Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

Do you realize there are only two weeks until Halloween? Honestly, I could totally live without this holiday.  I could go on and on about why I don’t love it…but I’ll spare you {you’re welcome! 😂}, and instead, I choose to make the most of it…with this recipe for Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars!

Need a way to use all that extra Halloween candy? Want dessert and don’t want to decide between cookies or a Reese’s {or snickers or twix}? Then today is your lucky day.

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

Disclaimer: this is not a health-food recipe. It’s true, sometimes I use real butter, sugar and flour {organic varieties} to make something that is purely delicious…and nutritious only for the soul. One of the main reasons I started this blog was to record our family’s recipes so that one day, when my kids are older, they have easy access to all the recipes we made together. So today I bring you a well-loved and often-enjoyed recipe from my kitchen to yours…Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! <3 If you want a healthy recipe…stuff these in these. 😉

To make the dough I simply cut my recipe for The Most Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookies in half! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it right?  Spread a little less than half of the dough in a baking dish…

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

Then comes the clincher. Take your favorite candy from your kids’ trick or treat bags {YES, you can eat as much as you want…you are raising them} and make a layer on top of the cookie dough. I used Reese’s cups this time, but have had raging success with every flavor of Hershey’s Kisses, Twix, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, etc. etc.

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

Next, take the rest of your cookie dough and completely cover the candy. If you leave a little crack you can expect to have some gooey chocolatey candy leakage occur. Another important note, be sure to leave about a half of an inch gap between your dough and the edge/side of your pan. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars puff up and fill the pan as they bake.

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

I topped these with some super-fun Halloween sprinkles (although I have left them plain)! The great thing about these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars is you can adapt them for any season! Helllllooo peppermint hugs stuffed inside of a cookie completely covered in Christmas sprinkles! 😉 Seriously the possibilities are endless!

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

Bake the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown {see below}. They will be a touch doughy {because that’s the only way to eat a cookie}, so you have to let them cool for at least 3o minutes before serving!

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

I mean seriously. If you are ever having guests over and need to make a knock-your-socks-off dessert in 30 minutes, this recipe is a total winner. It is my go-to when we’re entertaining and I don’t want to spend alllllll day in the kitchen! I mean, look at that gooey, doughy, perfectly delicious stack of cookies down there.

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

I want to take a minute and talk about balance! As you know, I make {mostly} healthy recipes, with an emphasis on the mostly. Thought for the day: if you eat nothing but McDonald’s, and for one meal one day you choose to eat a kale salad, it won’t change your life. Similarly, if you eat mostly healthy, wholesome and nutritious foods, one delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar stuffed with your favorite candy won’t derail your healthy lifestyle. Sometimes a girl just needs some cookies.

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

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Candy Stuffed Cookie Bars

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 -16 Bars

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9x9” baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugars in a standing mixer until well combined.
  4. Add egg and vanilla to the mixer and beat until combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients and beat until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  6. Add chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed through the dough .
  7. Press a little less than half of the dough into the bottom of your prepared baking pan, leaving about a ½ inch gap between the cookie dough and the side of the pan (it expands during baking)
  8. Place Reese’s cups (or any other candy of your choosing) evenly spaced on top of the first layer of dough.
  9. Top with the remaining cookie dough, making sure to completely cover the candy on both the top and sides.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
  11. Let the bars cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Use the parchment paper to life the cookie bars out of the pan, then cut into squares and serve.

Recipe Notes

*You can easily make the cookies gluten-free by substituting your favorite Gluten-Free all purpose flour for the regular flour, and choose a gluten-free candy variety!

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

Annnnnd I could literally post 5,000 photos of these cookies because I went a little photo crazy! But you know, there’s no food more photogenic {in my opinion} than a stack of ooey, gooey dessert bars!

Gluten-Free Variety: If you need a gluten-free version…simply substitute Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour for the regular flour and choose gluten-free candy!

Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

Question: How do you feel about Halloween? Love it to pieces – or – could live without it? 

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Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!

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Candy Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars! Two layers of gooey chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed with the candy of your choice! The perfect dessert recipe to use up that Halloween Candy or adapt them for any holiday!