I’ve never been a big fan of Halloween 🎃, probably in part because I’m not a big candy person. I have a vague memory of an incident involving a fairy costume, a few too many butterfingers, and a night spent full of regret. Since that fateful day, I’ve been less than enthusiastic for Hallows’ eve.
This year, however, is very different because my daughter is big enough to dress up👻 ! Last year, she was just a little squishy rolly poly, but now she’s a full blown toddler who loves walking around outside, and getting presents. Translation – I’m super excited for Halloween! I’m even making (trying so hard) her costume, although I’m nowhere near crafty. She’s going to be the cutest little cartoon character, Catbug. If you’ve never seen Catbug before, check out this video!
The Halloween fever hit me too late to do any fun themed posts, so I’m skipping to a post-Halloween use-all-the-leftover-candy recipe! We inevitably always have leftover candy after the big night, especially last year. It was pouring rain☔, and felt like the only rain we got all year. There were still a few brave trick-or-treaters, and they were rewarded with oodles of candy 🍬🍬🍬. Even still, we had bags of leftovers.
Since cookies are one of my favorite things, and we weren’t keen on eating handfuls of candy, putting the leftovers into some basic cookie dough seemed like the best way to enjoy it! I used espresso flavor to balance out the sweetness of the candy, and the bitterness of coffee to calm the sugar tsunami to a more manageable wave 🌊. If your family has some extra trick-or-treat goodies after Saturday, give these cookies a try!
- 3/4 c butter, melted
- 3/4 c brown sugar
- 1/3 c sugar
- 1 t vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 t baking soda
- 2 t instant espresso powder
- 1/2 t salt
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 2 c chocolate candy, chopped and frozen (freezing helps prevent the candy from melting all over and making a mess)
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Mix the butter, sugars, and vanilla together until smooth.
- Add the egg and egg yolk and mix until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combined the baking soda, salt and flour.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until just combined.
- Mix in the chopped candy.
- Loosely form large balls of dough, place on greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the tops are barely turning golden brown.