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Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Leftover Halloween candy cookie bars

Every year once Halloween is over, that bowl of leftover candy sits in the cabinet. Usually it doesn’t last long because I have no will power and will eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then I’ll have Rick take some to work  to get it out of the house. These Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars are the perfect and most delicious way to use up that candy!

 

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temp
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • leftover Halloween candy (I find that the chocolate based works best – no gummy or sour candies)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or spray really well with nonstick baking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl (I used my Kitchen Aid), mix together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamed together.
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
  6. Add in the flour mixture (dry ingredients) into the wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  7. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips. (If you have M&Ms you can use those too!)
  8. Spread the cookie dough on the prepared baking tray, pressing down until firm.
  9. Bake until golden brown (about 20 minutes)
  10. While the cookie dough bakes, unwrap your chocolate candy and break into chunks.
  11. When the cookie dough is done baking, remove from the oven. Press the chocolate candy pieces into the top of the cookie dough while still warm. We had leftover googly eye sprinkles so I sprinkled those on too.
  12. Allow to cool completely, then cut and serve.

 

Leftover Halloween Candy cookie Bars

 

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

Leftover Halloween candy cookie bars

Leftover Halloween Candy Cookie Bars

This is the perfect recipe to use up all that leftover Halloween candy.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or M&M's
  • leftover Halloween candy roughly chopped (choclated based works best, no gummies)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a baking dish with parchment pray or spray with nonstick baking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
  • In a separate bowl (I used my Kithchen Aid) mix together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamed together.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla to the butter sugar mixture, mixing well.
  • Add the dry ingredients (flour mixture) into the wet ingredients, and stir until combined.
  • Sprinkle in the chocolate chips or M &Ms
  • Spread the cookie dough into the prepared baking dish, pressing down until firm.
  • Bake until golden brown (about 20-25 minutes).
  • While the cookie dough bakes, unwrap your Halloween candies and chop or break into chunks.
  • When the cookie dough is done baking, remove from oven. Press the chocolate pieces into the top of the cookie while still warm. We had leftover googly eye sprinkles so I sprinkled those on as well.
  • Allow to completely cool, then cut and serve.

For more Halloween ideas check out:

Halloween Yogurt Bark

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

Boo Your Friends and Neighbors

 

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Easy fall sheet pan dinner

Easy Fall Sheet Pan Dinner

Who loves an easy sheet pan dinner? I do! It’s quick to prepare and not a whole lotta cleanup. I shared this recipe over on my Instagram earlier this week as a sponsorship with BJ’s and decided it needs a permanent spot here since it is just THAT GOOD! This is the perfect easy weeknight dinner with the warm flavors of fall your whole family will love! Below I’m sharing my Easy Fall Sheet Pan Dinner.

 

Easy Fall Sheet Pan Dinner

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 cups of fresh brussels sprouts sliced in half (We used Wellsley Farms)
  • 2 cups of diced butternut squash or sweet potatoes
  • 4 apples, chopped (I used Wellsley Farms Gala or you can do Honeycrisp)
  • 1 loaf of Wellsley Farms fresh bread cut into chunks
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Take a large sheet pan and line with aluminum foil, then lightly spray with cooking spray.
  2. Arrange the chicken, chopped veggies and apples on the sheet pan.
  3. Sprinkle on spices
  4. Add dabs of butter on the tops of the chicken, veggies and apples
  5. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
  6. Take the sheet pan out of the oven and add the chunks of bread on top.
  7. Place back in the oven and bake until golden brown.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

 

Easy Fall Sheet Pan Dinner

Easy fall sheet pan dinner

 

Easy Fall Sheet Pan Dinner

Easy fall sheet pan dinner

This sheet pan dinner is the perfect weeknight meal! It's easy to prepare, hardly any clean up and has all the comforting flavors of fall. Your whole family will love it!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pack boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups brussels sprouts sliced in half
  • 2 cups butternut squash or sweet potatoes diced
  • 4 apples (I used Gala or Honeycrisp)
  • 1 loaf fresh bread cut into chunks
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Take a large sheet pan and line with aluminum foil, then lightly spray wtih cooking spray
  • Arrange the chicken, chopped veggies and apples on the sheet pan.
  • Sprinkle on spices
  • Add dabs of butter on the tops of the chicken, veggies and apples.
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes
  • Take the sheet pan out of the oven and add the chunks of fresh bread on top.
  • Place back in the oven and bake until golden.
  • Serve and enjoy!

For more easy dinner ideas check out

Easy Weeknight Chicken Sausage Pasta

Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

 

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Weeknight Chicken Sausage Pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

This is such an easy weeknight meal and pure comfort food without being too heavy! I usually make enough for leftovers to have for lunch the next day. Chicken sausage with warm creamy pasta and peppery arugula topped with fresh Parmesan cheese (I use mozzarella for the boys because they don’t like “stinky cheese”).  Sharing my recipe below.

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Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

Weeknight chicken sausage pasta

5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta (I used shells because that's the boy's favorite)
  • olive oil (for heating the pan)
  • 2 packages roasted red pepper chicken sausage (I used alfesco brand) cut into rounds
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 1/2 bottle Annie's goddess dressing
  • parmesean cheese

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot, start to boil your water for pasta.
  • While your water is boiling, in a separate pan, heat a little olive oil and start to brown your sausage. Remove from heat once browned and set aside.
  • Once water comes to a boil, add your pasta and cook until al dente, then drain.
  • After draining your pasta, remove the pot from heat and add in pasta and sausage. Add a little oilve oil if needed so that the pasta doesn't stick together.
  • Mix in arugula and it will begin to wilt.
  • Stir in Goddess dressing (add more to taste if you wish).
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve!
Keyword pasta, weeknight

 

 

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Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

Easy homemade no churn ice cream

One of the things on our summer bucket list this year was to make homemade ice cream. This recipe is for easy homemade no churn ice cream and the best part is the flavor options are endless! I did a little experimenting in the kitchen last weekend and put two flavor combinations to the test. I’m sharing them below.

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

The base for the ice cream is super simple with only 4 ingredients – heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt. Once you have the base, you can add in whatever your taste buds desire to make different flavor combos.

Easy homemade no churn ice cream

5 from 3 votes
Course Dessert

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks start to form.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and salt
  • Gently fold in the sweetened condensed milk mixture into the heavy whipping cream until combined.
  • If serving plain vanilla ice cream, spoon into a bread loaf pan or glass container. Cover and freeze.
  • If making flavored ice cream, add in your mix-ins of choice and then follow step 4.

2 of my favorite flavor combinations are lemon blueberry and one that I named “Salty Mama”.

Lemon Blueberry

Easy homamde no churn ice cream

This one is just so refreshing and perfect for summer. Prepare the ice cream using the recipe above. Add in 1 cup of blueberries (I did mine whole but I would probably suggest quartered or mashed) and 1 tbsp lemon zest. Freeze as instructed. Prior to serving, top with some additional grated lemon zest to taste.

Salty Mama

This one is definitely richer! Peanut butter and nutella flavored topped with salty pretzels for the perfect sweet and salty combo.

Prepare the vanilla ice cream base. Using a mixer, mix in 1 cup of peanut butter and 1/2 cup of nutella until smooth. Freeze in your loaf pan or container. Prior to serving, top with crushed pretzels. Mmmmmm.

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

 

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Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream

Easy Homemade No Churn Ice Cream