Get Rid of Halloween Candy With These Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m on a mission to get rid of all the Halloween candy in my house. We made Halloween bark the other day, and I baked a bunch of these gluten-free peanut butter cookies today. They’re packed with Halloween candy, including M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Ways, 3 Musketeers, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Hershey bars.

I’ll be honest: One bite of these gluten-free Halloween cookies was more than enough for me. I’m not a big chocolate fan, and other than the occasional peanut butter cup or salted caramel, I don’t really like candy.

My kids loved these cookies, though. I’m pretty sure they’ll try to eat them for breakfast if I don’t hide them.

I already mentioned some of the candy bars that I used, but you can use pretty much any kind of chocolate candy. I don’t think Skittles, Twizzlers, Starburst, or any similar treats would work well in this gluten-free cookie recipe, but that’s just my opinion.

Start by coarsely chopping your Halloween candy. You can also have your kids break the candy bars in chunks. That’s what I had mine do while I chopped up Butterfingers and Snickers bars.

 

 

You can chop the M&Ms if you want, but we left those alone.

Set aside your chopped-up Halloween candy and prepare your gluten-free cookie batter. Add your peanut butter first, then stir in brown sugar until well blended.

Add sea salt and baking soda, then add an egg. Stir quickly until you have a thick, glossy mixture.

 

 

Stir in plenty of Halloween candy.

 

 

Let’s hope my dentist never sees this picture. Hey, no worries though…my family uses an awesome natural toothpaste.

Refrigerate your dough for a couple hours. This keeps the cookies from spreading all over the place while you bake them.

Place giant globs of refrigerated cookie dough on a baking sheet. I like to put 6 cookies on each sheet.

If you prefer, you can make smaller cookies. I just find it easier to make big gluten-free cookies because this dough is loaded with so much candy.

 

 

Bake your gluten-free cookies for 9 or 10 minutes, then let them cool for at least 15 minutes.

Here’s what my peanut butter cookies looked like fresh from the oven:

 

 

Wait, let’s get a closer look at these gluten-free peanut butter cookies with Halloween candy:

 

 

After these cookies cool, they have crispy exteriors and gooey interiors. Just the way I like them! Well, just the way I like other cookies. lol

As you can see, I didn’t let them cool for long enough. That’s why you should wait at least 15 minutes like I mentioned earlier. I waited like 3 minutes because my son kept asking for a cookie.

 

 

These kid-approved cookies are packed with high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. I recommend hiding in your bedroom while your kids eat them because they’re probably going to go crazy a few minutes later. Or maybe that’s just my kids.

 

 

Ready to make your own gluten-free peanut butter cookies with Halloween candy? Here’s my printable, Pinnable recipe:

Get Rid of Halloween Candy With These Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
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Find a tasty home for leftover Halloween candy when you bake these gluten-free peanut butter cookies loaded with chocolate treats.
Servings Prep Time
6 to 10 people 5 to 7 minutes
Cook Time
9 to 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 to 10 people 5 to 7 minutes
Cook Time
9 to 10 minutes
Get Rid of Halloween Candy With These Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Print Recipe
Find a tasty home for leftover Halloween candy when you bake these gluten-free peanut butter cookies loaded with chocolate treats.
Servings Prep Time
6 to 10 people 5 to 7 minutes
Cook Time
9 to 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 to 10 people 5 to 7 minutes
Cook Time
9 to 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine peanut butter, honey (if using), and brown sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
  2. Add baking soda, sea salt, and egg. Beat until the cookie dough becomes thick and glossy.
  3. Add chocolate candy and mix gently to combine.
  4. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 to 2 hours. If you skip this step, your cookies will spread like crazy during the baking process.
  5. Lightly spray a cooking sheet with coconut oil, if desired (if you use a really oily peanut butter, you might be able to skip this step). Place 6 to 8 cookies on a tray. This recipe makes 8 to 10 cookies.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 or 10 minutes. Your cookies won't look done when you take them out, but let them cool for a bit and they'll be fine. Top with a dash of sea salt and enjoy!
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12 thoughts on “Get Rid of Halloween Candy With These Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies

  • November 3, 2017 at 9:35 am
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    Wow! This looks mouthwatering! My son has so much left over candy and absolutely loves M&M’s. He would love this!

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  • November 3, 2017 at 10:52 am
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    Wow…! all of these looks so delicious and mouthwatering! I would love to have cookies in my breakfast. I love it.

    Thank You,
    Rahul Sharma

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  • November 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm
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    I so didn’t need help getting rid of Halloween candy, but those cookies look amazing! I would love to make these, my kids would probably love them too!

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  • November 3, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    You don’t like candy? 😮 I love candy and sweets but I notice that as I age, I’m liking it less and getting sugar-overdrive from a few bites. These cookies look amazing though and I do want to try them out!

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  • November 4, 2017 at 8:30 am
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    Although we don’t eat entirely gluten free, I do try to whenever possible and this is a great treat to give my kids on a rare occasion. And I would love to see this Halloween candy go away.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 5:34 am
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    This is prefect. My daughter best friend can’t eat gluten and it was difficult making her treat for Halloween. I found somethings, but I will certainly share this with her parents and Make Some the next time she visit.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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    I live alone but now I’m going candy shopping while it’s on sale, lol. I’ve got to try these, I love cookies to death. And candy although I don’t buy it too often.

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  • November 5, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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    These look super yummy and like the perfect way to repurpose all that extra Halloween candy! I have tons! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  • November 5, 2017 at 11:31 pm
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    THis is such a smart idea! I can’t believe I didn’t do this when i was a kid, there was always a point when it was becoming a battle to finish the last bit of candy!

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  • November 6, 2017 at 1:01 am
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    What a great idea with leftover candy. I have bags of extra candy and I’ll have to try these cookies out.

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