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Candy Stuffed Cookies

October 7, 2015 by Michelle

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Perfect post Halloween cookies

I adore Halloween. I don’t think I can share how much.

Some of it is the dressing up, some is the community spirit, but a lot of it? It’s the trick or treating and the candy.

Around here, this is all a serious business. In my old neighborhood, we would have over 350 kids trick or treat at our house (yes, my husband keeps track every year), and we would end up with boatloads of candy.

Last year, I made some amazing candy bar cookie brownies, but this year I have something different up my sleeve. I made these oh my WORD delicious candy stuffed cookies.

These are Big Girl Cookies, made in a muffin tin with the candy hidden inside so it’s a special treat you aren’t expecting.

Inside of giant stuffed cookies

The best part is that they aren’t hard to make, and it’s a great way to use some of the candy in a different way than eating it straight.

Best of all? These freeze beautifully, so you can enjoy some now and then pull some out in a couple weeks to remind yourself how good they really tasted.

My biggest word of caution is to not overbake these. You will think that they aren’t done and want to leave them in the oven longer. Dont. Do. It.

Yummy giant candy stuffed cookies

Take them out of the oven, as they will continue cooking in the muffin tin. Trust me on this.

How to Make Giant Candy Stuffed Cookies

These giant candy stuffed cookies are such a fun treat, and they’re just as easy to make as they are to eat. You start out making my favorite super soft chocolate chip cookie dough, just like you would any other cookies, creaming the butter and sugar, adding eggs and vanilla and beating, adding dry ingredients, then the chocolate chips.

Making cookie dough

This makes 30 of the giant stuffed cookies, so you’ll need 15 fun size candy bars. Use a sharp knife to cut them in half.

Cut your Nestle fun size candy bars in half

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Use full size muffin tins, and I’m glad I did. They weren’t too big, which was my original fear, and the size allowed for a perfect hiding of the candy bars. You want your muffin tins greased to ensure the giant stuffed cookies come out easily when you’re ready to remove them.

Using your cookie scoop, add one scoop to each of the bottoms of the muffin tins. Place half a fun size candy bar atop each dollop of dough and press down so it is into the dough but not all the way to the bottom.

Add candy bars to first cookie scoop

Using your small scoop, add a second (smaller) scoop of cookie dough to each of the spots in your muffin tins.

Add small scoop over cookies

Gently press down on the cookie dough ball so that it flattens enough to cover the candy bar. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but they look better when you have gotten the dough all around the candy bar so they’re truly candy stuffed cookies with the candy bar hidden inside.

Pat down cookie tops before baking

Bake at 325 degrees for 19-21 minutes. Do not overbake.

These will be less done looking than cookies generally are, but that’s ok. Because you are going to leave them in the muffin tins for another ten minutes, they’ll continue to bake.

You want them to stay soft and not be hard and crunchy when you bite into them, so you can’t bake them all the way in the oven. Just trust me on this one.

After your giant candy stuffed cookies have cooled in the muffin tins for 10 minutes, carefully remove them and place them on a cookie rack to cool the rest of the way.

They need that ten minutes of cooling to set up properly. If you try to remove them too quickly, they’ll fall apart (and you’ll have to eat them immediately).

Candy bar stuffed cookies cooling on the rack

Store in an airtight container on your counter for three to five days.

What are you favorite recipes for your Halloween candy?

More great leftover candy recipes:

Candy Stuffed Cookies

Candy Stuffed Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These cute muffin size cookies have a secret treasure inside and are so soft and chewy and absolutely delicious. Great way to use "extra" Halloween candy.

Ingredients

  • 1 c unsalted butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3 c flour
  • 2 c chocolate chips
  • 30 fun size candy bars

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add eggs and vanilla and beat again.
  3. Add baking soda and salt and stir well to combine. Add flour, mixing until just combined, then add the chocolate chips and stir to distribute.
  4. Cut 15 fun size candy bars in half.
  5. Grease full size muffin tins (enough for 30 candy bar stuffed cookies). Using a cookie scoop, add one scoop to each of the bottoms of the muffin tins.
  6. Place half a fun size candy bar atop each dollop of dough and press down so it is into the dough but not all the way to the bottom.
  7. Use a small scoop to add a second (smaller) scoop of dough to each cookie.
  8. Gently press down on the cookie dough ball to flatten enough to cover the candy bar.
  9. Bake at 325 degrees for 19-21 minutes. Do not overbake. These will be less done looking than cookies generally are.
  10. Cool in the muffin tins for 10 minutes, then carefully remove them and place on a cookie rack to cool the rest of the way.
  11. Store in an airtight container on your counter for three to five days.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 29mg Sodium: 95mg Carbohydrates: 34g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 23g Protein: 2g
This site uses an outside source to provide nutrition. If you need exact details, please calculate yourself.
Delicious giant stuffed cookies

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  • kristen


    i am starving now! these look so delicious!!

  • Camile


    These cookies look and sound amazing!! We always have tons of leftover candy so this year I will use some of it for this recipe. Thanks for sharing your tips. I’m still pretty new to trick or treating and because it has rained the last few years we’ve only managed to stay out for 30 minutes. This year we are hoping for better weather so these tips will come in handy!

  • Kristy


    Those cookies look AMAZING! #client

  • Amanda


    Oh man, these are my kind of cookies! I need to make these NOW!

    Amanda | thedeerandthewolf.com

  • Ros Emely@stressfreemommies


    Wow those cookies look so delicious! A perfect treat for a busy mom 🙂

  • Chanelle


    I love using our Halloween candy to pre make cookies for the holidays.

  • Claire


    Yum these look SO good! And I love Stouffer’s!

  • Vi Dotter


    I love your lead in story to this yummy post! So hard to do – but makes it even more memorable. What is food without the memories/stories that goes with it? And they are always talking about extending your post lengths – you did a grand job with all the visuals, too! Looks so easy – very excited to try.

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