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:
How do you get rid of your kids’ Halloween candy?