This is without a doubt one of the BEST ways to use up leftover Halloween candy!
IF and I repeat IF, you have any Halloween candy left, I strongly recommend you give my Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups a try!
Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups are without a doubt one of my absolute favorite way to use up leftover candy of any kind!
For these yummy little treats I really like the mini cookie cup size. Why? Because these cookies are a homemade cookie so they’re a little more substantial. They also have a wonderful candy center for the perfect amount of yum, and they’re finished off with a nice dollop of buttercream frosting.
With a winning combination like that, these mini cookie cups end up being just enough. Keep in mind, if you need a little something more, you can always have two or three!
Let’s look at how to put these together. Shall we?
This is pretty much the variety of the candy I used. My husband had a nice stockpile going, so I had to borrow a few pieces for variety. I will be completely honest here, I didn’t use any of the Hershey’s Candy Corn white chocolate. But if you want to use it by all means go ahead.
I used mostly Snickers, Twix, and various Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture but once the cookie cups are baked the candy sinks down a bit?
That’s absolutely perfect! Think of it as a built in frosting holder.
As I was saying, as the cookie cups cool the candy will sink down a bit and that creates a nice little depression for a dollop of buttercream frosting.
So, there are two different ways I like to make my Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups, depending upon the day. You can either go with the same candy in the cookie and on top, or you can mix it up for more variety. You decide what works best for you!
Keep in mind if you are making these for co-workers or such, there may be people with nut allergies, depending upon the candy you use – just keep it in mind.
When I’m making these I add a small dollop of frosting and add a bit of chopped candy to finish it off, and that’s it – Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups to be enjoyed!
Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vanilla pudding mix (optional)
1 1/2 – 2 cups leftover candy, fun size pieces, or slightly chopped to achieve that size, reserve small amount to sprinkle on top of cookie cups
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. By hand, slowly add the flour, salt, baking soda, and instant pudding mix. Mix until combined.
3. Using a small cookie scoop, or by hand scoop out balls of dough and place one in each mini muffin cup. Fill mini muffin cups about 2/3 full and top with fun-sized candy. Slightly press down a bit, pressing candy into dough.
4. Bake cookie cups at 350 for 7-9 minutes, depending on oven. Bake until edges start to turn a nice golden brown. Cool for about 5 minutes while still in mini muffin pans, move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency.
*If you don’t want to make buttercream frosting that’s fine. Simply use store bought buttercream frosting and use that instead.
Top each Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cup with a dollop of buttercream frosting and desired amount of finely chopped candy. Serve and enjoy!
Makes 24-30 Candy Stuffed Mini Cookie Cups.