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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Leftover Halloween Candy Desserts

Each year after Halloween, the question appears in our minds, “Holy Cow, what am I supposed to do with all the leftover candy?!” We’re never too sure if we’ll have enough this year compared to last year because our doorbell rang more often and you’ll feel bad if you ran out too soon, right?

or

your own trick o’ treater(s) brought home tons and there are certain candies they don’t want to eat!

Well, you’re not alone, we ALL go through the same thing so here are some great recipes you can make and have no waste at all!

Check them out!

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Shortbread Candy Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened at room temperature

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt

2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned in cup and leveled

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups assorted chocolate candies or roughly chopped chocolate bars (12 ounces)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer on medium-high, cream together the butter, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl.  Mix until light and fluffy, about three minutes.  Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula a few times.

Change mixer speed to low.  Add flour in three additions and beat until combined.  The dough will be very crumbly.  Press the dough evenly in an 8-inch square baking dish.   Bake until golden brown and firm, about 30-35 minutes(My oven took 32 minutes).

Scatter chocolate chips on top of the shortbread. Place pan back in oven for 1 minute.  With the back of a spoon, spread the chocolate evenly over the surface of the shortbread.  Scatter the candies over the top.  Let the shortbread cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack.  Refrigerate briefly to allow chocolate time to set.  Cut into 16 bars.  Have a loved one hide them from you so you don’t eat them all in one day.

Makes 16 bars

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Ice Cream Snickers Pie

Ingredients:

1 pint chocolate ice cream, softened

9-in. ready-to-fill Oreo cookie crust

3 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter

1⁄2 cup caramel ice cream topping

1⁄2 cup salted peanuts

1⁄2 cup coarsely chopped Snickers Popables candy

2 pint Ben & Jerry’s “In a Crunch” ice cream

Preparation:

Spread chocolate ice cream over bottom of cookie crust. Stir peanut butter into caramel topping. Drizzle 1⁄3 cup on ice cream; sprinkle with 1⁄4 cup each peanuts and chopped candy. (Freeze until ice cream is firm.)

Top with scoops of peanut butter ice cream. Stir 1 to 2 tsp. water into remaining topping mixture; drizzle over top. Sprinkle with remaining peanuts and candy. Freeze at least 4 hours.

About 20 minutes before serving: Refrigerate pie to thaw slightly.

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Tootsie Roll Fudge

Ingredients:

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 stick unsalted butter

48 Tootsie Roll Midgees (about 2 cups)

1 cup crushed sugar snaps (or similar crisp ginger cookie)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup coarsely ground pecans

Method:

Coat a 9-inch square cake pan with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, add sweetened condensed milk, butter, and Tootsie Rolls. Stir continuously until butter and candy are completely melted and mixture is thick and smooth. Remove from heat.

Add crushed ginger snaps, vanilla extract, and pecans. Using a rubber spatula, mix until well blended.

Pour fudge into the prepared pan. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate until firm, at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.

Slice into 7 equal rows to create 49 square pieces. It's a good idea to use a ruler to ensure equal size pieces. Fudge can be made up to a week in advance and refrigerated.

Makes 49 pieces

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Death by Chocolate Trifle 

Ingredients:

4 packages instant chocolate pudding or mousse mix (plus milk to make the pudding)

1 large container whipped topping

1 box (18.5 ounce size) chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare

1 cup Kahlua

6 chocolate covered toffee candy bars, chopped

Method:

Prepare box cake mix as directed or your prepare your own chocolate cake recipe and bake in a 9 x 13-inch pan. When done, remove from the oven, poke holes in the cake and pour Kahlua over the cake. Let cool.

Meanwhile prepare the pudding or mousse. Tear or crumble the cake into pieces. In a glass or trifle bowl, layer in this order: Cake, pudding, whipped topping and candy bars. Repeat layers ending with chopped candy bars on top. Chill well.

Serves 12

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Nutter Butterfinger Bars

Ingredients:

16 oz. package Nutter Butter sandwich cookies, crushed

1/2 cup butter, melted

14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

7–1/2 ounces peanut butter cups (about 25 miniature cups), coarsely chopped

4 ounces Butterfinger candy (about 7 small candy bars), coarsely chopped

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup honey–roasted peanuts

1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut

Method:

Preheat oven to 350° F.

Combine crushed cookies and butter in a medium bowl. Press crumb mixture into bottom of a greased aluminum foil–lined 13″ x 9″ pan (allow foil to extend over sides of pan).

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (leave oven on after removing baked crust).

Meanwhile, combine condensed milk, peanut butter, and vanilla in a medium bowl, stirring until smooth.

Sprinkle chopped candy bars, chocolate morsels, peanuts, and coconut over baked crust. Drizzle condensed milk mixture over the toppings.

Return the pan to oven and bake for 27–30 minutes (or until lightly browned).

Remove to a wire rack, allow to cool in pan. Use foil to lift uncut brownies out of pan. Peel foil away from sides of uncut brownies, and cut into bars. Makes 28 small or 18 large bars.

Baker’s note: I omitted the peanuts and coconut when I made this.

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What do you think? Find anything you’d think you can use up your leftovers? I hope so…

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