leftover halloween candy recipe

Heath Bar Cupcakes

Heath Bar Cupcakes

Heath Bar Cupcakes

Swamped by leftover Halloween candy I wanted to find a way to use some of it up. I have a dinner tonight and I am bringing dessert. Adding crushed up Heath candy bars to a classic vanilla cupcake seemed like a great idea. The cupcakes came out just right. Then I made a simple vanilla buttercream. I frosted the cupcakes and added a sprinkle of crumbled Heath Bars to finish them off. Pretty and tasty, too. If you are looking for a way to re-purpose some of the leftover candy you might want to try this recipe. I used a small food processor to crush up the candy bars. That worked out really well.

 

 

 

 

Heath Bar Cupcakes

¾ cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup half and half
2/3 c. crushed Heath bar candy bars, plus extra for topping the cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 12paper liners. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cupcakes are done when they springs back to the touch. Frost cooled cupcakes with vanilla frosting and sprinkle with a little crushed Heath bar. Makes12.

Vanilla Buttercream

10 T. softened butter
1½ c. powdered sugar
2 t. vanilla extract

Beat butter and powdered sugar together until smooth. Add vanilla and beat until fluffy. Makes enough to frost 12 cupcakes.

Halloween Candy Mini Cheesecakes

Kit Kat Mini Cheesecake

Kit Kat Mini Cheesecake

Due to really cold, wet weather I found myself with a lot of leftover Halloween candy. I needed to make a dessert for a dinner later tonight so I decided to  use the candy in the dessert. I came up with a couple of ideas and wanted to share them with you. The first idea I came up with was mini cheesecakes. I’ve made them before so I used my recipe and just folded in crushed candy bars. Once the cheesecakes cool they deflate a little so I also added some crushed candy bars to the top to make them look nice. Only change from the original recipe was a slight decrease in sugar to compensate for the extra sweetness of the candy. I used what I had leftover, but I am sure a lot of different candy bars would work. I used a small food processor to really crush up the candy bars. I made 2 batches, one with cookies and cream candy bars and the other with Kit Kat bars.

 

 

 

Halloween Candy Mini Cheesecakes

12 vanilla wafers
2 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. sugar
2 t. vanilla
2 eggs

2/3 c. crushed candy bars plus 1/4 c. crushed candy bar, for topping

 

Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners. Place 1 wafer in each. Beat together remaining ingredients (except candy)  for 1 minute with electric mixer. Fold in candy. Divide this mixture in the muffin tins, filling each 3/4 full. Bake 25 minutes at 325 degrees. Cool and decorate with extra crushed candy. Makes 12. These can be frozen.

Cookies and Creme Mini Cheesecakes

Cookies and Creme Mini Cheesecakes

Leftovers

Leftovers