Loaded Cookie Bars w/ Leftover Christmas Candy

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Good Morning! It’s me again ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and New Year?

I managed to have a few days off to relax, absolutely dreading going back to Uni next week, but I have made it through half the year already, so this is the final slog to the end! Cannot wait for it to be over, so I can return my focus to blogging and food!

If, like me, you have candy, biscuits and chocolate coming out of your ears, then these are the perfect bars for you!

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They are super easy to whip up, require no chilling time and are so moist and fudgy – these have to be my favourite cookie bars, and that’s saying something as I’ve made a few!

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This recipe is so versatile. I’ve taken my Perfect Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe and then adapted it to fit in an 8×8 pan. You still get the soft, chewy cookies that everyone loves, yet in bar form!

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I used a mixture of caramel bars, honeycomb and biscuits in my bars – the combination was just heavenly. I would advise putting some biscuits in amongst your other chocolate as they offer the perfect crunchy contrast to the soft and chewy cookies ๐Ÿ™‚

You can use anything you have in the cupboards, have a play around with the flavours too. I mixed caramel and honeycomb (I think you call it sponge candy in the States?) together and it turned out so well! No-one will know you were just clearing out your cupboards when they taste them haha!

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Until next month… enjoy!

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Loaded Cookie Bars {With Leftover Christmas Candy!}

15 minutes

15 minutes

30 minutes

One 8x8 Pan

Moist, fudgy and chewy cookie bars loaded with leftover Christmas candy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup bread flour
  • 2tsp cornstarch
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/2 cups chopped candy/biscuits/chocolate (I used 1/2 cup roughly crushed chocolate biscuits, 2x Cadbury Crunchie bars, 2x Cadbury Caramel bars, 2x mini bags Cadbury buttons & 2x small Cadbury chocolate bars - but used the buttons to sprinkle on the top)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and grease and line an 8x8 inch square pan.
Place the candy/biscuits into a large bowl and crush roughly with the end of a rolling pin. If you have solid chocolate, chop it roughly and then add into the large bowl. Reserve some candy to sprinkle on the top, if you'd like.
Add the all purpose flour, bread flour, cornstarch and baking soda into the large bowl and mix briefly with a spoon/spatula until the candy is coated with flour. Leave to one side.
Place the butter and sugars into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes on med-high speed.
Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until well incorporated and smooth.
Add in the flour and candy mix and mix on low until you have a thick cookie dough.
Tip the cookie dough into the greased pan and smooth over with a spatula/spoon.
Sprinkle any remaining candy/chocolate on the top and lightly press into the dough.
Place in the oven for 15-20 mins until risen, the edges are lightly golden and an inserted skewer into the middle still comes out with some crumbs on.
Leave to cool completely in the pan.
Once cooled, remove from pan and slice into 9-12 bars. Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 5 days.

Recipe by Annie of Annie's Noms

https://www.reasonstoskipthehousework.com/loaded-cookie-bars/

9 thoughts on “Loaded Cookie Bars w/ Leftover Christmas Candy

  1. These cookies bars look wonderful! Love that they are loaded and I have a lot of Christmas candy leftover too so this is perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing Annie!

  2. Hi Melanie,
    Your Cookie Bars look delicious, we would really enjoy this recipe. Thank you so much for Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

  3. These look delicious and I have just the stash of candy to use up! Thanks for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot last week! Hope to see you again tomorrow night at 7 EST! Excited to see what you’ve been up to!

    ~Ariean {http://onekriegerchick.com/}

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