Creative Desserts from Leftover Halloween Candy

From spooky sweets to everyday treats, our easy recipes show you how to use leftover goodies to create dazzling desserts.


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Creepy Crawlers
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Creepy Crawlers

    Black licorice, M&Ms, and Skittles turn these easy cookie sandwiches into creepy sweets. To save time, use store-bought cookies and vanilla frosting.

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Mr. Pearly Whites

    Kids love this spooky treat, which features a Hostess cupcake, Fruit Roll-Ups, and assorted candies.

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Spiced Mice

    These creepy cookies are another kid favorite. Leftover chocolate candies make the eyes and nose, while crunchy chow mein noodles make cute curly tails.

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Monster Mouths

    This yummy treat is the perfect after-school snack. All you need are apples, peanut butter, and candy corn.

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Funny Frog

    With store-bought cupcakes and colorful chocolate candies, this spooky frog-inspired treat is a snap to make.

    To make it, follow these steps:

    1. Cut a Hostess Ho Ho in half and place on top of a frosted cupcake.
    2. Use melted chocolate to adhere blue mini M&Ms to each piece of Ho Ho for eyes.
    3. Place green mini M&Ms in cupcake frosting covering cupcake.
    4. Use fruit roll-ups or fruit leather to make strands of hair and a tongue.

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Silly Popcorn Treats

    Put your leftover gummy worms and candy corn to good use by whipping up a batch of mini popcorn balls.

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Frankenstein

    If you have lots of leftover candy, this friendly Frankenstein treat is the way to go. You can make it with almost anything; we like using Tootsie Rolls, M&Ms, and Smarties.

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Wicked Witch's Hat

    You can use almost any Halloween candy to decorate this treat "witch"-ever way you want. The base is popcorn, creating a salty-sweet snack that's hard to resist.

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Howling Werewolf

    This hair-raising cupcake is a frightfully fabulous treat for Halloween parties.

    To create your own Howling Werewolf cupcake:

    1. Start with frosted store-bought or homemade cupcakes.
    2. Use pieces of shredded wheat to create hair, beard, and whiskers.
    3. Press 2 mini red M&M's into the cupcake for eyes.
    4. Make a dot on each mini red M&M for the pupils.
    5. Press 2 candy corn pieces on either side of the eyes for ears.
    6. Tear off a small piece of black licorice for the nose.
    7. Use white frosting to make the mouth.
    8. Press 2 frosted sunflower kernels on each side of the mouth for fangs.

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Banana Boo Bars

    Use Halloween candies to create spooky patterns on these easy-to-make bar cookies.

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Burnt Sugar Candy Bar Cake

    Your favorite candy bars and a browned-butter cream cheese frosting top luscious cake. Cooking the sugar until it's caramelized gives the cake a rich, distinct flavor.

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Brownie Pizza

    This easy dessert pizza is chocolaty, crunchy, gooey, and delicious. Add toasted marshmallows to the mix for sticky-sweet goodness.

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Malted Milk Ball Cookies

    Malted milk balls make this delicious cookie recipe even harder to resist.

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Peanut Butter and Candy Cookies

    These tender peanut butter cookies feature a delightful chocolaty surprise. If miniature candy bars aren't available, cut regular-size bars into 1-inch squares.

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Candy-Bar Bars

    No one will ever guess that these rich cookies start with a simple cake mix. Your favorite candy bar makes a quick and easy topping.

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