Trick or Treat Cookies

Halloween was almost a week ago and I have the perfect solution for all that leftover candy. If you truly indulged in all the Halloween goodness and don’t have any leftover candy, (not judging, not judging…), I just got word that Target has their candy at least 70 percent off right now. And you will need them for these cookies, because they are amazing.

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Farrah’s Treat or Treat Cookies

Recipe makes 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup (one stick) of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cup of Halloween candy, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)

Cream the softened butter (I like to just mush the stick a bit with a rolling pin), white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. 

Beat in the egg, then stir in the vanilla.


Dissolve the baking soda in hot water and add to the batter with the salt.

cookieaddGrab your favorite Halloween candy. I chose chocolate bars, but you could really use just about anything, as long as the flavors mix well.

cookiecandyUnwrap and chop the candy. Whatever chopper you use, the candy is probably going to gunk it up. So I recommend just breaking out the cutting board and knife and chopping it up that way. cookiecandymix

Stir in the flour and chopped candy into the batter.


Drop large spoonfuls onto parchment or silmat covered baking sheets. As you can see, I used both. [Friendly warning: Wax paper is not the same as parchment. Don’t do that.]


Bake for about 10-12 minutes until the edges are nicely browned.


Perfection! They’re absolutely delicious. And of course you can mix with whatever candy you’d like. You can keep it simple and only add Reese’s or Hershey bars. You can get crazy and add every different kind of candy you have. You can do candy corn. You can do anything!

Big seal of approval from the little one, who ate one with some milk after a cup of blueberries …and then he took a big poop.

Can’t wait to hear what you guys think! I’m thinking this is worthy of an annual after-Halloween tradition.

Published by Farrah

Farrah Alexander is a writer whose work focuses on feminism, parenting, social justice, politics, and current events. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, BUST, and Scary Mommy. Her commentary has been discussed in Scientific American, Buzzfeed, Refinery 29, Yahoo, Hello Giggles, Woke Sloth, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Perez Hilton, Daily Mail, BBC, and others. Her debut book RAISE THE RESISTANCE: A Mother's Guide to Practical Activism is forthcoming from Mango set to release in the Fall of 2020. As an advocate for gun reform, she previously served on the board of Whitney/Strong, a non-profit founded by mass shooting survivor Whitney Austin. She now is a member of the Everytown Author's Council, which was designed to "harness the power of the literary community to amplify the gun safety movement." She lives outside Louisville, Ky. with her husband, son, and daughter.

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