As my gift to you, here is Jules’s recipe for Halloween Cookie Bars. Ashland is magical on Halloween and Jules and the team at Torte will be spending the day putting together treat bags and baking up a delicious storm of sweet and savory delights for the costume parade on Main Street.
These cookie bars are quick and easy to bake and will satisfy any hungry crowd of young ghouls or goblins. Plus, these bars are a great way to use up any leftover Halloween candy. Is that a thing? Maybe in your house, but not in mine.
Wishing you a happy Halloween and happy baking!
Halloween Cookie Bars
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Assorted leftover candy bars, chopped
Orange and black M&M’s
Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a large glass baking dish. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the peanut butter, vanilla extract, and eggs, and continue mixing until well combined. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined. Fold in the chopped leftover candy bars and orange and black M&M’s by hand. Spread the cookie dough evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean. Allow the cookie bars to cool completely in the pan before cutting them into squares.