The best way to use leftover candy? In these oatmeal chocolate chip candy cookies! Soft and chewy, these oatmeal cookies are packed with chocolately goodness.
Some of you might have some leftover candy from a certain holiday that just happened?
Let’s talk about that for a second. So last year when I made these trashed up shortbread bars I told you about trick-or-treating in my neighborhood. It’s kind of next level, tons of kids come and we go through lots and lots of candy, but that’s nothing compared to when my husband and I stop by my in-laws and are presented with bags of candy (including some big bars-remember how those were coveted when trick or treating years ago?)
The reason we go to my in-laws the eve of Halloween is because for the past few years my husband and I have gone to his friends’ house in Madison (a little over an hour away from us here in Milwaukee) for their Halloween party and my mother-in-law (they live 5 minutes away) likes to see our costumes before we go (it’s all very cute and Nicks sister and her husband come too). For the past few years this is what we’ve gone as:
From left to right: German couple, coloring book and crayon, cheese head (from the state farm commercial) and mouse, barista and frappachino (this one was hilarious, I was actually a ‘name fail’ because of all the funny name fails I got last year and my hubby went around with stickers and was giving everyone name fails) and this year we went as pumpkin and the math symbol Pi…get it? pumpkin pie?)
Do you get into Halloween and dress up?
Back to the cookies, these are super duper delicious and full of chocolate and candy, all nestled in an oatmeal cookie. You simply make the oatmeal cookie batter and then add in the chocolate chips and candy pieces, then bake and enjoy.
- 1 cup 2 sticks butter, unsalted, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 SNICKERS candy bars chopped
- 10 snack size Heath candy bars about 1/2 cup pieces
- Preheat oven to 350, line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside.
- In a large bowl with a hand mixer or a sand mixer cream together the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then add in the vanilla extract and beat until combined, scrape down the sides again.
- Now mix in the dry ingredients - baking soda, baking powder, salt, oats and flour and mix until incorporated.
- Next you're going to chop up the candy, you can do so by pulsating it for 5-10 seconds in a food processor or chop up the SNICKERS and Heath bars with a knife, just make sure that the candy is in small pieces, no bigger than the chocolate chips.
- Add the candy pieces and chocolate chips to the cookie batter and stir with a wooden spoon until incorporated.
- With a cookie scoop or a tablespoon form balls of cookie dough and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Repeat until cookie sheet is full and then slightly press down on the cookie balls.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookie edges start to brown. Remove from oven, let rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and allow to cool.
- Repeat making dough balls and baking until all the batter is used, then enjoy!