic video tutorial; it’s super helpful.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Reese’s Pieces

Chocolate cookies with Reese's pieces.
Cooking with Karli

What better way to use up your surplus of Reese’s Pieces. Add them into a batch of chewy chocolate cookies that everyone will love. This recipe uses minis, but hey, we say there’s nothing wrong with a little extra peanut butter.

You can even make these now and freeze them for later and surprise your family with a little leftover Halloween excitement.

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Ready your kitchen with a little mise en place because it’s time to get baking. Enjoy these delightful desserts and reminisce on your trick-or-treating days.

Emilee Unterkoefler Emilee Unterkoefler
Emilee Unterkoefler is a freelance food writer, hiking enthusiast, and mama with over ten years of experience working in the food industry. Read Full Bio »

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