Trick-or-treating and loading up on sweet treats with the kids is fun while it lasts, but when about weeks later when bags are still piled high with chocolate and candy bars? There are a number of things you can do with Halloween candy leftovers, including using them in a number of terrific recipes. Use these simple ideas to turn your old Halloween candy into something new and delicious.
- Cook your candy into a delicious Halloween cake with this recipe. You can use whatever candy you like or have lying around and this will still be great.Halloween Candy CakeIngredients* 1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
* 3/4 cup flour
* 6 eggs
* 2 egg yolks
* 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
* 1/2 cup butter
* 5 tablespoon powdered sugar
* 1/2 cup whipping cream
* 5 1.8-ounce packages Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, finely chopped
* 1 1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
* 3 tablespoon light brown sugar
* 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
* 3 2.1-ounce Butterfinger bars, cut into 3/4-inch wedges
* 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces
1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
2. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
3. Grind nuts and 3/4 cup flour in processor until fine.
4. Using mixer, beat eggs, yolks, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until mixture whitens and triples in volume.
5. Fold in nut mixture.
6. Divide batter between prepared pans and smooth tops.
7. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
8. Cool cakes in pans on rack.
Filling and Topping
1. Blend peanut butter, butter and sugar in processor until smooth.
2. With machine running, add cream through feed tube and blend until mixture is light and fluffy.
3. Invert cakes onto work surface.
4. Using serrated knife, cut each cake into 2 layers.
5. Place 1 cake layer on platter, cut side up.
6. Spread with 1/3 of filling and sprinkle with 1/3 of chopped peanut butter cups.
7. Top with second cake layer, cut side down.
8. Continue layering with remaining filling, peanut butter cups and cake, ending with cake, cut side down.
9. For topping, beat cream, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until almost stiff. Transfer 1/2 cup to small bowl and reserve for garnish.
10. Spread remaining whipped cream over top and sides of cake.
11. Press nuts around base of cake forming a 1.5-inch high border.
12. Cover top of cake with Butterfingers leaving 1/2-inch border.
13. Spoon reserved whipped cream into pastry bag fitted with medium star tip; pipe stars around top edge.
14. Garnish with Reese’s Pieces.
- Mix up your cupcakes and cookies. Crush or chunk your favorite candy and add them to your next batch of cookies or brownies. You can also chop up mini bars and use as a garnish for cupcakes and cake. Have leftover Almond Joy? Try this Betty Crocker Almond Joy Cake that is quick and easy. For a special treat, stuff mini peanut butter cups into the center of your cupcakes. Drop one in each cupcake while the batter is wet, before going into the oven. It’s a surprise all your samplers will love.
- Cook up a storm with great candy-themed recipes. Snickers apple salad, an unusual dessert, is a great way to branch out to something new and different. Or you can play it safe with a candy bar pie that is loaded with peanut butter, cream cheese, chocolate chips and your favorite candy bar.
- Transition quickly from one holiday to the next. Melt down any milk, dark or white chocolate to create your favorite fruit, nut or peppermint bark for the winter holidays. This almond bark recipe is a good place to start.